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Brief History of Attock

map of district Attock

Attock District is located in the northwest of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The district was created in 1904 by the merger of Talagang tehsil from the Jhelum District and the Pindigheb, Fatehjang and Attock tehsils from Rawalpindi District of British Raj. The original name was Campbellpur district after Sir Campbell who founded the city of Campbellpur to the southeast of Attock Town. The name of the district was changed to Attock in 1978.

Establisehd in 1904
Present Shape 1985
Area 6857 Sq Km.
Population 1274935 (1998 Census)
Tehsils 06
Police Stations 13
Police Posts 17
Highway Patrolling Posts 12
Villages 458
Union Councils 72
Constituencies NA – 03
PP – 05
Climate Extreme in Summer & Winter
Rain Fall 783 mm (Average)
Main Occupations Agriculture, Army Service, Govt. Service, Trade & Pvt. Sector
Mega Projects GBHP, M-I (Motorway), N-5 (Dualization), New Islamabad Airport, Akhori Dam, Oil Production
Main Languages Punjabi, Hindko
Main Tribes Awan, Khattar, Pathan, Jodaray Ghebay (Rajput), Mughal, Paracha, Syed

Attock District is bordered by the Haripur and Swabi districts of North-West Frontier Province to the north, the district of Rawalpindi to the east, the district of Chakwal to the southeast, the district of Mianwali to the southwest, and North-West Frontier Province districts of Kohat and Nowshera to the west and northwest. The river Indus forms the western boundary of the district.

Attock District covers an area of 6,857 km² and is subdivided into six Tehsils named after their major towns:

  1. Attock
  2. Fateh Jang
  3. Hassan Abdal
  4. Jand
  5. Pindi Gheb
  6. Hazro (Newly Established)

Geography and climate
Attock district has a typical north Pakistani climate with very hot summers and very cold winters. The northern part of the district is more humid and has a comparatively moderate climate compared to the southern part of the district. The district possesses mainly hills, plateaus and dissected plains with the river Indus on the northern and western borders of the district. The river Haro from Haripur passes through the north of the tehsil of Attock. The area to the north of the river Haro is a flood plain with fertile soil. The average annual rainfall in the district is 783 mm.

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