Pakpattan District

Area:           km2
Population:  1,286,680 < est.2010-11
National Assembly Seats: 3
Provincial Assembly Seats:  5
Tehsils/ Towns: 2

Pakpattan

Arifwala

Current Party Position

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Party Ranking:

PML-N

1

PPP        

2

PTI

3

PML-Q

4

Most Influential Politician: Syed Salman Mohsin Gilani

Shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar – Pakpattan

Pakpattan District is a district of Punjab Province in Pakistan, Pakpattan is the district capital. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, it had a population of 1,286,680 of which 14% were urban. It has since risen to 1,563,000. The town was christened Pakpattan, meaning “the sacred bank of a river”, upon saint Baba Farid Shakar Ganj’s arrival. Located at the bank of River Sutlej, it has seen the era of Khizer Khan and the Tughlaq Dynasty during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries respectively.

However, the main reason behind its popularity continues to be Baba Farid’s tomb. The biggest event in Pakpattan is, in fact, the yearly opening of the Bahishti Darwaza inside the tomb. Opened on the first day of every Islamic year, the gate remains open for five days. It has been the scene of many stampedes, as hundreds of thousands of people try to pass through it. Furthermore, Malka Hans, a small town close to Pakpattan, is where Punjabi poet Waris Shah was born and wrote the famed Heer Waris Shah.

Pakpattan is seriously hub of forces of right and leftist parties I.e PPP never tasted victory over here. In 2002 all three national assembly seats won by PML-Q but in 2008 all three were clinched again by PML-N.

National Assembly Constituencies:

NA-164  Pakpattan-i          Malka Hans, Noorpur, Gobindpur, Bonga Hayat, Chak Shafi

NA-165  Pakpattan-ii        Pakpattan Municipality, kalyana, Pir Ghani, Pakpattan Qanoongo, Qaboola

NA-166  Pakpattan-iii     Arifwala Municpal committee, Arifwala Tehsil

Notable Politicians:

  • Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar
  • Pir Mohammed Shah Khagga
  • Rao Mohammed Hashim Khan
  • Syed Salman Mohsin Gilani
  • Mian Ahmed Raza Maneka
  • Rana Zahid Hussain Khan
  • Junaid Mumtaz Joya