Coordinates: 32°55′49″N 72°51′20″E / 32.93028°N 72.85556°E / 32.93028; 72.85556
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Chakwal is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Location of Chakwal
Chakwal is located in Pakistan
Chakwal (Pakistan)
Coordinates: 32°55′49″N 72°51′20″E / 32.93028°N 72.85556°E / 32.93028; 72.85556
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
 • City138,214 per 2,017 census
 • Rank63rd, Pakistan
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
Postal code
Dialling code0543
Number of Union councils5

Chakwal (Punjabi and Urdu: چکوال) is a city in Chakwal District, in the Potohar region of Punjab, Pakistan.[1]

It is the 66th largest city of Pakistan by population.[2] Chakwal is located 90 kilometres south-west of the federal capital, Islamabad and 270 kilometres from the provincial capital, Lahore. It is most closely accessible by both the Islamabad International Airport as well as the Lahore International Airport.[3]


Chakwal district is located in the Dhanni Region of the Potohar in northern Punjab, Pakistan. Chakwal district is also famous for making Zari shoes and the traditional craft is Khes weaving.[4]

It is believed that the name of the city "Chakwal" is derived from "Chako Khan", a noble person. For many early years, this region was under the reign of Dogras and Khokhars. In Moghul emperor Babar’s time seven tribes called Awans, Waince, Mair Minhas, Khokhar, Bhatti, Mughal Kassar and Kahut Quriesh were settled in this region.

Chakwal is also known as the land of honor or the land of army people due to a lot of people servicing in army and all defense forces. One of major Notable person is Lance Havaldar Laal Khan who was awarded Tamgha-i-Jurat (Baloch Regiment), TJ, 1958. He belongs to Sardhi village later he moved to 25 Pull town Shorkot city.


Chakwal's landscape features the canyons in Thirchak-Mahal. There are man-made and natural lakes around the city in neighbouring communities.[5]

Chakwal is mainly an agriculture area. Currently Chakwal is famous for production of international standard oranges, wheat, barley, sugarcane, and many other fruits and vegetables. Many international cement companies have planted their factories around the city whose success versace environmental issues are debatable. [6]


Chakwal was created as an independent district of Rawalpindi in 1985 by combining sub division Chakwal of district Jhelum, sub division Talagang of district Attock and the police station Choa Saidan Shah, carved out of sub division Pind Dadan Khan of district Jhelum.[7]

In addition to being the district headquarters, Chakwal city is also the administrative centre of Chakwal tehsil (a subdivision of the district). The Chakwal District is divided into three Tehsils, namely, Kalar-Kahar, Choa Saidan Shah and Chakwal itself. The city of Chakwal itself is divided into five Union councils:[8] and Chakwal district is divided into 68 union councils.

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  1. ^ a b "PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities (Chakwal city)". website. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ Chakwal is the 66th largest city per population in Pakistan website, Retrieved 15 October 2021
  3. ^ Tayeba Batool (23 February 2019). "A walk through the historic streets of Chakwal". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  4. ^ Chakwal on Punjab Portal website Retrieved 15 October 2021
  5. ^ Adamson, Hilary; Shaw, Isobel (1981). A traveller's guide to Pakistan. Asian Study Group.
  6. ^ "Chakwal - Wikitravel". Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Chakwal | Punjab Portal". Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Chakwal". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan website. 2 December 2007. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2021.

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