The oldBhakkarwas walled and had gatesThe old town was walled and had gates as Tavela gate and Imamanwala gate. The only remaining gate Jinnah Gate (formerly King Gate) was built in British period in the name of Mr. King the then Deputy Commissioner. There are remains of a handera (tomb) near Sheikh Raoo bridge, which is believed to be burial place of Bakhar Khan, the founder of the city. The present police station was originally a Baloch fortress. Some 30 years ago when a branch of River Indus flowed past the town. West side of the town was green and pleasant.This is a very scarce silver coin belonging to the reign of Nadir Shah 1148-1160 AH (1735-1747 AD) from the Afsharid dynasty, it is an Indian type minted during his occupation of the area. It is listed by type as Album #2744.2 (Type D). It weighs 11.3 gr. (18 mm.) and minted in the city of Bhakkar in the state of Punjab in India, dated 1157 AH.During British rule, the district was a tehsil of Mianwali District, the population according to the 1891 census of India was 119,219 which had risen to 125,803 at the 1901 census. In addition to the headquarters Bhakkar (population, 5,312), the tehsil contained and 196 villages. The land revenue and cesses amounted in 1903-4 to Rs 1.7 lakhs. Places of interest are Mankera and Muhammad Rajan, at the latter of which is the shrine of Pir Muhammad Rajan, who died there on a pilgrimage.
RelicsThe town has some historical places like the Dilkusha Bagh which is believed by some to be a Mughal garden built by Humayun, however Humayun never visited the area, on his retreat to Iran, he went to another Bakhar in Sindh to seek help from Mahmood Khan, which was however denied by historian Henry Raverty.
IndependenceThe predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim refugees from India settled in the Bhakkar District.
ClimateBhakkar city (known as Bakhar in Seraiki) as the capital. It is located between 31° 10' and 32° 22' N. and 70° 47' and 72° E. with an area of 3,134 square miles (8,120 km2), most of it lies in the desolate plain of the Thal, but the Kachhi or strip of riverine land along the Indus is of great fertility. Its area consists of riverine tract along the Indus called Kacha and the Thal historically called CholeJalali. Most of its area comprises greater Thal.
PopulationBhakkar city has a population of almost 300,000 the total population of the district was estimated to be 1.37 million in 2008.
LanguageFollowing are the demographics of the Bhakar, by spoken language:
- Punjab local people different dialects: 98%
- Other: 2%
- Majhi (Standard Punjabi spoken by 60%, Specially spoken in newly cultivated and city areas)
- Thalochi (Local Desert Punjabi dialect spoken by 30%)
- Jandali (Northern border area near Mianwali district)
- Shapuri (North Eastern border area near Khushab district)
- Jhangvi (South Eastern border area near Jhang district)
- Urdu is mother tongue of few people but being national language is spoken and understood by the sizeable population.
- English is also understood and spoken by few, mainly educated elite.
Famous Personalties Places
Dilkusha BaghThere is an Old Date Orchard, locally known as 'Dilkusha Bagh' which is believed by some to be a Mughal garden built by Humayun, however Humayun never visited the area, on his retreat to Iran, he went to another Bakhar in Sindh to seek help from Mahmood Khan, which was however denied by historian Henry Raverty.
- Syed Wazarat Hussain Naqvi (Lawyer and Civil Society member)
- Asad Jafri (Educationist and Poet)
- Rasheed Akbar Khan Nawani (Politician)
- Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel (Politician)
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Traditional-CraftsTraditional craft is making of mats and other house-hold products from wild grasses like kai and kunder which also provides livelihood to a large number of families.
SpecialtiesBhakkar famous souvenir was Karna oil, which was extracted from karna flower which is also Exported to Middle East.
IndustrySugar Mill "Fecto Sugar Mills Limited., Darya Khan
AgricultureMajor crops of district Bhakkar are Wheat, Grams, Cotton and Sugarcane. Main fruits are Citrus, Mango, Guava and Dates while vegetables are Turnip, Onion, Tomato and Carrot.
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