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The Districts of Pakistan ( ur| ); are the third-order administrative divisions of Pakistan, below provinces and divisions, but forming the first tier of local government. In total, there are 130 districts in Pakistan, including the Islamabad Capital Territory, 10 districts in Pakistan's dependent territory of Azad Kashmir, and 14 districts in Pakistan's dependent territory of Gilgit Baltistan. Districts are divided into tehsils, which are further divided into union councils.

History

In 1947, when Pakistan gained independence, there were 124 districts. In 1969, two new districts (Tangail and Patuakhali) in East Pakistan were formed, bringing the total to 126. After the independence of Bangladesh, Pakistan lost 20 of its districts, resulting in a total of 106 districts. In 2001, the number was reduced to 102 by the merger of the five districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West, and Malir to form the new Karachi District. The number of districts rose to 106 again in December 2004, when four new districts were created in the province of Sindh, one of which (Umerkot) had existed from 2000 and three (Kashmore, Qambar and Jamshoro) which were newly created. The new districts were carved out of Mirpur Khas, Jacobabad, Larkana and Dadu Districts respectively. In May 2005, the Punjab provincial government created a new district by raising the status of Nankana Sahib from a tehsil of Sheikhupura District to a district in its own right. On July 11, 2011, the Sindh Government restored the districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West, and Malir, and later, in 2013, the district of Korangi was created from part of the Karachi East District. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a second tier of government consisting of three administrative divisions was created. In Gilgit–Baltistan, a second tier of government consisting of three divisions was created. In 2018, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and the FATA agencies were converted into districts. The Chagai District is the largest district of Pakistan by area, whereas the Lahore District is the largest by population, with a total population of 11,126,285 at the 2017 census. The Quetta District is the largest district of Balochistan by population, with a total population of 2,275,699 at the 2017 census. The Bahawalpur District is the largest district of Punjab by area. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Chitral District is the largest by area, and the Peshawar District is the largest by population, with a population of 4,269,079 at the 2017 census. Sindh's largest district by area is the Tharparkar District,and its largest by population is the Karachi West District, with a population of 3,914,757 at the 2017 census. The combined population of the six districts of the Karachi Division is over 16 million at the 2017 census, giving an average population of those six districts at more than 2.675 million each. The Neelum District and the Kotli District are the largest districts of Azad Kashmir by area and population, respectively. For Gilgit-Baltistan, the Gilgit District is the largest by both area and population.

Pakistan



Azad Jammu and Kashmir



Gilgit-Baltistan



Districts of Pakistan



Balochistan



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Note: Recently merged 7 agencies and Frontier Regions of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa included in the list. Population and area of Frontier Regions is merged in respective districts.

Punjab



Sindh

thumb|Districts of Sindh

Districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir



Districts of Gilgit Baltistan



See also

*Administrative units of Pakistan *List of Pakistani Districts by Human Development Index

Notes

All the figures require being re-checked. Data entry error has occurred in Sindh Province.

References



Further reading

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External links

* from the Population Census Organization (Government of Pakistan) {{DEFAULTSORT:Districts Of Pakistan Districts Pakistan 2 Districts, Pakistan Category:Pakistan-related lists