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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:

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

  • Majhi (Standard Punjabi spoken by 60%, Specially spoken in newly cultivated and city areas)
  • 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 In Bhakkar lives many castes,niwani baloch,shahani baloch,dhandla,china,choudhary,chohan,rana,aulakh,bhati,samtia,khoawar,raan,awan,sandi baloch,sirgani baloch,mumdani baloch,sheikh,warraich,ghuloo,chughtai

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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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 08 May 2015 16:26:15 -0700

A spokesman said farmers in desert areas of Ratri, Fazal, Gadai and Bardanga had reported that their camels had died overnight. He said Bhakkar DCO Zaman Wattoo had sent samples of the dead camels to Lahore for examination. He said a camp had ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sat, 23 May 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Arif Jan, counsel for the petitioner, Muhammad Azam, informed the court Mulazim Hussain and Abdullah, were his client's sons, who were allegedly picked up by security forces in 2011 and 2012 from Bhakkar district, Punjab. According to Jan, his client ...
Business Recorder (press release) (blog)
Sat, 23 May 2015 16:15:00 -0700

Mainly hot and dry weather is forecast for most parts of the Punjab with light to moderate rainfall in Rawalpindi and Gujranwala on May 25, and at few places in Sargodha, Bhakkar and Mianwali on May 29. In Sindh, weather is expected to continue hot and ...


Fri, 22 May 2015 02:33:45 -0700

The hottest places recorded during the last 24 hours were Larkana 50 C, Moenjudaro, Shaheed Benazirabad 48 C, Jaccobabad, Padidan, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sibbi 47 C, Dadu, Turbat, Khanpur, Bahawalnagar 46 C, Noor Pur Thal and Bhakkar 45 C.
Business Recorder (press release) (blog)
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:03:45 -0700

HOTTEST PLACES IN THE COUNTRY: Larkana 49.5°C, Moenjudaro 48°C, Shaheed Benazirabad 47.5°C, Jaccoabad, Padidan, Sukkur, R Y Khan, Sibbi 46.5°C, Dadu 46°C, Turbat, Khanpur, Bahawalnagar 45.5°C, Noor Pur Thal 45°C and Bhakkar 44.5°C.

Geo News, Pakistan

Geo News, Pakistan
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:48:45 -0800

BHAKKAR: Independent candidate Inamullah Khan Niazi has won PP-48 Bhakkar seat, according to unofficial results of all 144 poling stations, Geo News reported. Niazi has secured 47,593 votes while Ahmed Nawaz Noorani, who is also contesting the ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 19 May 2015 13:26:15 -0700

Arif Jan Abdullah, counsel for petitioner Muhammad Azam, informed the court his client's sons, Mulazim Hussain and Abdul, were allegedly picked up by security forces a few years ago from Bhakkar district, Punjab. He said the sons of his client were ...
The News International
Tue, 19 May 2015 19:37:30 -0700

The bench issued the notice in a writ petition by Muhammad Azam, a resident of Bhakkar district in Punjab province. His two missing sons Mulazim Hussain and Abdullah were shifted to the internment centre in Lakki Marwat over a year back. The petitioner ...

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