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Bhakkarبهكّر 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
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.


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 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:



External links[edit]

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2713 news items

The News International

The News International
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 01:00:00 -0800

BHAKKAR: Three passengers including a minor girl were killed and nine others critically injured in Bhakkar road accident. According to police, the accident took place near Behl when passenger coach collided with a truck coming from opposite side.

Daily Capital (Capital TV)

Daily Capital (Capital TV)
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:33:45 -0800

BHAKKAR: At least eight persons were killed and ten others injured when a passenger coach collided head on with a truck on Layyah Road in Bhakkar this morning. According to the details, a passanger coach and truc collided at Layyah road. Rescue ...
The Express Tribune
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:45:00 -0800

Electricity will be provided to 66 villages in Bhakkar under a grant issued by federal government, said National Assembly member Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla. He was talking to newsmen at his NA-74 office on Friday. Dhandla said the project would cost ...
The Nation
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:28:37 -0800

BHAKKAR. At least eight persons were killed and 10 others injured when a truck collided head-on with a passenger coach on Layyah Road here on Monday morning. Five other persons including two women were killed in separate incidents occurred in ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:33:45 -0800

They're a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken - and hunting them is officially banned in Pakistan. But it is no holds barred when Arab royals begin their Houbara bustard hunting trips. Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:10:11 -0800

Muhammad Ilyas, resident of Balkasar, and Khalid Mehmood, resident of Bhakkar, were riding their motorcycles when they lost control and collided with each other. The injured men were under treatment in DHQ Hospital, Chakwal. Moreover, Naveed, 32, and ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:03:45 -0800

The provincial government has announced special benefits for brick kiln workers to wean them off. However, benefits of these policies aiming to uplift brick kiln workers have not yet reached kiln workers in Bhakkar, brick kiln workers protesting in ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:03:45 -0800

BHAKKAR / FAISALABAD: Demonstrations organised by doctors, irate patients, students and teachers in Bhakkar and Faisalabad on Monday continued for the second day on Tuesday. The students, faculty and non-teaching staff of Government College ...

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