Attock District

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ضلع اٹک
Wider view of Wah Mughal Gardens rooms.jpg
Attock Fort from Khairabad Bridge.JPG
Top: Wah Gardens, Bottom: Attock Fort
Attock District highlighted within Punjab Province
Attock District highlighted within Punjab Province
Coordinates: 33°45′57.6″N 72°21′39.2″E / 33.766000°N 72.360889°E / 33.766000; 72.360889
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerAamir Aqiq Khan[1]
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total6,857 km2 (2,648 sq mi)
355 m (1,165 ft)
 • Total1,886,378
 • Density280/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
LanguagesEnglish, Punjabi, and Pashto
No. of Tehsils6
Fateh Jang
Hassan Abdal
Pindi Gheb

Attock District (Urdu and Punjabi: ضلع اٹک) is a district in Pothohar Plateau of the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Its capital is Attock city.

The district was created in April 1904[4] by the merging of tehsils of nearby districts. Its former name was Campbellpur. Today the district consists of 6 tehsils: Attock, Fateh Jang, Hazro, Hassan Abdal, Jand and Pindi Gheb.

It is located in the north of the Punjab province, bordered by Chakwal to the south, Mianwali to the southwest, Rawalpindi to the east, Kohat to the west, Nowshera to the northwest, and Swabi and Haripur to the north.


The original name of Attock District was Attock. It was changed to Campbellpur after the Commander-in-Chief of British forces Sir Colin Campbell, who rebuilt the city of Campbellpur. The name Attock was restored in 1978.[5]


According to the 2017 census of Pakistan the district had a population of 1,886,378, of which 938,650 were male and 947,597 were female. 1,395,470 (73.98%) lived in rural areas while 490,908 (26.02%) lived in urban areas.


Religion in Attock district (2011)[2]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

As per the 2017 census Islam is the predominant religion with 99.51% of the population.[2]

Religion in Attock District[a]
Religion Population (1941)[6]: 42  Percentage (1941) Population (2017)[2] Percentage (2017)
Islam Star and Crescent.svg 611,128 90.42% 1,877,221 99.51%
Hinduism Om.svg[b] 43,009 6.36% 545 0.03%
Sikhism Khanda.svg 20,120 2.98% -- --
Christianity Christian cross.svg 504 0.07% 7,699 0.41%
Others [c] 1,114 0.16% 883 0.05%
Total Population 675,875 100% 1,886,378 100%


In the 1998 census, 87% of the population identified their language as Punjabi. Pashto was the language of 8.3% and Urdu – of 1.1%.[7]

Languages of Attock district (2017)[2]

  Punjabi (64.93%)
  Hindko (16.51%)
  Pashto (14.54%)
  Urdu (1.81%)
  Others (2.21%)

In the 2017 census 64.93% of the population identified their language as Punjabi, 16.51% Hindko, 14.54% Pashto and 1.81% Urdu as their first language.[2]

The Punjabi dialect of the eastern Fateh Jang Tehsil is called Sohāī̃ and belongs to the Dhani dialect group. The dialects of Pindi Gheb Tehsil (called Ghebi) and of Attock (sometimes called Chhachi) have been classified as part of Hindko.[8]


The district of Attock is divided into six tehsils[9]

  1. Attock
  2. Fateh Jang
  3. Hasan Abdal
  4. Hazro
  5. Jand
  6. Pindi Gheb

Union Councils[edit]

District contain a total of 72 Union Councils.[10]


Attock has a total of 1,287 government schools out of which 51 percent (657 schools) are for female students. The district has an enrolment of 224,487 in public sector schools[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New DCS appointed in Pindi, Attock". 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Attock district - 2017 census". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  4. ^ Gazetteer of the Attock District 1930, Punjab Government, Lahore 1932. Reprinted version: Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, 1989
  5. ^ "Official Website". Attock Police. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2007.
  6. ^ "CENSUS OF INDIA, 1941 VOLUME VI PUNJAB PROVINCE". Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  7. ^ 1998 District Census report of Attock. Census publication. Vol. 12. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.
  8. ^ Shackle, Christopher (1980). "Hindko in Kohat and Peshawar". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 43 (3): 484–86. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00137401. ISSN 0041-977X. S2CID 129436200.
  9. ^ "Tehsils of district Attock". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Union Councils of district Attock". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Punjab Annual Schools Census Data 2014-15". Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  1. ^ Historic district borders may not be an exact match in the present-day due to various bifurcations to district borders — which since created new districts — throughout the historic Punjab Province region during the post-independence era that have taken into account population increases.
  2. ^ 1941 census: Including Ad-Dharmis, 2017 census: Including Scheduled Castes
  3. ^ Including Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, (Ahmadi and Sikh in the 2017 census) or not stated