Khushab District

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ضِلع خُوشاب
Temples of Amb at Amb Sharif District Khushab Pakistan - SW face.jpg
Khushab District highlighted within Punjab Province
Khushab District highlighted within Punjab Province
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
DivisionSargodha Division
Established2 July 1982[1]
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerCapt(R) Shoaib Ali (PAS)
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total6,511 km2 (2,514 sq mi)
 • Total1,280,372
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils4
Main languagePunjabi

Khushab District (Punjabi, Urdu: ضِلع خُوشاب), is a district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan, with its administrative capital in Jauharabad. The district is named after the historical city of Khushab located within its boundaries. According to the 1998 census, the population was 905,711 with 24.76% living in urban areas. The district consists of four tehsils: Khushab, Noorpur Thal, Quaidabad and Naushera.[4] Khushab is home to the Heavy Water and Natural Uranium Research Reactor,[5] part of Pakistan's Special Weapons Program.[6]


Khushab is situated between the cities of Sargodha and Mianwali, near the river Jhelum. The district capital is Jauharabad (founded 1953, pop. 39,477).

Khushab consists of agricultural lowland plains, lakes, and hills. Parts of the Thal desert touch the district, which has a breadth of over 70 miles (110 km) and is situated between the Indus river and the Jhelum river.

There are three lakes (Ochali, Khabbaki, and Jahlar) in the district. Kanhatti Garden is the largest forest in Khushab district, near Khabbaki village in the Soon Valley. Khabikki Lake is a salt-water lake in the southern Salt Range. The lake is one kilometre wide and two kilometres long. Khabikki is also the name of a neighbouring village. Sakesar is the highest mountain in the Salt Range,[7] and is the site of the ancient Amb Temples. Sakesar’s summit is 1522 metres / 4946 feet high and is situated in Khushab District.


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 1,281,299,[3] of which 637,474 were males and 642,791 females. Rural population is 927,412 while the urban population is 352,960. The literacy rate was 59.75%. Muslims were the predominant religious community with 99.02% of the population while Christians were 0.82% of the population.[3]

According to the 1998 census the major first language[8] of the district is Punjabi, spoken by 96.8% of the population, with Urdu spoken by 1.5%.[9]: 22 


According to Pakistan District Education Ranking, a report released by Alif Ailaan, Khushab is ranked 42 nationally with an education score of 65.42 and learning score of 65.82.

The readiness score of Khushab is 62.33. The infrastructure score of the district is 88.11, which indicates that the schools in Khushab have adequate facilities

The issues reported in TaleemDo! app says that there are some areas where there are no government schools for girls. Another major issue reported was that teachers don't do their jobs properly and don't do justice to their profession.[citation needed]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Khushab got the status of district in 1982. At the start, the district was divided into two tehsils, Khushab, Noorpur Thal. Later on Quaidabad was given the status of Tehsil in March 2007[10] and Naushera (Wadi e Soon) became 4th Tehsil of District Khushab in March 2013. In the local bodies delimitation of 2000 (before the creation of the Tehsil Quaidabad and Naushehra), it contained a total of fifty-one Union Councils.[11] In the 2015 delimitation of District Khushab, 48 rural union councils and 7 urban Municipal Committees were created by the election Commission of Pakistan.[12]

Khushab Tehsil[edit]

In 2000, Tehsil Khushab was subdivided into 32 Union councils; but in 2015, 10 urban Union councils (Khushab 5, Jauharabad 2, Hadali 2 and Mitha Tiwana 1) transferred to Municipal Committees whereas six Union councils have become the part of Tehsil Naushehra. Now Tehsil Khushab has 18 Union councils and 5 Municipal Committees:[12]

Noorpur Thal Tehsil[edit]

Noorpur Thal is subdivided into 12 Union Councils and 1 Municipal Committee.[11]

Quaidabad Tehsil[edit]

Quaidabad is subdivided into 10 Union Councils and 2 Municipal Committees.[10]

Naushera Tehsil[edit]

Naushera (Vadi e Soon) is subdivided into 6 Union Councils and 1 Municipal Committee.[12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "District Courts Khushab".
  2. ^ "Khushab – Punjab Portal".
  3. ^ a b c "Province Wise Provisional Results Of Census - 2017 (See page 5 of 16 for Khushab District)" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Tehsil Codes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  5. ^ Special Weapons Program of Pakistan (Federation of American Scientists)
  6. ^ South Asia arms race - is it paranoia? (BBC News).
  7. ^ Sumra, Anwer Hussain (30 October 2013). "Sakesar a tourist spot". The Express Tribune. Pakistan. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Mother tongue": defined as the language of communication between parents and children and recorded of each individual.
  9. ^ 1998 District Census report of Khushab. Census publication. Vol. 64. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  10. ^ a b "Tehsil status". Dawn (newspaper). 24 March 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Khushab". National Reconstruction Bureau - Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  12. ^ a b c "Municipal Committees of the Punjab" (PDF). Election Commission of Pakistan website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2023.

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