"Chakwal In Glimpses" Chakwal by malikbhai

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Chakwal is the main town in Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan and is located 90 km south-east of the federal capital, Islamabad. As noted in District Gazeteer Jhellum 1904, the city is named after Chaudhry Chaku Khan , chief of the Mair Minhas Rajput tribe from Jammu, who founded it in 1525 C.E during the era of the Mughal Emperor, Zaheerudun Babur. It remained a small but central town of Taluka Dhan Chaurasi for many centuries. In 1881, during the British era, it was declared the Tehsil Headquarter. It was finally upgraded to district status in 1985 C.E by the President of Pakistan, General Zia ul Haq.
with in few years after upgrading to district level,Chakwal is developing rapidly,many new Factories and Projects have been launched.
Chakwal is known for furnishing some of the finest soldiers to the British and later on to the Pakistan Army. It is a remarkable fact that the first native Indian to get Victoria Cross, Subaidar Khudadad Khan, the first Indian to get commissioned and to become a General in British Indian Army, Muhammed Akbar Khan, the first Indian Commander of Cavalry, Brigadier Gen. Muhammed Zafar, the first Engineer in Chief of the Pakistan Army, General Muhammad Anwar Khan and the great General Iftikhar Khan, who was designated to become the first local Cnc of the Pakistan army but died in an unfortunate aircrash all belonged to Chakwal. It is also a worth mentioning fact that the later four were all real brothers and belonged to famous Mair-Minhas tribe of Chakwal.

After the creation of Pakistan, Chakwal has produced more Army men and Generals than any other city in the country which includes valiant Generals like Tajmmal Hussain Malik and a long list of officers.

Tourism Aspect

Chakwal offers a unique landscape to its visitors. Although its natural beauty is by no means breathtaking; its simplicity makes it graceful and sometimes stunning . The Canyons in Thirchak-Mahal tract are bound to impress its visitors. In the winters, the beautiful yellow beds of "Surson" , clear blue sky and sunshine provide ideal spots for picnics. There are many man-made and natural lakes around the city in Kallar Kahar, Dhok Talian, Kot Raja, Khai, Khokar Zer and Dharabi providing ideal places for family hangouts.

The famous temple-fort of Katas Raj is nearby and so are Salt Mines in Khewra.

Chakwal has a well connected road network including road to Jhelum and Lahore via Sohawa road, road to Pind Daden Khan via Choa Siaden Shah road, road to Sargodha via Bhon and Khushab, road to Rawalpindi via Mandra and to Mianwali via Talagang Road. It is connected to GT road between Peshawar and Lahore via Sohawa and Mandra, Indus Highway via Mianwali, and M2 Motorway via Kallar Kahar and Balkassar exits. The travelling distances and time has reduced considerably to Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Faislabad since the commissioning of M2 Motorway

  • Last visit to Chakwal: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 28, 2009
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