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Bhakkar
بهكّر
City
Bhakkarبهكّر is located in Pakistan
Bhakkarبهكّر
Bhakkar
بهكّر
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
Tehsil Bhakkar
Elevation 522 ft (159 m)
Time zone PKT (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.

Administration[edit]

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]

Language[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Bhakkar was founded probably towards the close of the fifteenth century by a group of colonists from Dera Ismail Khan.[2]

There is another view that Bhakkar was established by Jiskani Balochs and was named after Sardar Bakhoo Jiskani. During Mughal era Baloch tribes especially Jiskani tribe came from Kabul and started living here on the banks of Indus River. Jiskani Balochs still live in Bhakkar.

British rule[edit]

Map of Sargodha Division.jpg

During British rule Bhakkar Town was part of Bhakkar tehsil of Mianwali District. It was located on the left bank of Indus River and was on the North-Western Railway line.[2]

The Imperial Gazetteer of India described the town as follows:

lions of bhakkar choudhary uzair jatt, choudhary nasir chattha,

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