Bahawalnagar District

Coordinates: 30°00′N 73°15′E / 30.000°N 73.250°E / 30.000; 73.250
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ضلع بہاولنگر
Top: Marot Fort
Bottom: Fields in Chak 38-R
Map of Bahawalnagar District (highlighted in red) within Punjab.
Map of Bahawalnagar District (highlighted in red) within Punjab.
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerMuhammad Waseem
 • District Police OfficerMuhammad Essa Khan Sukhera
 • Total8,878 km2 (3,428 sq mi)
 • Total3,550,342
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
No. of Tehsils5
Fort Abbas

Bahawalnagar District (Urdu and Punjabi: ضلع بہاولنگر), is a district of Punjab province in Pakistan. Before the independence of Pakistan, Bahawalnagar was part of Bahawalpur state governed by the Nawab of Bahawalpur. The city of Bahawalnagar is the capital of the district.[2]

District boundaries[edit]

The boundaries of Bahawalnagar in the east and south touches the Indian territory of Bikaner and Firozpur districts[3] while Bahawalpur district lies on its west and river Sutlej flows on its northern side. District Bahawalnagar spreads over an area of 8878 square kilometers.[4]


Tehsils of Bahawalnagar district

The district of Bahawalnagar is spread over an area of 8,878 square kilometres (3427.8 square miles) comprising five tehsils and 118 Union Councils:[5]

Tehsil name No of Unions Population
Bahawalnagar[5] 31 815,143
Chishtian[5] 29 691,221
Fort Abbas[5] 16 423,529
Haroonabad[5] 22 525,598
Minchinabad[5] 20 526,428
Total 118 2,981,919


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1951 630,430—    
1961 822,827+2.70%
1972 1,073,891+2.45%
1981 1,373,747+2.77%
1998 2,061,447+2.42%
2017 2,975,656+1.95%
2023 3,550,342+2.99%

At the time of the 2017 census, Bahawalnagar district had 479,631 households and a population of 2,975,656. Bahawalnagar had a sex ratio of 970 females per 1000 males and a literacy rate of 53.08% - 61.34% for males and 44.65% for females. 619,686 (20.83%) lived in urban areas. 832,477 (27.98%) were under 10 years of age. 12,417 (0.42%) were from religious minorities, of which Christians were 7,625, Hindus 2,631, Ahmadi 2,025 and other 136.[7] In 2023, the district had 558,333 households and a population of 3,550,342.[1]

Languages of Bahawalnagar district (2017)[7]

  Punjabi (95.14%)
  Saraiki (1.97%)
  Urdu (1.64%)
  Others (1.25%)

At the time of the 2017 census, 95.14% of the population spoke Punjabi, 1.97% Saraiki and 1.64% Urdu as their first language.[7]


Nawab Bahawal Khan-1[8] as second nawab of Bahawalpur ascended the throne in 1746 A.D.

Muhammad Mubarik, after ruling successfully for years, died issueless in 1772 A.D. He was succeeded by his nephew Sahibzada Jafar Khan alias Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan-II[9] in 1772.

Shrine of Tajuddin Chishti[edit]

Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti also known as Taj Sarwar Chishti was a Sufi saint of Chishti Order. He was a grandson Shaikh Farid-ud-din Ganjshakar of Pakpattan and his descendants founded the village of Chishtian around 1265 CE (574 Hijri, Islamic calendar). Many native tribes in Punjab region accepted Islam due to his missionary Daawah. Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti faced hostility from many Mughal and Turk tribes that opposed his Muslim missionary Daawah as it interfered with their plans and he was martyred in a battle and was buried in Chishtian. Shrine of Sufi saint Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti, located at the city of Chishtian. The dargah of Shaikh Taj-ud-din Chishti is called Roza Taj Sarwar.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "TABLE 1 : HOUSEHOLDS, POPULATION, HOUSEHOLD SIZE AND ANNUAL GROWTH RATE" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2023.
  2. ^ "Bahawalnagar District - population per 2017 Census of Pakistan (scroll down to page 8 of 16 for Bahawalnagar District)" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  3. ^ "District Overview Bahawalnagar". District Overview Bahawalnagar. District Police Bahawalnagar. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Bahawalnagar". Punjab Portal, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Bahawalnagar". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Population by administrative units 1951-1998" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  7. ^ a b c "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  8. ^ "Bahawalpur Princely State - History of its Rulers". Cholistan Development Authority, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Bahawalpur City - Ruler Nawabs of Bahawalpur State". Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Shrine of Tajuddin Chishti, Chishtian, Bahawalnagar". website. Retrieved 14 December 2023.

30°00′N 73°15′E / 30.000°N 73.250°E / 30.000; 73.250