Bahawalnagar District

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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 CommissionerCapt. (Retired) Muhammad Waseem
 • District Police OfficerMuhammad Essa Khan Sukhera
 • Total8,878 km2 (3,428 sq mi)
 • Total2,975,656
 • Density340/km2 (870/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. Its population according to the 2017 census is 2,982,000 people.[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 comprising five tehsils and 118 Union Councils:[5]

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


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 2,975,656, of which 1,510,427 were males and 1,464,900 females. Rural population is 2,355,970 while the urban population is 619,686. The literacy rate was 53.08%. Muslims made up almost the entire population with 99.58%.[1] The sub-campus of Islamia University is located here.


At the time of the 2017 Census of Pakistan, the distribution of the population of Bahawalnagar District by first language was as follows:[6]


Nawab Bahawal Khan-1[7] 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 nephew Sahibzada Jafar Khan alias Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan-II[8] 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.[9]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "District Overview Bahawalnagar". District Overview Bahawalnagar. District Police Bahawalnagar. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Bahawalnagar | Punjab Portal". Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ Unions in Bahawalnagar Government of Pakistan Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  6. ^ Census-2017 - Detailed Tables
  7. ^ "CDA". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Bahawalpur City". Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Shrine of Tajuddin Chishti, Bahawalnagar - Mera Watan". Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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