Chitral District

Area: 14850 km2
Population:  378,000 < est.2004
National Assembly Seats: 1
Provincial Assembly Seats:  2
Talluqas/ Subdivisions: 2

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Chitral  is the largest district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa covering an area of 14,850 km² and a population of 318,689 at the 1998 Census, which had subsequently risen to about 378,000 people by 2004. It has one of the highest mountains of the world, Tirich Mir

Until 1969, Chitral was a princely state, within the Malakand Agency. In 1970 Chitral was absorbed into Pakistan as the new Chitral District, until 2000 within Malakand Division.

Chitral District is the most northerly district in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, to the west and north is Afghanistan – in the north the Wakhan Corridor, a narrow strip claimed by Pakistan, it separates Pakistan from Tajikistan. To the east of Chitral is the northernmost Pakistani area of Gilgit-Baltistan, and to the south are the Pakistani internal districts of Upper Dir and Swat. Chitral can be accessed by air via the Chitral Airport which is approximately 3 km from the town. Regular flights from Peshawar and Islamabad are run by the PIA.

Chitral is cut off from the rest of the country for four to five months during winter. In the intervening period, its sole link is the whimsical PIA. The rugged terrain of the district has many strategically important mountain passes. Inhabited chiefly by the Chitralis, it has some Pashtuns in the south but more importantly it is home to the Kalash people. Part of the Hazara division, this former princely state’s inhabitants are deeply religious and the area served as a base for the mujahideen during the Soviet occupation. It has one National Assembly seat.

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as per new Delimitation, Chitral district will have one National assembly seat, but renamed as NA-1 Chitral.

NA-1  Chitral (New)              NA- 32  Chitral   (old)            Chitral District