Districts of Pakistan

Last updated on 17 October 2017

The districts of Pakistan (Urdu: اِضلاعِ پاكِستان‎), are the third order administrative divisions of Pakistan. Districts are the third order of administrative divisions, below provinces and "divisions". Although the "divisions" were abolished due to the reforms of August 2000, Punjab province restored them back in 2008 followed by Balochistan in 2009, Sindh in 2011 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013.[1][2][3][4] Nevertheless, the 149 districts still form the top tier of a three-tier system of local government with the two lower tiers composed of approximately 596 tehsils (included the Kashmir region) and more than 6,000 union councils.

Prior to 2001, there were 106 districts but with the reorganisation, these were reduced to 102 by the merger of the five districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West and Malir to form Karachi District. The five districts had formed the division of Karachi which was abolished. The number of districts rose to 106 again in December 2004, when four new districts were created in the province of Sindh of which one (Umerkot) had existed until 2000 and three districts (Kashmore, Qambar and Jamshoro) were newly created.[5][a] The new districts were carved out of Mirpur Khas, Jacobabad, Larkana and Dadu Districts respectively.

In May 2005, the Punjab provincial government created a new district by raising the status of Nankana Sahib from a tehsil of Sheikhupura District to a district in its own right.[6][b] On 11 July 2011, the Sindh Government restored again the districts of Karachi South, Karachi East, Malir, Karachi West and Karachi Central, then later in 2013, the district of Korangi was carved out of Karachi East District.

In Azad Kashmir, the second tier of government is formed by three administrative divisions with a third tier of ten districts. In Gilgit–Baltistan, there are nine districts divided between the two regions of Gilgit and Baltistan; Baltistan being a part of Ladakh under Pakistani control, the other part is under Indian control.

Chagai is the largest district of Pakistan by area while Lahore District is the largest by population with total population of 11,126,285 by 2017 census. Quetta is the largest district of Balochistan by population with total population of 2,275,699 by 2017 census. Bahawalpur is the largest district of Punjab by area. Chitral is the largest by area and Peshawar is the largest by population from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the population of 4,269,079 by Census 2017. Sindh's largest district by area is Thatta and by population its Karachi West with a population of 3,914,757 by 2017 Census. The combined population of six districts of Karachi division is over 16 million by 2017 census making an average population of these six districts of Karachi division over 2.675 million each. South Waziristan Agency and Bajaur Agency are the largest from FATA by area and population respectively while Neelum and Kotli are Azad Kashmir's largest in the same order. Gilgit is the largest by area and population both for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Overview

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Katasraj temple (Sardar of Hari Singh's Haveli)
Sr. No. States / Provinces Districts Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
Country of Comparable Size
1 Balochistan 32[7] 347,190 12,344,408 18.9 Germany
2 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 25[8] 74 521 30,523,371 238.1  Panama
3 Punjab 36[9] 205,345 110,012,442 358.52 Belarus
4 Sindh 29[10] 140,914 47,886,051 216.02 Tajikistan
5 Islamabad Capital Territory 1 906 2,006,573 880.8 Turks and Caicos Islands
6 Federally Administered Tribal Areas 7 tribal agencies
6 frontier regions
27,220 5,001,576 116.7 Rwanda
7 Azad Jammu and Kashmir 10 13,297 2,972,500 258 Montenegro
8 Gilgit-Baltistan 10 72,971 3,500,000 24.8 Sierra Leone

List of districts by province/state

Balochistan

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Balochistan Districts.svg 1 Awaran Awaran 29,100 121,680 4 Kalat
2 Barkhan Barkhan 3,514 171,556 48.8 Zhob
3 Kachhi (Bolan) Dhadar 7,499 237,030 32 Nasirabad
4 Chagai Chagai 44,748[11] 226,008 5 Quetta
5 Dera Bugti Dera Bugti 10,160 312,603 31 Sibi
6 Gwadar Gwadar 12,637 263,514 21 Makran
7 Harnai[12][c] Harnai 4,096 97,017 24 Sibi
8 Jafarabad Dera Allahyar 2,445 513,813 210 Nasirabad
9 Jhal Magsi Jhal Magsi 3,615 149,225 41 Nasirabad
10 Kalat Kalat 6,622 412,232 62 Kalat
11 Kech (Turbat) Turbat 22,539 909,116 40 Makran
12 Kharan Kharan 8,958 156,152 17 Kalat
13 Kohlu Kohlu 7,610 214,350 28 Sibi
14 Khuzdar Khuzdar 35,380 802,207 23 Kalat
15 Killa Abdullah Chaman 3,293 757,578 230 Quetta
16 Killa Saifullah Killa Saifullah 6,831 342,814 50 Zhob
17 Lasbela Uthal 15,153 574,292 38 Kalat
18 Loralai Loralai 9,830 397,400 40 Zhob
19 Mastung Mastung 5,896 266,461 45 Kalat
20 Musakhel Musa Khel Bazar 5,728 167,017 29 Zhob
21 Nasirabad Dera Murad Jamali 3,387 490,538 145 Nasirabad
22 Nushki[13] Nushki 5,797 178,796 31 Quetta
23 Panjgur Panjgur 16,891 316,385 19 Makran
24 Pishin Pishin 7,819 736,481 94 Quetta
25 Quetta Quetta 2,653 2,275,699 858 Quetta
26 Sherani[d] Sherani 2,800 153,116 55 Zhob
27 Sibi Sibi 7,796 135,572 17 Sibi
28 Washuk[e] Washuk 29,510 176,206 6 Kalat
29 Zhob Zhob 20,297 310,544 15 Zhob
30 Ziarat Ziarat 1,489 160,422 108 Kalat
(31) Lehri Bakhtiarabad 9,830 118,046 12 Nasirabad
(32) Sohbatpur Sohbatpur 7,796 200,538 26 Nasirabad

Note: In this map, Lehri is shown within Sibi District on #27. Sohbatpur is shown within Jafarabad District on #8.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Sortable table
Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Districts.svg
1 Abbottabad Abbottabad 1,967 1,332,912 785 Hazara
2 Bannu Bannu 1,227 2,044,074 1,666 Bannu
3 Battagram Battagram 1,301 476,612 366 Hazara
4 Buner Daggar 1,865 897,319 481 Malakand
5 Charsadda Charsadda 996 1,616,198 1,623 Peshawar
6 Chitral Chitral 14,850 447,362 30 Malakand
7 Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 7,326 1,627,132 222 Dera Ismail Khan
8 Hangu Hangu 1,097 518,798 473 Kohat
9 Haripur Haripur 1,725 1,003,031 581 Hazara
10 Karak Karak 3,372 706,299 209 Kohat
11 Kohat Kohat 2,545 993,874 390 Kohat
12 Upper Kohistan Dasu 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara
13 Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,164 876,182 277 Bannu
14 Lower Dir Timergara 1,582 1,435,917 908 Malakand
15 Malakand Protected Area Batkhela 952 720,295 757 Malakand
16 Mansehra Mansehra 4,579 1,556,460 340 Hazara
17 Mardan Mardan 1,632 2,373,061 1,454 Mardan
18 Nowshera Nowshera 1,748 1,518,540 869 Peshawar
19 Peshawar Peshawar 1,257 4,269,079 3,396 Peshawar
20 Shangla Alpuri 1,586 757,810 478 Malakand
21 Swabi Swabi 1,543 1,624,616 1,053 Mardan
22 Swat Saidu Sharif 5,337 2,309,570 433 Malakand
23 Tank Tank 1,679 391,885 233 Dera Ismail Khan
24 Upper Dir Dir 3,699 946,421 256 Malakand
25 Torghar Judba 497 171,395 345 Hazara
26 Lower Kohistan Pattan 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara

Note: In this map, the Upper and Lower Kohistan District both are shown as one district on #12 of map. Torghar is shown within Mansehra District on #16.
Note: Upper Kohistan and Lower Kohistan have been included in the 2017 census as a single district, hence the population of both districts is identical.[14]

Punjab

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people
per
km²)
Division
Punjab (Pakistan) Districts.svg
1 Attock Attock 6,858 1,883,556 275 Rawalpindi
2 Bahawalnagar Bahawalnagar 8,878 2,981,919 336 Bahawalpur
3 Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 24,830 3,668,106 148 Bahawalpur
4 Bhakkar Bhakkar 8,153 1,650,518 202 Sargodha
5 Chakwal Chakwal 6,524 1,495,982 229 Rawalpindi
6 Chiniot Chiniot 2,643 1,369,740 518 Faisalabad
7 Dera Ghazi Khan Dera Ghazi Khan 11,922 2,872,201 241 Dera Ghazi Khan
8 Faisalabad Faisalabad 5,856 7,873,910 1,345 Faisalabad
9 Gujranwala Gujranwala 3,622 5,014,196 1,384 Gujranwala
10 Gujrat Gujrat 3,192 2,756,110 863 Gujranwala
11 Hafizabad Hafizabad 2,367 1,156,957 489 Gujranwala
12 Jhang Jhang 8,809 2,743,416 311 Faisalabad
13 Jhelum Jhelum 3,587 1,222,650 341 Rawalpindi
14 Kasur Kasur 4,796 3,454,996 720 Lahore
15 Khanewal Khanewal 4,349 2,921,986 672 Multan
16 Khushab Jauharabad 6,511 1,281,299 197 Sargodha
17 Lahore Lahore 1,772 11,126,285 6,279 Lahore
18 Layyah Layyah 6,291 1,824,230 290 Layyah
19 Lodhran Lodhran 2,778 1,700,620 612 Multan
20 Mandi Bahauddin Mandi Bahauddin 2,673 1,593,292 596 Gujranwala
21 Mianwali Mianwali 5,840 1,546,094 265 Sargodha
22 Multan Multan 3,720 4,745,109 1,275 Multan
23 Muzaffargarh Muzaffargarh 8,249 4,322,009 524 Dera Ghazi Khan
24 Narowal Narowal 2,337 1,709,757 732 Gujranwala
25 Nankana Sahib[6] Nankana Sahib 2,960 1,356,374 458 Lahore
26 Okara Okara 4,377 3,039,139 694 Sahiwal
27 Pakpattan Pakpattan 2,724 1,823,687 669 Sahiwal
28 Rahim Yar Khan Rahim Yar Khan 11,880 4,814,006 405 Bahawalpur
29 Rajanpur Rajanpur 12,319 1,995,958 162 Dera Ghazi Khan
30 Rawalpindi Rawalpindi 5,286 5,405,633 1,022 Rawalpindi
31 Sahiwal Sahiwal 3,201 2,517,560 786 Sahiwal
32 Sargodha Sargodha 5,854 3,703,588 633 Sargodha
33 Sheikhupura Sheikhupura 5,960 3,460,426 580 Sheikhupura
34 Sialkot Sialkot 3,016 3,893,672 1,291 Gujranwala
35 Toba Tek Singh Toba Tek Singh 3,252 2,190,015 673 Faisalabad
36 Vehari Vehari 4,364 2,897,446 664 Multan

Sindh

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Sindh Districts.svg
1 Badin Badin 6,726 1,804,516 268 Banbhore
2 Dadu Dadu 19,070 1,550,266 81 Hyderabad
3 Ghotki Mirpur Mathelo 6,083 1,646,318 270 Sukkur
4 Hyderabad Hyderabad 5,519 2,199,463 398 Hyderabad
5 Jacobabad Jacobabad 5,278 1,006,297 191 Larkana
6 Jamshoro[f] Jamshoro 993,142 Hyderabad
7 Karachi Central Karachi 69 2,971,626 43,067 Karachi
8 Kashmore[g] Kashmore 2,592 1,089,169 420 Larkana
9 Khairpur Khairpur 15,910 2,404,334 151 Sukkur
10 Larkana Larkana 7,423 1,524,391 205 Larkana
11 Matiari Matiari 1,417 769,349 543 Hyderabad
12 Mirpur Khas Mirpur Khas 2,925 1,505,876 515 Mirpur Khas
13 Naushahro Firoze Naushahro Feroze 2,945 1,612,373 548 Shaheed Benazir Abad
14 Shaheed Benazir Abad Nawabshah 4,502 1,612,847 358 Shaheed Benazir Abad
15 Qambar Shahdadkot[h] Qambar 1,341,042 Larkana
16 Sanghar Sanghar 10,720 2,057,057 192 Mirpur Khas
17 Shikarpur Shikarpur 2,512 1,231,481 490 Larkana
18 Sukkur Sukkur 2,512 1,487,903 592 Sukkur
19 Tando Allahyar Tando Allahyar 5,165 836,887 162 Hyderabad
20 Tando Muhammad Khan Tando Muhammad Khan 2,310 677,228 293 Hyderabad
21 Tharparkar Mithi 19,638 1,649,661 84 Mirpur Khas
22 Thatta Thatta 19,638 979,817 50 Banbhore
23 Umerkot[15] Umerkot 17,355 1,073,146 6 Mirpur Khas
24 Sujawal Sujawal 7,355 781,967 106 Banbhore
25 Karachi East Karachi 2,907,467 Karachi
26 Karachi South Karachi 122 1,791,751 14,686 Karachi
27 Karachi West Karachi 929 3,914,757 4,214 Karachi
28 Korangi Korangi 3,914,757 Karachi
29 Malir Malir 2,268 2,008,901 886 Karachi

Note: In this map, Sujawal is shown within Thatta District on #22.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Sr. No. District Headquarters Households Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
FATA Districts.svg
1 Bajaur Agency Khar 120,457 1,290 1,093,684 848
2 Khyber Agency Landi Kotal 111,558 2,576 986,973 383
3 Kurram Agency Parachinar 67,244 3,380 619,553 201
4 Mohmand Agency Ghalanai 48,118 2,296 466,984 203
5 North Waziristan Agency Miranshah 59,003 4,707 543,254  115
6 Orakzai Agency Kalaya 31,253 1,538 254,356 165
7 South Waziristan Agency Wana 80,717 6,620 679,185  103
8 FR Bannu Bannu 4,188 745 43,114  58
9 FR Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 6,924 2,008 68,556 34
10 FR Kohat Kohat 14,339 446 118,578 266
11 FR Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,348 132 26,359 200
12 FR Peshawar Peshawar 7,065 261 64,691 248
13 FR Tank Tank, Pakistan 4,165 1,221 36,389  30

Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
AJK Districts.svg
1 Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad 2,496 615,000 375 Muzaffarabad
2 Jhelum valley Jhelum valley 854 225,000 263 Muzaffarabad
3 Neelum Athmuqam 3,621 171,000 47 Muzaffarabad
4 Mirpur Mirpur 1,010 419,000 415 Mirpur
5 Bhimber Bhimber 1,516 401,000 265 Mirpur
6 Kotli Kotli 1,862 746,000 401 Mirpur
7 Poonch Rawalakot 855 524,000 613 Poonch
8 Bagh Bagh 770 351,000 456 Poonch
9 Haveli Forward Kahuta 598 138,000 231 Poonch
10 Sudhnati Pallandari 569 278,000 489 Poonch

Gilgit–Baltistan

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Division
Gilgit-Baltistan Districts.svg 1 Ghanche Khaplu 6,400 88,366 Baltistan
2 Skardu Skardu 15,000 214,848 Baltistan
3 Astore Gorikot 8,657 71,666 Gilgit
4 Diamer Chilas 10,936 131,925 Gilgit
5 Ghizer Gakuch 9,635 120,218 Gilgit
6 Gilgit Gilgit 38,000 243,324 Gilgit
7 Hunza Ali Abad 17,145 80,355 Gilgit
8 Kharmang Tolti 20,000[16] Baltistan
9 Shigar Shigar 8,500 109,000 Baltistan
10 Nagar Nagar II 15,567 89,420 Gilgit

See also

Notes

  1. ^ No data is available on the recently created districts of Sindh Province.
  2. ^ No data is available on the recently created district of Nankana, which was part of Sheikhupura District.
  3. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Harnai, which was part of Sibi District.
  4. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Sherani, which was part of Zhob District.
  5. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Washuk, which was part of Kharan District.
  6. ^ No data available for this recently created district.
  7. ^ No data available for this recently created district.
  8. ^ No data available for this recently created district.

All the figures require being re-checked. Data entry error has occurred in Sindh Province.

References

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  3. ^ "Governor Balochistan notifies restoration of Commissioner System". Aaj News. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Sindh back to 5 divisions after 11 years".
  5. ^ "Four new districts in Sindh". Daily Times. 11 December 2004. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Nankana becomes district". Dawn.Com. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Districts". Balochistan.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Government". Khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Districts | Punjab Portal". Punjab.gov.pk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Map of Sindh". Government of Sindh. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Country escapes major earthquake damage". Daily Times. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Harnai is new district of Balochistan". Dawn.Com. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Kharan and Noshki District" (PDF). American Refugee Committee. July 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  14. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk.
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  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.

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