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The Soan river cutting through Pothohar
One of the many gorges of the Soan river

The Soan (Urdu and Punjabi: سون) (preferred), Swan (Urdu and Punjabi: سواں), Sawan or Sohan River is a river in Punjab, Pakistan.

Location and geography[edit]

The Soan River is an important stream of the Pothohar region of Pakistan. It drains much of the water of Pothohar. It starts near a small village Bun in the foothills of Patriata and Murree. It provides water to Simly Dam, which is the water reservoir for Islamabad. Near Pharwala Fort it cuts through a high mountain range, a wonderful natural phenomenon called Soan Cut. No stream can cut such a high mountain, which proves that the Soan was there before the formation of this range. And as the mountain rose through millions of years, the stream continued its path by cutting the rising mountain. Ling stream, following a relatively long course through Lehtrar and Kahuta falls in the Soan near Sihala on southern side of Village Gagri/Bhandar.

Islamabad Highway crosses this stream near Sihala where the famous Kak Pul bridge is constructed over it. The Ling Stream joins the Soan river just before the Kak Pul. Two other famous streams, the Korang River joins it just before the Soan Bridge and Lai stream, joins this stream after the Soan Bridge. After following a tortuous path along a big curve, the stream reaches Kalabagh proposed Dam Site close to Pirpiyahi where it falls into the Indus river. There is a famous railway station by the name of Sohan and a beautiful railway bridge very close to it. This relatively small stream is more than 250 kilometers long. Due to its mountainous course and shallow bed, it is hardly used for irrigation purposes. There are many species of fish in this river like China Rahu, Mahasher, Snakehead, Balm and Catfish are the main species of fish in this stream and Kingfisher birds hunt here too. The marine life of this river has been endangered due drainage of chemicals of Sihala Industrial State and effluent water of Rawalpindi city into it.


The river might be the Sushoma River of the Rig Veda. According to an important Hindu scripture Srimad Bhagavatam, the Sushoma is one of the many transcendental rivers flowing to the north of the land of Bharata.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.17-18". 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°01′N 71°44′E / 33.017°N 71.733°E / 33.017; 71.733

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61 news items

The News International
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0700

JAND: Three persons including a minor girl drowned while crossing the Soan River Bridge on Saturday. Najam Khattak, resident of Village Injra, a medical store owner, along with his daughter, was going to Talagang in a car driven by his driver.
The News International
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:18:45 -0700

When 'The News' contacted Municipal Services (MS) Executive District Officer (EDO) Malik Imtiaz Ahmed, he admitted the fact and said they were lifting garbage of the city under the cleanliness campaign and dumping it on the Soan River bed. Soan River ...
The News International
Mon, 21 May 2012 17:54:55 -0700

After establishment of an underground system, people residing around Soan River would neither have to brave bad smell nor suffer from diseases, the concerned officials told 'The News' at that time. Unfortunately, the situation has not changed yet and ...
The Express Tribune
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:46:47 -0700

They added the men were spotted drowning in the Soan River by passersby who informed rescue services and the police. After hectic efforts, rescuers and the police managed to recover the bodies. The families of the two that were identified have claimed ...
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:56:15 -0700

More than seven tubewells along Soan River were completely damaged and the water supply lines to nearby localities were damaged. More than a dozen transformers and water pumps were also damaged in the city. The low-lying areas in Rawalpindi are ...
The News International
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0700

Water of Soan River entered several villages situated along the Soan River causing damage to lives and property of the citizens. Heavy floods in River Soan broke the 22-year-old record as water entered in many villages based along Soan River, causing ...


Sat, 17 May 2014 18:19:40 -0700

Estimating cautiously, five to six centuries ago the builders of Haasil village would perhaps have the scenic panorama in their mind while laying the foundation of a new hamlet at the right bank of Soan River, 48km North West of the present day Chakwal ...
The Nation
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:49:24 -0700

... Kalyal Road, banks of Nullah Leh, Morgah, Girja Road, Dhoke Syedan, Chakra, Peshawar Road, Fauji Colony, Shakrial, Bandh Khana Road, Soan River and many other areas, it was observed during a survey conducted by The Nation here on Wednesday.

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