Bhakkar District

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Ruins of Mankera Fort in the Thal Desert
Ruins of Mankera Fort in the Thal Desert
Location of Bhakkar District within Punjab.
Location of Bhakkar District within Punjab.
Coordinates: 31°37′23″N 71°03′45″E / 31.6230°N 71.0626°E / 31.6230; 71.0626Coordinates: 31°37′23″N 71°03′45″E / 31.6230°N 71.0626°E / 31.6230; 71.0626
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Tehsils (4)
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerSyed Musa Raza
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
[1]: 1 
 • Total8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
 • Total1,647,852
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
LanguagesSaraiki, Punjabi

Bhakkar District (Urdu: ضِلع بهكّر), is a district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. The district was created out of parts of Mianwali in 1982,[3] and has the city of Bhakkar as its headquarters. Part of its area consists of a riverine tract along the Indus, called Kaccha, while most of the district area lies in the desolate plain of the Thal Desert.[4] The main languages spoken in the district are Saraiki (79.97%), Punjabi (10.18%), Urdu (7.14%), and Pashto (2.33%).[2]

It is located in the west of the Punjab province, Bhakkar district is bordered by Layyah to its south, Jhang to its south east, Dera Ismail Khan to its west, Khushab to its north east, and Mianwali to its north.


The district is administratively divided into four Tehsils and 64 Union Councils:[5]

Khansar Union Council is one of the major Union Councils in Bhakkar. Mari Shah Sakhira Union Council is very close to Bhakkar District boundary.


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 1,647,852, of which 843,056 were males and 804,669 females. Rural population is 1,388,198 while the urban population is 259,654. The literacy rate was 51.82%. Muslims made up almost the entire population with 99.89%.[2]

At the time of the 2017 census, 79.97% of the population spoke Saraiki, 10.18% Punjabi, 7.14% Urdu and 2.33% Pashto as their first language.[2]


According to the census held in 2017, the literacy rate of Bhakkar is about 55%. There are 19 colleges, and 1300 primary, elementary, secondary, and higher secondary schools.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1998 District Census report of Bhakkar. Census publication. Vol. 74. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  2. ^ a b c d "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ "Bhakkar". Punjab Portal, Government of Punjab websitel. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  4. ^ Bhakkar Tahsil - Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 8, p. 43
  5. ^ a b c d e "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Bhakkar". Government of Pakistan website. 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2022.

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