Lodhran District

Coordinates: 29°32′24″N 71°37′48″E / 29.54000°N 71.63000°E / 29.54000; 71.63000
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Lodhran District
ضِلع لودھراں
Shrine of Sheikh Ahma Kabir
Shrine of Sheikh Ahma Kabir
Map of Punjab with Lodhran District highlighted
Map of Punjab with Lodhran District highlighted
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerAbdul Rauf Mahar
 • District Police OfficerHassam Bin Iqbal
 • Chief executive officer healthFaisal Waheed
 • Total2,778 km2 (1,073 sq mi)
 • Total1,928,299
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils3

Lodhran District (Saraiki: ضِلع لودهراں), is a district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan, with the city of Lodhran as its capital. Located on the northern side of the River Sutlej, it is bounded to the north by the districts of Multan, Khanewal and Vehari, to the south by Bahawalpur, to the east lie the districts of Vehari and Bahawalpur; while district Multan lies on the western side.

Lodhran was split off as a separate district from Multan in 1991.[2] It has the lowest Human Development Index of all districts in Punjab, and is among the thirty poorest districts in Pakistan.[3]: 85  It is a well-known cotton-growing area.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Lodhran District is spread over an area of 2,778 square kilometres and is subdivided into three tehsils (Lodhran, Kahror Pakka and Dunyapur) which contain a total of 73 Union Councils:[4]

Tehsil No. of Unions
Dunyapur[4] 22
Kahror Pakka[4] 23
Lodhran[4] 28
Total 73


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1951 289,052—    
1961 363,563+2.32%
1972 558,793+3.98%
1981 739,912+3.17%
1998 1,171,800+2.74%
2017 1,699,693+1.98%
2023 1,928,299+2.13%

At the time of the 2017 census, Lodhran district had 262,629 households and a population of 1,699,693. Lodhran had a sex ratio of 973 females per 1000 males and a literacy rate of 49.88% - 61.61% for males and 38.08% for females. 265,601 (15.63%) lived in urban areas. 502,932 (29.59%) were under 10 years of age.[6] In 2023, the district had 324,020 households and a population of 1,928,299.[1]

Religion in Lodhran District[a]
Religion Population (1941)[7]: 62–63  Percentage (1941) Population (2017) Percentage (2017)
Islam 175,642 82.59% 1,695,600 99.76%
Hinduism [b] 33,246 15.63% 93 0.01%
Sikhism 3,519 1.65%
Christianity 218 0.1% 3,227 0.19%
Ahmadi 710 0.04%
Others [c] 49 0.02% 63 0%
Total Population 212,674 100% 1,699,693 100%

Languages of Lodhran district (2017)[6]

  Saraiki (74.23%)
  Punjabi (15.65%)
  Urdu (9.03%)
  Others (1.09%)

At the time of the 2017 census, 74.23% of the population spoke Saraiki, 15.65% Punjabi and 9.03% Urdu as their first language.[6]

The most widely spoken first language is Saraiki (70%), which is used by the major indigenous social groups of the Joya , Baloch, Awan, Arain, Kanju, Uttera/Uttero, Ghallu, Bhutta, Lodhra, Metla, Chaner Syed, Qureshi, Tareen and Pathan. Additionally, Punjabi is spoken by about 19%. The percentage of the district's population who declared Urdu as their language at the 1998 census was 9%; this includes these Haryanvi speakers as well as other, smaller, groups of Muhajirs such as the Mughal. Additionally, the nomadic Od people are speakers of the Od language, while Pashto (0.2%) is spoken by Pashtuns.[8][3]: 83 


  1. ^ 1941 figures are for Lodhran tehsil of Multan District, which roughly corresponds to present-day Khanewal district. Historic district borders may not be an exact match in the present-day due to various bifurcations to district borders — which since created new districts — throughout the historic Punjab Province region during the post-independence era that have taken into account population increases.
  2. ^ 1941 census: Including Ad-Dharmis
  3. ^ Including Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, or not stated


  1. ^ a b "TABLE 1 : HOUSEHOLDS, POPULATION, HOUSEHOLD SIZE AND ANNUAL GROWTH RATE" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2023.
  2. ^ a b Khan, Ahmad Fraz (18 January 2021). "Multan's mangoes and multinationals". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  3. ^ a b Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb (2014). Time, Space and Social Change in Rural Pakistan: An Ethnographic Study of Jhokwala Village, Lodhran District (Thesis). Durham University website. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Lodhran". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Population by administrative units 1951-1998" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  6. ^ a b c "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  7. ^ "CENSUS OF INDIA, 1941 VOLUME VI PUNJAB PROVINCE". Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  8. ^ Lodhran District - Population Details Citypopulation.de website, Retrieved 6 April 2023

29°32′24″N 71°37′48″E / 29.54000°N 71.63000°E / 29.54000; 71.63000