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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

History[edit]

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.

Geography[edit]

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.

Sociology[edit]

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]

Health[edit]

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:

References[edit]

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External links[edit]


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DAWN.com

DAWN.com
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:10:48 -0800

An alleged drug pusher, Tahir Mehmood Butt, of Jhelum was arrested near a petrol pump on G.T. Road near Sohawa in Jhelum district. About 2kg heroin was seized on him. A Nigerian national, Okoke Uchena Emmanuel, was arrested at the Benazir ...

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 ...
 
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.

Customs Today Newspaper

Customs Today Newspaper
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:56:15 -0800

ANF Rawalpindi arrested an accused Tahir Mehmood Butt r/o Jhelum near PSO Petrol Pump, GT Road, Sohawa, District Jhelum and recovered 2kg heroin from his possession, which was concealed in his luggage. As per initial information, the arrested ...
 
The Nation
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:52:30 -0800

Similarly, ANF Rawalpindi arrested an accused Tahir Mehmood Butt near Sohawa and recovered 2-kg heroin from his possession. According to him, ANF Rawalpindi acting upon a tip-off intercepted a car (LWN-0713) near Burhan Motorway Interchange and ...

The Express Tribune

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

People of the area have resented the ECNEC decision.. PHOTO:FILE. CHAKWAL: Construction work on the Chakwal-Sohawa Road has been deferred as the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has not released funds for the project ...
 
Business Recorder
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:15:00 -0800

ANF Rawalpindi arrested an accused Tahir Mehmood Butt r/o Jhelum near PSO Petrol Pump, GT Road, Sohawa, Jhelum and recovered 2 kg Heroin concealed in his luggage. The arrested accused is a professional drug peddler and is involved in distribution ...

The Nation

The Nation
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:41:15 -0800

A large number of small and big rallies of PTI also arrived at Faizabad from Azad Kashmir, Chakwal, Jhelum, Jatli, Sohawa, Gujar Khan, Rawat, Humak, Model Town, and Mandra areas. The participants of the rallies were bellowing anti-Nawaz slogans.
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