Upper Dir District

Area: 3699 km2
Population:  575,858 < est.2004
National Assembly Seats: 1
Provincial Assembly Seats:  3
Talluqas/ Subdivisions: 6

1-      Barawal

2-      Chapar

3-      Dir

4-      Kalkot

5-      Khal

6-      Wari

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Upper Dir or Dir Bala is one the 24 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The district was formed in 1996, when Dir District was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir.

The district is administratively subdivided into six tehsils which contain a total of 31-3=28 (3 UCs shifted to Lower Dir namely Khall, Akhagram and Toor Mang) Union Councils.

Dir district was officially split into Upper Dir and Lower Dir in 1996. Until 2000 as funds were not available to provide the accommodation needed at Dir town by government departments at a district headquarters, both districts continued to he administered by a single deputy Commissioner stationed at Timergara in Lower Dir.

Upper Dir is famous for its high mountain peaks and waterfalls. Timergara is the district headquarters, with the majority of its people from the Yousufzai tribe. The district’s transportation and communication facilities are in need of repair, with only one motor road connecting it with Chitral. The population of the region is mostly rural and scattered over more than 1,200 villages situated in the plains of Adenzai and Munda. The annual rainfall in Upper Dir is over 1,000 mm. Much of the area is covered by forest. The main crops grown here are maize and potato. The expansion and diversification of agriculture has raised living standards to some extent over the years.


National Assembly Constituencies:

NA- 33  Upper Dir        Upper Dir District