Dera Ghazi Khan District

Dera Ghazi Khan (Urdu and Punjabi: ضلع ڈيره غازى خان, Saraiki: ضلع دیرہ غازی خان, Balochi: ڈیرہ غازی خان) is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Its capital is the town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

District in Punjab, Pakistan
Dera Ghazi Khan District
  • ضلع ڈيره غازى خان
  • ضلع دیرہ غازی خان
  • ڈیرہ غازی خان

Map of Dera Ghazi Khan District
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
Division Dera Ghazi Khan
Headquarters Dera Ghazi Khan

  Type District Administration
  Deputy Commissioner Sardar Abdul haye Dasti
  District Police Officer N/A
  District Health Officer N/A

  Total 11,294 km2 (4,361 sq mi)

  Total 2,872,201
  Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils 4

The Sulaiman Mountains rise to a height of 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in the north of the district.[3]

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The district is divided into Four tehsils[4][5] which are divided into a total of sixty Union Councils:[6]

Tehsil No. of Unions
Dera Ghazi Khan 41
Taunsa 24
Koh-e-sulaiman 01

The city was founded at the close of the 15th century and named after Nawab Ghazi Khan Mirani, son of Nawab Haji Khan Mirani, a Balochi chieftain, who had declared independence from the Langah Dynasty‘s Sultans of Multan.[7] Together with two other Deras i.e. settlements, Dera Ismail Khan and Dera Fateh Khan, it gave its name to Derajat. Derajat eventually came into the possession of the British after the Sikh War in 1849 and was divided into two districts: Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan.[7] After the independence, many of the city’s Hindu residents settled in Derawal Nagar colony of Delhi, India.[8] The district of Rajanpur was later carved out of the Dera Ghazi Khan district.

Based on the surveys of 2004–2005, Dera Ghazi Khan district is considered one of the twenty poorest districts of Pakistan with about 51% of its population living under the poverty line.[9]

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