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Sohawa (Punjabi,Urdu: سوہاوہ‎) is an administrative sub-division (tehsil) of Jhelum District, situated in the Punjab province of Pakistan.[1] Sohawa has grown from a small village in 1947 to a large town in 2014, development in transportation, education and health has played a major role in the development of the town. In general there are small towns at roughly at 10 mile intervals along the great trunk road between Peshawar to the border of India near Lahore.

A sign post in Sohawa pointing towards the direction of Shihab-ud-din Ghori's Tomb


The etymology of the name Sohawa has not been proven, but according to folk etymology the original name was Soo Awa which means "100 fences of potters". Sohawa was originally a small village near to Khoraka, after several years of human settlement in these two villages, the original village of Soahwa and Khoraka merged with each other and the present town of Sohawa was formed that contained market of all types. The original village is part of the main town(khoraka) and called "Ward #1" or Purana Sohawa (literally "old Sohawa").Sohawa is well known for its natural beauty and the energetic youth.


Sohawa is situated in north-western part of the district Jhelum, Punjab lies on GT road between Gujar Khan and Dina. Its geographical coordinates are 32° 49' 30" North, 73° 45' 55". One sign of Sohawa is the toll plaza by the name of 'Tarakki' on the Grand Trunk Road. Bazaars of Sohawa attracts people from nearby villages, these bazaars are located both sides of G.T.Road. Major towns or villages of Sohawa Tehsil are Kot Dhamiak, Chak Tareda, Domeli, Lehri, Dewan-e-Hazoori, Bakrala, Dhouk Aamb, Sasral etc.


The population mostly consists of 3 (Rajput, Jatt and Mughal) tribes. The major profession of people is service in Armed Forces, hence they are generally disciplined and law abiding. A large number of people of Sohawa are settled in foreign countries particularly Western Europe and Middle East. Main source of livelihood of the people is agriculture.

In the media[edit]

In mid 2014, Sohawa was featured on national media including Geo News and other top news channel because of newly discovered Ghauri XI oil reserves in its suburbs.[2]


A Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQs) Sohawa for the people of Sohawa and surrounding rural areas has been developed by the Government of Pakistan that provides only basic health facilities. For critical health problems peoples have to move to more advanced hospitals. this hospital is currently 40 bedded 20 for female and 20 for male patients followings facilities are available emergency services 4 bedded, labour room services, Operation theater facilities, dental surgery, ambulance services, indoor services lab, X-Rays, Ultra sonography facilities, ECG facilities, Blood Bank (Under Construction) 24 hours round the clock & OPD curative, preventive, promotive & rehabilitative services. Following Post of Specialists are still vacant Medical Splt, child splt, Gynaecologist, Eye, ENT Splt, pathologist, Radilogist. this hospital offers free facilities for MCH, Deliveiris. presently there are three lady doctors to provide 24-hour labour room cover. Further one Rural health center Domeli, 12 basic health units (Adrana, jandala, nagial, gurah uttam singh, kohali, Phulray syedan, surgdhan, dewan e hazoori, pail mirza, karounta, panchor & Banth)3 Government rural dispensaries (Lehri, Gaddar, Baragawah) 4 Rural dispensaries (dial, Hayal, Pari derwaiza & Dhairy bakrala)are also providing health services.

Tribes and clans[edit]

The major tribes and clans of the district are the following:




External links[edit]

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:45:24 -0800

Khan said tenders have already been issued and Rs280 million has already been released for the construction of Pir Sohawa-Komal Gali Road. He said infrastructure schemes are under way in the entire province and mentioned the carpeting and widening ...
The News International
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:30:00 -0800

According to Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) the mega projects at Pir Sohawa are ill-planned and creating garbage that is why it often issues notices to the administration of the food outlets to comply with the environmental laws.
The Nation
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:41:15 -0800

... Design & Improvement/Rehabilitation of Pir Sohawa to Kohala Bazar road via Makhnial District Haripur(10 kms), Construction of Bridge at Changi Bandi Haripur, Rehabilitation & improvement of Soaryano to Qasim Talao road District Mardan (7.150 Km), ...

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The Express Tribune
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 18:07:30 -0700

MNAs from the area Major (retd) Tahir Iqbal, Begum Iffat Liaqat and Raja Javed Ikhlas had assured the people that the work on the Chakwal-Sohawa and Chakwal-Mandra roads will start as the tenders have been taken by the National Logistics Cell . Now the ...

The Nation

The Nation
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:52:30 -0800

According to him, ANF Rawalpindi carried out a raid near Chakwal Morr GT Road Sohawa and recovered 30-kg heroin which was tactfully concealed in the secret cavities of 22 wheel trawler. ANF Rawalpindi also arrested 2 proclaimed offenders namely ...
International News Network
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:22:30 -0800

30, Pind Dadan Khan, 31, Fateh Jang, 26, Pindi Gheb, 22, Murree, 17, Sohawa, 17, Chuwa Syedan Shah, 15, Kallar Syedan, 13 and Hassan Abdal, 15. Sources said final voters list will be put to display subject to final approval by Punjab Bar Council.


Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:48:45 -0800

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed to construct Mandra-Chakwal and Sohawa- Chakwal roads on priority basis in order to provide relief to the people of the area. The PM gave these directions in a meeting with MNA's of Rawalpindi Division ...
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Sat, 07 Jan 2012 22:58:45 -0800

If you love making snowmen and playing on white carpets of snow overlooking scenic valleys, then you need not go farther than the Margalla Hills this winter. After six years, snow returned to Islamabad as Pir Sohawa, the city's highest tourist spot ...

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