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Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Jhelum
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

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 furnaces 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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Tue, 12 May 2015 02:33:45 -0700

People enjoyed the nice weather at Pir Sohawa, Damn-i-Koh, Lake View Park, Fatima Jinnah Park and other public places. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has indicated the chances of rain to continue till Wednesday which would reduce the day ...

The Express Tribune

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 ...


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 ...
The Express Tribune
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 ...
The Friday Times
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 02:45:00 -0700

Photograph of Sohawa Bridge on the Grand Trunk Road at Rawalpindi, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. Rawalpindi had been a Mughal base and later in the 19th century was developed as a trading centre by the Sikhs. The British gained ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800

The commuters said transporters operating buses on Route 128 from Sector F-6/1 to Pir Sohawa have set their own rates in violation of the government-issued fares. PHOTO: EXPRESS. ISLAMABAD: Rural commuters of the capital feel they are not in the ...
Daily Times
Sat, 17 May 2014 14:58:48 -0700

Source in the Ministry of Petroleum confirmed the find in Dhameek village in Sohawa hills, which has a viscosity of 23-24 API oil, with low gravity flow. Another source revealed to Daily Times that the new discovery will be able to feed in the national ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:33:45 -0700

According to the initial feasibility study, the base camp or initiation point of the chairlift will be near Islamabad Zoo, at the foothills of Margallas, while it would culminate at Makhiala Peak near Pir Sohawa village, with a brief stopover at Daman ...

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