Hafizabad – A Bird’s Eye View
Hafizabad District is a district of Punjab province, Pakistan. It consists of two tehsils: Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian. Hafizabad was made a district in 1991; formerly, it was a tehsil of Gujranwala District. It is situated in the central Punjab and is known for its rice industry on agricultural side and cotton textile industry on industrial side. The capital of the district, Hafizabad, was built by Mughal emperor Akbar for strengthening administration of the Punjab District.Hafizabad is a small town located in the Punjab province in Pakistan. It is situated in Hafizabad district. Hafizabad is famous for its canals and irrigation system and many visitors often visit its canals etc. the particularly interesting one is Head Sagar Complex in which an irrigation canal is running over a link canal. River Chenab also runs near Hafizabad and forms a natural boundary between Hafizabad district and Mandi Bahaudin. Hafizabad is also called “the land of rice” as a majority of Pakistan’s rice exports are from Hafizabad. The second biggest product of Hafizabad is cotton which is of interest to the businessmen of Faisalabad in particular.
The Chenab River forms the Northern and North-Western boundary of the district. On the North-West touches Mandi Bahauddin, on the South lies Sheikhupura, on the West Sargodha and Jhang districts and on the East Gujranwala District. The district Hafizabad has a total area of 2,367 square kilometres.
The district is included in the agricultural areas of central Punjab and is home of one of the most amazing canal networks of the world. Hafizabad is famous for its rice production. The Hafizabad City Grain Market and Jalalpur Bhattian Grain Market are considered the biggest Rice Export centres of the country.
Hafizabad District has many colleges that provide high quality education. The majority of the population in the district 97% is Muslim, while Christians & Ahmadis inhabit the area in small numbers with the share of 2.9% and 0.1%, respectively. Punjabi is the dominant language 98.7%, while, other languages spoken in the district are Urdu 0.9%, Pushto 0.3% and Siraiki 0.1%.
Hafizabad is known as “Sheraz-e-Hind” as many a poets and scholars of international repute were born in the area.
Hafizabad is situated at a height of 800 feet (240 m) above sea-level. The district is located between 32°-20′ north latitudes and 73°-12′ and 73°-46′ east longitude. Situated in central Punjab Hafizabad has its border with the Sheikhupura District and Gujranwala in east, District Mandi Bahauddin in north, District Sargodha in west and District Jhang in south. Hafizabad is situated at a distance of 300 km from Federal Capital Islamabad and is 90 km away from Provincial Capital Lahore.
The district is administratively subdivided into two tehsil:
2. Pindi Bhattian