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Nowshera District

Nowshera District
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Headquarters Nowshera
 • District Nazim Liaquat Khattak
 • Total 1,748 km2 (675 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,394,000
 • Density 500/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Nowshera (Hindko, Pashto: نوشار/نوشہرہ) is a district in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, its Capital is Nowshera.

Previously it was known as Nowkhaar Province till it was annexed into British India via the Durand Line Agreement.

The district was also part of the Peshawar Division until the reforms of The Government of Pakistan.


  • Area 1
  • Languages and demography 2
  • Religion 3
  • Cities and towns 4
  • Villages 5
  • Tribes 6
  • Grand trunk road 7
  • Rivers 8
  • Parks 9
  • Trains and railways 10
  • Notable people 11
  • Famous buildings 12
  • Hospitals/medical facilities 13
  • Highways and motorways 14
  • Shrines 15
  • Wars and battles 16
  • Cantonments 17
  • Union councils 18
  • Provincial and National Assembly Seats 19
  • Military installations in Nowshera District 20
  • See also 21


Map of Nowshera district

1,748 km² total area. The population density is 608 persons per square kilometre. Total agricultural area is 52,540 hectors. The main source of income of the region is agriculture. Until 1988 Nowsehra was a tehsil (sub division) of Peshawar; in 1988 it became a district.

It is bordered by Peshawar District to the West, Mardan District to the North, Charsadda District to the North West, Swabi District to the North East, Kohat District to the South, Orakzai Agency to the South West & Attock District to the East.

Languages and demography

Until 1920 KPK province was part of Punjab under Ranjeet Singh. Historically locals use to speak Hindko dialect of Punjabi language which is spoken in Old City and areas of Nowshera Kalan, Akora Khattak, Shaidu, Jehangira and several other villages situated along the Grand Trunk Road. After demographic changes in recent decades due to Afghan Refugees and Tribal peoples arrival, Pashto language speakers are in majority today. This was the birthplace of Khushal Khan Khattak a Pashtun legend. Pashto language speakers are in majority today. Urdu being National language is also spoken and understood.

According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the population was 87, a population density of 500.2 persons per km². The annual growth rate was 2.9%


  • Sunni Islam is followed by 99% of the population.
  • Christianity is followed by 0.5% of the population.
  • Ahmadiyya is followed by 0.3% of the population.
  • Hinduism is followed by 0.1% of the population.

Cities and towns

Pirsabaq Shareef




Grand trunk road

The world famous Grand Trunk Road runs through the district.


These rivers flow through Nowshera District


  • Kund Park
  • Mangloot Wildlife Park
  • Aza Khel Park
  • Jinnah Park
  • Cherat Chapri Wildlife Park

Trains and railways

Khyber mail abasyn

Notable people

Famous buildings

Hospitals/medical facilities

There are many other Government Health Care Facilities, Rural Health Care Centres, Basic Health Units & Civil Dispensaries all over the district.

Highways and motorways


Kaka Sahib the most well respected saint of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa hails from Nowshera. His real name was Syed Kasteer Gul also known as Sheikh Rehamkar. He was descendant of Imam Jafar as Sadiq and his forefathers settled in this area some four generations ago. His descendants are known as Kakakhels. The family is highly respected in the Pashtun tribes and are respected even in the wildest tribal clans. They are big landlords and have an impressive presence in politics, military and civil bureaucracy.

Sheikh Bahadur Baba shrine is in kanakhel and is visited daily by hundreds of devotees. He was father of Kaka Sahib and a very pious saint of his time.

Nandrak is Beautiful and Green Village of Distt Nowshera and the peoples of this village is hospitable and respectable and cooprative,(Muhammad Naeem Al Nandraki)

Wars and battles


These cantonments were created by the British Raj during British rule. There are three cantonments in Nowshera District:

Union councils

Nowshera District is divided into 47 Union Councils.

The councils are:

The largest by area is Nizampur & the smallest by area is Pabbi.

Provincial and National Assembly Seats

The district has 5 Provincial Seats in The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

They are:

  • PK-12
  • PK-13
  • PK-14
  • PK-15
  • PK-16

The district has 2 National Assembly Seats in The National Assembly of Pakistan.

They are:

  • NA-05
  • NA-06

The District is currently represented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf who won all 7 Seats in the recent elections.

Military installations in Nowshera District

See also

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