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Gujar Khan ( )also called the land of SHAHEEDS is a city in Rawalpindi Districtmarker, Punjabmarker, Pakistanmarker. It is the headquarters of Gujar Khan Tehsil, the largest tehsil of punjab. It is approximately 55 kilometres southeast of Islamabadmarker, the capital of Pakistanmarker and 220 km to the north west of Lahoremarker, capital of Punjab. Gujar Khan is bounded on the north by Rawalpindimarker, Islamabadmarker and Attockmarker, on the south by Jhelummarker, Lahoremarker and Gujratmarker, on the east by Azad Kashmirmarker and Kahutamarker and on the west by Chakwalmarker and Khushabmarker. The city has a population of approximately 73,000. Gujar Khan lies at the heart of the Pothohar cultural region. The area has considerable natural resources in the form of petroleum and natural gas.

Transport

Gujar Khan is situated on the Islamabad-Lahore National Highway. Travel within Gujar Khan is diverse from auto-rickshaws and tanga.

Gujar Khan Railway Station is on the main line of Pakistan Railways. Trains operate to Karachimarker, Lahoremarker, Peshawarmarker, Quettamarker and Rawalpindimarker.

Islamabad International Airportmarker is about 45 kilometres from Gujar Khan.and bewal is 15 km away from gujar khan.

2008 election results

On 18 February 2008 parliamentary elections were held, the results in Gujar Khan are as follows:

Name Seat number Party Number of votes gained Percentage of total vote
Raja Muhammad Waqar Rehman PP-3 Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians 34435 34%
Raja Shoukat Aziz Bhatti PP-4 Pakistan Muslim League 38437 36%


Administration

Gujar Khan, as well as being tehsil capital, is administratively subdivided into 3 union councils:



According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the city had a population of 57,099.

Natural resources

Large reserves of oil and gas were discovered in February 2002 at Tobra, about ten kilometres from Gujar Khan. The field is being developed by the Oil and Gas Development Company. The field could produce 1,600 barrels of crude oil daily.The Ahdi oil and gas field is about 30 km from Gujar Khan, situated near Daultala town and is being operated by Pakistan Petroleum. According to the Oil and Gas Development Company, huge oil and gas reserves have been discovered at Missa oil and gas field, ten kilometres from Gujar Khan. The sources said that the drilling at well no. 3 of the Missa Kaswal oil and gas field at Tobra led to the discovery. The field could produce 1,600 barrels of crude daily.

Gujar Khan is 2 kilometres from the Dohngi Dam and about 35 kilometres from the much larger Mangla Dammarker.

Places of interest

There is an old abandoned Hindu temple in the village of Dera Bakhshian.

Main shopping places are Main Bazaar, Halwai Gali, Railway Road, Sabzi Mandi (vegetable and fruit market).

Sangni Forte is a fort built by Maharaja Kashmir on the borders of Gujar Khan and Kashmir. It is on the road to Bewal through Daryala, on a high rock with only one approach side.

List of banks

Gujar Khan has branches of all the major banks, including National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank, Muslim Commercial Bank, NIB Bank, and United Bank.

Hospital

Gujar Khan has one main hospital, Tehsil Headquarters Hospital. Private hospitals and health units are also in the city. Government Rural Health centers are also working in Mandra, Doultala & Qazian.and famous hospital in bewal international.

Languages

Potwari is the main language of Gujar Khan, other languages are Urdu, Punjabi and Pashto.
  • Potwari Adbi Forum has been established in order to promote potwari language and culture, in a collective potwari conference held at Saleem Akhtar Memorial Library. Young poet and educationist SAQIB IMAM RIZVI was elected President of this Forum. Mr. SHAHID HASHMI Poet and Author was also elected as General Secretary...


Telecommunication

The PTCL provides the main network of landline telephone. Many ISPs and all major mobile phone companies operating in Pakistanmarker provide service in Gujar Khan.

Education

Government Colleges: Private colleges:

Major industries

Gujar Khan industrial estate was established in 1979 and sits on the main Grand Trunk Road just outside the main city. The total area of industrial estate is 17.44 acres.
  • Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited
  • Pakistan Petroleum Limited
  • Lakson Tobacco Company Limited
  • Kohinoor Gujar Khan Mills Limited
  • Nimble Solutions
  • Shahzad Book Centre Tehsil Road Gujar Khan
  • www.tazkirapothohar.com
  • Graphic designer Muhammad Imran
  • DECENT GRAPHICS Tehsil Road Gujar Khan


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