Dera Ghazi Khan District

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Dera Ghazi Khan District
  • ضلع ڈيره غازى خان
  • ضلع دیرہ غازی خان
  • ڈیرہ غازی خان
Fort Minro, Punjab (2).jpg
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Top: Sulaiman Mountains near Fort Munro
Bottom: Shrine of Mullah Qaid Shah
Map of Dera Ghazi Khan District
Map of Dera Ghazi Khan District
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DivisionDera Ghazi Khan
HeadquartersDera Ghazi Khan
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerSardar Abdul haye Dasti
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total11,294 km2 (4,361 sq mi)
 • Total2,872,631
 • Density250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils4

Dera Ghazi Khan (Urdu and Punjabi: ضلع ڈيره غازى خان, Saraiki: ضلع دیرہ غازی خان, Balochi: ڈیرہ غازی خان) is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Its capital is the town of Dera Ghazi Khan. Most of its inhabitants are Saraikis and Baloch.

The district lies to the west of the Indus River. The Sulaiman Mountains rise to a height of 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in the north of the district.[3]


The district is divided into Four tehsils [4][5] which are divided into a total of sixty Union Councils:[6]

Tehsil No. of Unions
Dera Ghazi Khan 41
Taunsa 24
Koh-e-sulaiman 01


The city was founded at the close of the 15th century and named after Nawab Ghazi Khan Mirani, son of Nawab Haji Khan Mirani, a Balochi chieftain, who had declared independence from the Langah Dynasty's Sultans of Multan.[7] Together with two other Deras i.e. settlements, Dera Ismail Khan and Dera Fateh Khan, it gave its name to Derajat. Derajat eventually came into the possession of the British after the Sikh War in 1849 and was divided into two districts: Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan.[7] After the independence, many of the city's Hindu residents settled in Derawal Nagar colony of Delhi, India.[8] The district of Rajanpur was later carved out of the Dera Ghazi Khan district.

Based on the surveys of 2004–2005, Dera Ghazi Khan district is considered one of the twenty poorest districts of Pakistan with about 51% of its population living under the poverty line.[9]

Dera Ghazi Khan Tehsil[edit]

As well as being district capital, Dera Ghazi Khan is also the capital of U/C Sabra Nachan.Dera Ghazi Khan Tehsil, an administrative subdivision of the district. The city of Dera Ghazi Khan is itself administratively subdivided into seven Union Councils.[10]

Captured on 2013
Dera Ghazi Khan International Airport


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 2,872,631, of which 1,451,327 were males and 1,421,127 females. Rural population is 2,326,410 while the urban population is 546,221. The literacy rate was 46.67%.


As per the 2017 census, Muslims made up nearly the entire population with 99.89%.[2]

Religion in Dera Ghazi Khan District
Religion Population (1941)[11]: 42  Percentage (1941)
Islam Star and Crescent.svg 512,678 88.19%
Hinduism Om.svg 67,423 11.6%
Sikhism Khanda.svg 1,072 0.18%
Christianity Christian cross.svg 137 0.02%
Others [a] 40 0.01%
Total Population 581,350 100%


At the time of the 2017 Census of Pakistan, the distribution of the population of Dera Ghazi Khan District by first language was as follows:[12]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "D.G.Khan | Punjab Portal".
  2. ^ a b "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ Dera Ghazi Khan District – Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 248
  4. ^ "Tehsils & Unions in the District of D.G. Khan – Government of Pakistan". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ Pakistan Government – List of Tehsils Archived 5 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of D.G. Khan Archived 9 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dera Ghazi Khan" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 64.
  8. ^ "Colonies, posh and model in name only!". NCR Tribune. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  9. ^ Haroon Jamal (June 2007). Income Poverty at District Level: An Application of Small Area Estimation Technique (PDF) (Report). Social Policy and Development Centre. pp. 15–18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Tehsils & Unions in the District of D.G. Khan – Government of Pakistan". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  11. ^ "CENSUS OF INDIA, 1941 VOLUME VI PUNJAB PROVINCE". Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  12. ^ Census-2017 - Detailed Tables
  1. ^ Including Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated

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Coordinates: 29°50′N 70°30′E / 29.833°N 70.500°E / 29.833; 70.500