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Khushab District ( ) is a rural district located in Punjabmarker, Pakistanmarker. According to the 1998 census, the population was 905,711 with 24.76% living in urban areas. The district consists of 3 tehsils: Khushab, Nurpur, and Quaidabad, as well as a sub-tehsil Noshehra. Khushab is home to the Heavy Water and Natural Uranium Research Reactor, a critical part of the Pakistan's Special Weapons Program, which has come under much heated scrutiny.

Location

Khushab is situated between the cities of Sargodhamarker and Mianwalimarker, near the river Jhelummarker. The district is headquartered at Jauharabadmarker (founded 1953, pop. 39,477).

Khushab is one of the most important cities especially from a defensive (atomic) point of view. The district is full of natural beauty containing Jhelum River, Fields, Mountains(Skaisar) and Thal desert. Its main towns included Quaida-bad, Jauhara-bad, Mitha Tiwana and Nowshera. Jauharabad (atomic city) is beautiful city for residence having wide roads and streets. Nearby cities include Sargodha, Mianwali, Bhakher, Jhelum and Jhang.

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Education

The education rate is increasing in the district. The top Schools and colleges include DPS Khushab & Fauji foundation Khushab. Now there is a campus of Arid University in Khushab.

There are many schools in the area mostly Secondary or Higher Secondary Education institutions. Students have to go to the other cities for higher education and further education. The literacy rate of Khushab is about 65% and due to recent research projects in the area, the literacy rate is increasing.saadat khan براہ کرم مزید معلومات کے لءے www.khushabnews.blogspot.com کا دورہ کریں

Administration

The district is divided into two tehsils, Khushab and Noorpur Thal, which contain a total of fifty one Union Councils.

Khushab Tehsil

Khushab is subdivided into 41 Union Councils.
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Noorpur Thal tehsil

Noorpur Thal is subdivided into 10 Union Councils.


Notable places

The Soon valley Sakasir is one of the most beautiful areas of the district.

There are three beautiful lakes(Ochali, Khabbaki and Sodhi Jay Wali) and a beautiful Garden Kanhatti Garden near Khabbaki village, located here in the Soon valley area is the largest forest in Khushab district.Pail-Piran a gate way to Soon Valley represents a scenic view as you enter the valley via Kalar Kahar from Islamabad-Lahore MotorWay. On your left on the hill top you see shrine of Hazrat pir Khawja Noori,descendent of Hazrat Baha ud din Zakkariyya of Multan(a saint descendent of Habbari Arab rulers of Sindh).Few leading personalities of Pail Piran includeLate Late Pir Nowbahar Shah,Late Pir Kalu Shah,Late Pir Ajaz Hussain shah,Late Pir Walayat Shah(Dr.Wali Pir) and his sons Syed Sajid Hussain Shah,Dr.Syed wajid H.Pirzada.Syed Majid Hussain Shah and syed Zahid Hussain Shah.
  • Katha Saghral - is semi-hilly and mineral area. Dozens of minerals including coal and salt are being mined in the surrounding area of this village.


  • Khabikki Lake is a salt water lake in the southern Salt Range area in Pakistan. This lake is formed due to the absence of drainage in the range. Earlier its water was brackish. Now the water is sweet and a Chinese breed of fish is introduced in it.


The lake is one kilometre wide and two kilometres long. Khabikki is also the name of a neighbouring village. Boats are also available and there is a rest house beside the lake. A hill gently ascended on the right side of the lake. The lake and the green area around provide a good scenery.

  • Sakaser is the highest mountain in the Salt Range area in Pothohar in Pakistan. It is 1522 metre / 4946 feet high. It is situated in Khushab District but it can be seen from adjoining districts of Mianwali and Chakwal.


  • Uchhali Lake is just below the Sakaser mountain, it is a salt water lake in the southern Salt Range area in Pakistan. This lake is formed due to the absence of drainage in the range. Sakaser (1522 metre / 4946 feet), the highest mountain in the Salt Range, looms over the lake. Due to its brackish water the lake is lifeless. But it offers a picturesque scenery.
It is a good picnic spot and moderately tough walking point. At its top there is a radar.

  • == 'Rana (Jhamat)
Rana jhamat is the main lanlord of the nearby cities like Shahpur and Sargodha and famous for their barving.

Aheer

sub caste of Rajput. Migrated from East Punjab of India in 17th century and settled in District Khushab. Malik Sher Bahadur Aheer was DSP of Punjab in 1890 and was appointed Honourary Magistrate in 1903 in East Punjab of India. Aheer tribe is basically associated with agriculture. Mr. Naseem Ahmed Aheer was Minister for Interior in 1986. Most of the land in Jauharabad, District Khushab belongs to Aheer family. Hence this family is the dominant agriculturist family in the region.

Awan tribe is the main tribe of the Khushab District. This tribe mainly resides in Soon Valley, at foothills called Daman Muhaar, Kushab city, Jauharabad city and to lesser extent all over the Khushab District.



Also called pir families, settled in Pail Piran



The Tiwana are found mainly in the Khushab tehsil.



Found mainly in Thal desert region,They are an ancient Rajput clan.



Found mainly in Thal desert region, the Mamdani and Magsi are the main clans.



The Johiya are found along the Jhelum valley in tehsil noor pur. They are an ancient Rajput clan.

The Raja are found in District Khushab especially in Thal Desert. They positively effect the politics of said District.



A local Jat clan, found in thana gunjial side, new tehsil(qaidabad)



Jamali are a Baluch tribe. Found in Jamali Balochan, in Nurpur Tehsil.



They are a Jat clan, mostly resided in Rangpur Baghoor and tehsil noor pur thal and have hold in tehsil noor pur of khushab district over other tribes.baghoor tribe always play a dominant role in tehsil noor pur's politics.

  • Saggu this is a rajput clan, resided in tehsil noor pur of district khushab.


  • Language


Punjabi with Shah puri accent

  • Geography


Khushab consists of agricultural lowland plains, lakes, and hills. Parts of the Thal desert touch the district and the Jhelum runs alongside it making it highly fertile for agriculture. The district is rich in natural resources (salt & coal). Most people are associated with farming and agriculture. One third of the district is hilly and is dominated by Awans and other minor tribes. Since there is no agriculture in the area, this part of Khushab district has been favoured by governments since British times as being fertile ground for armed services recruitment - a majority of the population from this area goes into the armed forces. The other two parts are irrigated lands between Khushab and Quaiadabad and the desert area of Tehsil Noorpur Thal . This desert area is the beginning of large Thal desert that continues into India's Rajasthan. In the 1980s the district was classified as a tax relief zone for new industries. This led to the establishment of many industries including cement, sugar, and textiles. But this exist only in the Headquarter (Jauharabad) so the benefits are getting the Elite ones. Masses have still a very hard life.

  • The Thal desert


The Thal desert is a dry desert with scarce vegetation — mostly thorny bushes — over a breadth of and is situated between the Indus river and the Jhelum river. In Thal the whole land is arid and depends upon the weather condition, but now with the project of greater thal canal the most part of the desert will be irrigated. Gram is the main crop.People are hardworking. Noorpur thal and *Rangpur Baghoor and katimar are main towns of this tehsil .Mari Shah Sakhira is the one of the biggest town of thal desert. Noor Pur Thal has ten Union councils having degree college for men and as well as for women. Thal desert is basically is a triangle between the districts of Khushab, Bhakkar, Mianwali, Jhang, Leyiha and Muzzafargarh. Thal has very hot days and pleasant nights.

  • The Soon Valley


The Soon Valley is the cultural hub of Awan tribe. The heirline of the Awan tribe reaches a common ancestor Qutab Shah who supposedly lived here, so the valley holds a special meaning to the tribe. One of the villages of the soon valley namely Pail-Piran is inhabited by the descendants of Bahauddin Zakkarya Multani ,and are Hashmite Sadats(Syeds), whose ancestor Pir Khawja Noori son of Pir Ali Qatal made many people of region embrace Islam. Pirs of Pail-Piran are closely related to Pirs of Bhera Sharif (Sargodha),In Chakwal District Pir da Khara,Sarkal,Titral,Wahula,Watli,Karooli, In Abotabad District Malmula,Plasi,Arwari,Thath Pir Karam Shah. Few leading personalities of Pail-Piran included Pir Nowbahar Shah,Dr.Pir Walayat Shah(Dr.Wali pir).Pir Bahadar Shah(Zaildar),Pir Kalu Shah,Pir Qadir Bakhash one of biggest land lord of area,Pir Sattar Shah,Pir Walayat Shah,Pir Siddique Shah Nambardar,Pir Bashir Ahmad Shah,and lately the sons and grandsons of Dr.Wali Pir namely:Syed Sajid Hussain Shah,Dr.Syed Wajid H.Pirzada,Pirzada Majid Hussain Shah and Pirzada Zahid Hussain Shah(Zaidi Pir),Pirzada Aitizaz Walayat Shah(pirzada-aitizaz-walayat-shah.blogspot.com),Pirzada Danial Walayat Shah, Pirzada Sheharyar Walayat Shah, Pir Zakriya Walayat shah.Mazar of Pir Khawja Noori is located in Pail-piran.The Soon Valley is important as a hill station after Murree in the province of Punjab. The valley has beautiful lakes and gardens.

Prominent Personalities

The Nuclear Weaponry Program

A stark intervention of prying eyes of a privately owned satellite, at the eve of President Bill Clinton's arrival to the Indian Sub-continent, captured a nuclear weapons base in Khushab in 2000 and declared that Nuclear Weaponry Program in Pakistan was second only to the United States.

Controversies and debates

On March 21, 2000, the Christian Science Monitor published an article written by Alexander Colhoun, a high-resolution aerial satellite photo revealed a nuclear reactor and a missile base near the city of Khushab ( ). These pictures had mixed views, one of the expression of power that could shackle or reshape diplomatic landscapes of a region and another of the ethical question about the usage of satellite imagery in terms of privacy and national sovereignty of a nuclear-capable nation. The report was published at a time when American President Bill Clinton was due to visit India and sparked concerns worldwide. It was later clearly stated in the Dawn newspaper on June 14, 2000 that this particular nuclear reactor at Khushab and its reprocessing plant were generating between 8 to 10 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium per year, dedicated for military use.

China, a nuclear friend

Some reports around the time of the satellite imagery stunt revealed that China is helping Pakistan mount nuclear warheads atop mobile M-11 missiles for which garages were supposedly build underground at Sargodha. If the case be, Pakistan had a head-start in the nuclear game. John E. Pike, spokesperson for the Federation of American Scientists told a press conference nuclear powers, in the past, or presumed nuclear powers, except the U.S., had only one organisation for making uranium and plutonium bombs because of the high costs involved but, Pakistan had two.

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