Lower Dir District

Coordinates: 34°51′N 71°51′E / 34.850°N 71.850°E / 34.850; 71.850
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Lower Dir District
ضلع دیرِ زیریں
Top: Katora Lake
Bottom: Rock formation near Abid
Location of Lower Dir District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Location of Lower Dir District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Coordinates: 34°51′N 71°51′E / 34.850°N 71.850°E / 34.850; 71.850
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Total1,583 km2 (611 sq mi)
 • Total1,436,082
 • Density910/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zonePST
Number of Tehsils5

Lower Dir District (Pashto: لر / کوز دير ولسوالۍ, Urdu: ضلع دیر زیریں) is a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Timergara city is the district headquarter but part of Central Dir District(Headquarter will be shift to own territory). The district was formed in 1996, when Dir District was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir. Recently, On 22 January 2023, Lower Dir District also bifurcated to create Central Dir District. The district borders Swat District on its East, Afghanistan on its West, Upper Dir and Chitral on its North and North-West respectively and Malakand and Bajaur Agency on its South.


At the time of independence of Pakistan, Dir was a princely state ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. It was merged with Pakistan in 1969 and later declared a district in 1970.


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 1,436,082, of which 709,829 were males and 726,203 females. Rural population was 1,395,768 (97.19%) while the urban population was 40,314 (2.81%). The literacy rate was 61.83% - the male literacy rate was 74.45% while the female literacy rate was 49.45%. 471 people in the district were from religious minorities. Pashto was the predominant language, spoken by 99.30% of the population.[1]



National Assembly[edit]

NA-6 (Lower Dir-I) and NA-7 (Lower Dir-II) are constituencies of the National Assembly of Pakistan from Lower Dir district. These areas were formerly part of NA-34 (Lower Dir) constituency from 1977 to 2018. The delimitation in 2018 split Lower Dir into two separate constituencies, NA-6 (Lower Dir-I) and NA-7 (Lower Dir-II).

NA-34 constituency (2002-2018)[edit]

Member of National Assembly Party Affiliation Year
Qazi Hussain Ahmad Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal 2002
Maulana Ahmad Ghafoor Ghawas Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal 2003
Malak Azmat Khan Pakistan Peoples Party 2008
Shahib Zada Muhammad Yaqub Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan 2013

Since 2018: NA-6 (Lower Dir-I) and NA-7 (Lower Dir-II)[edit]

Member of National Assembly Party Affiliation Constituency Year
Mehboob Shah PTI NA-6 (Lower Dir-I) 2018
Muhammad Bashir Khan PTI NA-7 (Lower Dir-II) 2018

Provincial Assembly[edit]

Member of Provincial Assembly Party Affiliation Constituency Year
Muhammad Azam Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-13 (Lower Dir-I) 2018
Humayun Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-14 (Lower Dir-II) 2018
Shafi ullah Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-15 (Lower Dir-III) 2018
Bahdur Khan Awami National Party PK-16 (Lower Dir-IV) 2018
Liaqat Ali Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-17 (Lower Dir-V) 2018

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ "Tribe seeks ban on sale, purchase of shared land". www.thenews.com.pk.
  3. ^ High Court, Peshawar. (PDF) https://www.peshawarhighcourt.gov.pk/PHCCMS//judgments/R.F.A.--No.--53-M-of-2016--Govt-of-KPK-Vs--Nawabzada-M.-Shahabuddin.pdf. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)


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