Muzaffargarh District

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Muzaffargarh District
ضِلع مُظفّرگڑھ
Beautiful Tomb of Sheikh Sadan located near District Muzaffargarh ,Pakistan. 02.jpeg
Field in Muzaffargarh.jpg
Top: Tomb of Sheikh Sadan
Bottom: Fields in Muzaffargarh district
District Government Muzaffargarh
Map of Muzaffargarh District highlighted in red
Map of Muzaffargarh District highlighted in red
Coordinates: 30°4′10″N 71°11′39″E / 30.06944°N 71.19417°E / 30.06944; 71.19417Coordinates: 30°4′10″N 71°11′39″E / 30.06944°N 71.19417°E / 30.06944; 71.19417
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DivisionDera Ghazi Khan
HeadquartersMuzaffargarh
Government
 • TypeDistrict Government
 • Deputy CommissionerAmjad Shoaib Tareen[1]
 • District Police OfficerHassan Iqbal[2]
 • District Health OfficerN/A
Area
 • Total8,249 km2 (3,185 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)[3]
 • Total4,328,549
 • Density520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils3
Websitemuzaffargarh.punjab.gov.pk

Muzaffargarh District (Urdu: ضِلع مُظفّرگڑھ) is a district of the Punjab province of Pakistan. Its capital is Muzaffargarh city. It lies on the bank of the Chenab River.

Administration[edit]

The district is administratively divided into the following three tehsils (subdivisions), which contain a total of 93 Union Councils:[4]

Tehsil No. of Unions
Alipur 14
Jatoi 16
Muzaffargarh 35
Total 65

Demographics[edit]

At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 4,328,549, of which 2,223,085 were males and 2,105,145 females. Rural population is 3,630,138 while the urban population is 698,411. The literacy rate was 47.11%.

Religion[edit]

As per the 2017 census, Muslims made up almost the entire population with 99.78%.[3]

Religion in Muzaffargarh District[a]
Religion Population (1941)[5]: 42  Percentage (1941)
Islam Star and Crescent.svg 616,074 86.42%
Hinduism Om.svg[b] 90,643 12.72%
Sikhism Khanda.svg 5,882 0.83%
Christianity Christian cross.svg 218 0.03%
Others [c] 32 0%
Total Population 712,849 100%

Language[edit]

At the time of the 2017 census, 88.23% of the population spoke Saraiki, 5.66% Punjabi, 4.51% Urdu and 1.07% Pashto as their first language.[3]

Ethnicity[edit]

The major ethnic group are the Saraiki-speaking Jatt forming the majority, with Saraiki-speaking Gujjar, Baloch, Rajputs and Pathans groups in minority.[6][7]

History[edit]

In 997 CE, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, took over the Ghaznavid dynasty empire established by his father, Sultan Sebuktegin, In 1005 he conquered the Shahis in Kabul in 1005, and followed it by the conquests of Punjab region. The Delhi Sultanate and later Mughal Empire ruled the region. The Punjab region became predominantly Muslim due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape of Punjab region.

Muzaffargarh region became a part of the Muslim Sultanate of Delhi when the Persian noble Sultan Shahab-ud-Din Muhammad Ghauri conquered Punjab in 1185. Faisalabad slowly developed as medieval town and many Muslim Sufi missionaries converted the local population to Islam. During the Mughal period population increased and land under cultivation increased. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikh Empire invaded and occupied Muzaffargarh region. The Muslims faced restrictions during the Sikh rule.[citation needed] Between 1765 and 1846 Muzaffargarh was occupied by the Sikhs. Two main battles between British and Sikh armies were fought in this district on 22 February 1849 the British declare victory in Punjab.

Muzaffargarh was founded in 1794 by the Governor of Multan Nawab Muzaffar Khan. The Meaning of Muzaffargarh is "Fort of Muzaffar" because the old town lies inside the walls of a fort built by Nawab Muzaffar Khan of Multan. Prior to that the place was known by a shop called "Musan Hatti", on the road leading from Multan to Dera Ghazi Khan. In 1861 it became the headquarters of Muzaffargarh District.

After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim refugees from India settled in the Muzaffargarh District. Muslim refugees from East Punjab, Haryana, Jammu started arriving and crossed the border into Pakistan; many were given land in Muzaffargarh District to settle.

Muzaffargarh spreads over an area of 8,249 km2 and forms a strip between the Chenab River on its east and Indus River on its west, which pass along the Eastern and Western boundaries respectively of the district and a triangle at Alipur tehsil of the district. The district is bounded on the north by district Layyah, on the south by Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan districts across the river Chenab. Districts Multan and Khanewal are on the eastern side of district Muzaffargarh, across the river Chenab. District Jhang touches it on the northeast. Dera Gahzi Khan and Rajanpur districts lie on the western side across the river Indus. It is one of oldest districts of Punjab. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the population of the district was 2,635,903, of which 12.75% were urban.[8] Muzaffargarh is one of oldest districts of Punjab.

Muzaffargarh was especially hard hit by the 2010 Pakistan floods, given its position between the Chenab and Indus rivers It is spread over an area of 8,249 km2. Muzaffargarh District lies in the strip between the rivers Chenab and Indus.

Geography and climate[edit]

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The city of Muzaffargarh is located in southern Punjab province at almost the exact centre of Pakistan. The closest major city is Multan. The area around the city is a flat, alluvial plain and is ideal for agriculture, with many citrus and mango farms. There are many canals that cut across the Muzaffargarh District, providing water from nearby farms. This makes the land very fertile. However usually land close to the Chenab are usually flooded in the monsoon season.

Muzaffargarh features an arid climate with very hot summers and mild winters. The city witnesses some of the most extreme weather in the country. The highest recorded temperature is approximately 54 °C (129 °F), and the lowest recorded temperature is approximately −1 °C (30 °F). The average rainfall is roughly 127 millimetres (5.0 in). Dust storms are a common occurrence within the city.

The district's towns include Basti Malik Wala, Taliri, Mauza Bahadur Dawana, Dawana Bahadur Peer Rajan Bukhsh, Kot Addu, Khangarh and Hayat Nagar.

Education[edit]

Although Muzaffargarh is one of the oldest and largest districts of Pakistan by area and population, it still has only a single campus of Virtual University of Pakistan. The literacy rate is one of the lowest in the country.[9] District Muzaffargarh has a total of 1,072 male and 1,009 female public sector schools.[10] According to the School Education Department's data, a total of 5,023 male and 4,130 female teachers are employed in public school education sector of the district.[citation needed]

Forests[edit]

An area of 100,864 acres is forested in the district biggest among Lashari wala Forest. There is also linear plantation of 1250 A.V. mile the roads/rails/canals in the district. Trees grown in the area are kikar, shisham, millbury, eucalyptus, bamboo and coconut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Administration of Muzaffargarh District". mgarh.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ "DPO Muzaffargarh District Police". www.mgarh.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  4. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Muzaffargarh – Government of Pakistan Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF INDIA, 1941 VOLUME VI PUNJAB PROVINCE". Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Gazetteer of the Muzaffargarh District". Punjab Government Press. 19 June 1884 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ 1998 District Census report of Muzaffargarh. Census publication. Vol. 120. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. pp. 21–22.
  8. ^ "Urban Resource Centre". urckarachi.org. Archived from the original on 13 May 2006.
  9. ^ "Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey 2014–15 Report".
  10. ^ "Punjab Annual Schools Census Data 2014–15". Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  1. ^ 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

External links[edit]

Media related to Muzaffargarh District at Wikimedia Commons