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Bhakkar, Punjab, Pakistan
بهكّر is located in Pakistan
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 31°38′N 71°04′E / 31.633°N 71.067°E / 31.633; 71.067Coordinates: 31°38′N 71°04′E / 31.633°N 71.067°E / 31.633; 71.067
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Bhakkar District
Tehsil Bhakkar Tehsil
Elevation 522 ft (159 m)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) +6 (UTC)
Calling code 0453
Union councils 42

Bhakkar (Urdu: بهكّر‎), is the principal city of Bhakkar District, Punjab, Pakistan. It lies on the left bank of the Indus river. It has a population of almost 300,000.


Bhakkar city is also the administrative centre of Bhakkar Tehsil one of the four tehsils of the district. Bhakkar Tehsil is sudivided into 17 Union Councils, three of which form the city of Bhakkar.[1]


Following are the demographics of the Bhakar district, by spoken language:

  • Majhi (Standard Punjabi spoken by 60%, Specially spoken in newly cultivated and city areas)

Inhabitants of Bhakar district speak a great variety of Punjabi dialects.

  • Thalochi (Local Desert Punjabi dialect spoken by 30%)
  • Jandali (Northern border area near Mianwali district)
  • Shapuri (North Eastern border area near Khushab district)
  • Jhangvi (South Eastern border area near Jhang district)

Other Languages include:

  • Urdu is mother tongue of few people but being national language is spoken and understood by the sizeable population.
  • English is also understood and spoken by few, mainly educated elite.


Bhakkar was founded probably towards the close of the fifteenth century by a body of colonists from Dera Ismail Khan

British rule[edit]

Map of Sargodha Division.jpg

During British rule Bhakkar Town was headquarters of Bhakkar tahsil (now Bhakkar District) in Mianwali District, and was on the North-Western Railway line. The municipality was created in 1874. Its income and expenditure during the ten years ending 1902–3 averaged Rs. 7,700. The income in 1903-4 was Rs. 7,500, chiefly derived from octroi; and the expenditure was Rs. 8,600. The population according to the 1901 census of India was 5,312, at that time the town contained a dispensary and a municipal vernacular middle school.[2]

The Imperial Gazetteer of India described the town as follows:


The town has some historical places like the Dilkusha Bagh which is believed by some to be a Mughal garden built by Humayun, however Humayun never visited the area, on his retreat to Iran, he went to another place called Bakhar (in Sindh) to seek help from Mahmood Khan, which was however denied by historian Henry Raverty[citation needed]. This garden is ruined now and no signs of history are present, only stories about the garden can be heard around.

The old town was walled and had the Tavela, Imamanwala and King Gates, of the three the King Gate, which was built during the British period and was named after Mr King the then Deputy Commissioner of the Mianwali District, survives – since the end of colonial rule it has been renamed as the Jinnah Gate

This is a very scarce silver coin belonging to the reign of Nadir Shah 1148–1160 AH (1735–1747) of the Afsharid dynasty. It is an Indian type minted during his post-occupation of. It is listed by type as Album #2744.2 (Type D). It weighs 11.3 gr. (18 mm.) and minted in the city of Bhakkar in the state of Punjab in India, dated 1157AH.


Thal Canal

Bhakkar is now a bustling town, with population of more than three hundred thousand.


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Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:11:15 -0700

BHAKKAR: A 28-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope in Mohallah Dhandla, Bhakkar on Saturday. Ahmed Saeed was ill for a long time and in a fit of desperation he hanged himself. DCO WARNS PROFITEERS: The DCO Saturday ...
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BHAKKAR: As many as 86 places in Sargodha division, including 37 in Bhakkar district, have been declared sensitive during Eidul Azha. In a circular issued by the Home Department, all the DCOs and DPOs have been directed to declare high alert at the ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:15:00 -0700

The people of Kanda and adjacent localities have got illegal connections from the main line supplying gas to Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Bhakkar and other parts of Punjab. SNGPL's regional spokesman ...
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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0700

... Pakpattan 1,18,837 bales, Okara 31,690 bales, Kasur 12,360 bales, Toba Tek Singh, 1,52,218 bales, Faisalabad 51,300, Jhang 38,285, Mianwali 53,000 bales, Bhakkar 48,087, Sargodha 4,957, Rahimyar Khan 1,07,858 bales, Bahawalpur 2,31,515 bales ...


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:33:45 -0700

A large number of PTI workers came to Sargodha from Mianwali, Khushab, Bhakkar, Mandi Bahauddin and Jhang to attend the rally. Security arrangements were not satisfactory and the organisers failed to control the crowd. Walkthrough gates did not ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 07:06:43 -0700

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:48:25 -0700

JHANG: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri has said the people of Athara Hazari, a city near Jhang-Bhakkar highway, were being punished for chanting 'Go Nawaz Go' slogan, ARY News reported. “It is highly condemnable that flood people here ...

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:48:45 -0700

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