Gojra , a tehsel of Toba Tek Singh, has produced 112 international players to the national hockey team. They played international matches, tournaments and Olympic games as well, is the city of Toba Tek Singh District in the Punjab in the province of Pakistan, and is located 30 miles (50 km) from Faisalabad, 170 km from Lahore, 125 km from Burewala, 157 km from Vehari and 20 miles (32 km) north of Toba Tek Singh. It has a history of more than hundred years, and as it was the centre of cultivated lands, the village was known for its “Mandi” (market) for cash crops. The 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 Gojra.
|In Urdu :||گوجرہ|
|City Council:||Government of Punjab|
|Type:||City of Toba Tek Singh District|
|Local Language Name:||Punjabi|
|Coordinates :||31°9′N 72°41′E|
|District:||Toba Tek Singh District|
|Elevation:||1,526 ft (465 m)|
|Government Type:||Government of Punjab|
|Total Area:||7 sq mi (17 km2)|
|Density:||17,000/sq mi (6,900/km2)|
|Total Population:||117,892 (1998) 143,369 (2005)|
|Time zone:||PST (UTC+5)|
|Summer (DST):||PDT (UTC+6)|
|Vehicle registration:||Three letters beginning with G and random four numbers|
Gojra city was established in 1896, when the colonisation of Faisalabad began. The railway line between Faisalabad and Gojra was laid in 1899. The town was given the status of notified area committee in 1904 and upgraded to a B-Class Municipality in 1925. In 1906, the population was 2,589, according to The Imperial Gazetteer of India “The business done in this rising mart on the railway, which has sprung into existence in the last six years owing to the extension of the Chenab Canal to the surrounding country, bides fair to rival in importance that of Faisalabad itself”.In 1919, following the Rowlatt Act, hartals broke out throughout Punjab, Gojra was affected by serious protests and a member of the Church Mission Society had to be escorted out of the town by loyal residents.The city was raised to the status of Tehsil town and affiliated with the newly established district Toba Tek Singh on 1 July 1982.
After independence from Britain
After independence from Britain, in view of its increasing size, it was declared as 2nd class Municipal Committee in 1960. The town was raised to the status of Tehsil town and affiliated with the newly established district Toba Tek Singh on 01.07.1982. After the introduction of Devolution of Powers Plan, the Municipal Committee Gojra came into being on 12.08.2001. Canal rest house is the oldest building constructed during British government in 1898.
Hockey players from Gojra
Gojra contributed a number of players to the Pakistan Hockey team, including Iqbal Bali and Muhammad Aslam .When they returned to Gojra they established their own hockey teams, and provided free training to the youth of the village. The biggest event in the calendar it used to be the annual fixture between these two teams. This match use to attract a huge crowd. This actually created a nursery for the Pakistan hockey team and many of the Pakistan hockey team players including Tahir Zaman, Muhammad Qasim.
The Gojra Hockey Club (a local club, has won this years Jat Tar Singh memorial U19 (Under 19) hockey tournament, this high profile tournament was held in India, where Gojra city team competed again best of Indian U19 hockey teams and won this championship. The Gojra team won this title by defeating Amritsar Academy 4–2 at Ludhiana hockey stadium.
The Manzoor-ul-Hassan and Rasheed-ul-Hasan brothers were the main source of inspiration for hockey and establishing it in their native town. They brought Gojra to be recognised in the hockey playing nations of the world. Manzoor-ul-Hassan (1972–1982) played 154 games and scored 101 goals for Pakistan. He was given the name “Wall of China” because he was so hard to beat as he was a defender (full back). Rashid-ul-Hassan played 199 matches and scored 9 goals. He was the backbone of the Pakistan Hockey team from 1979 to 1987.
Gojra was a renowned centre for eye surgery. Its fame for ophthalmic excellence was known throughout colonial India. One of the leading figures of Gojra was the eye surgeon, Dr. Harbhajan Singh. He gave eyesight to a huge number of patients whose eyes could not be cured by many of the ophthalmologists in more sophisticated hospitals in big cities like Delhi, Lahore or Calcutta.Another leading figure was Dr Rehmat Ullah. He later on established an eye hospital in Gojra, by the name of Dr Rehmat Ullah’s General and Eye Hospital. Later on his mission was carried on by his two sons Dr Abdul Hafeez and Dr Muhammad Iqbal.Now a days Dr Amanat is a famous eye specialist of gojra.He has also established an eye hospital by the name of Amanat eye and general hospital.He has also introduced laser treatment of eye in gojra. Currently a project to construct a 1400 bed eye hospital in Gojra is underway.
Population sizes vary by district but some distinguishing factors include a young age structure, high age dependency ratio, a higher percentage of males, a higher proportion of married population, and heterogeneity in castes and languages.
Islam is the common heritage in the region with a 97.22% Muslim majority according to the 1998 Pakistan census report and 2001 population data sheet.Islamic influences are evident in the fundamental values of various inhabitants including cultural traditions, marriage, education, diet, ceremonies and policies with may reflect stark differences in rural villages as compared to urban areas. People live in tight-knit joint families, although a nuclear family system is emerging due to changing socio-economic conditions .
The city has several institutions dedicated to further education such that the Government Degree College for Boys and the Government Degree College for Girls (Women). This Government Degree College has now been upgraded as Government Postgraduate College. The city also has a number of Higher Education schools, several prominent schools are Government M. C. High School and Government Islamia High School. M. C High School is one of the oldest schools and has produced some of the most prominent hockey players for the national hockey team.The non profit private school ( Allama Iqbal public school Gojra) was established in 1994. The first private college(Shiblee College Gojra) of the district T.T.Singh was established in Gojra in 1995. Other private colleges are Allama Iqbal Science and Commerce College, Allama Iqbal Ideal college for Girls, Quaid-e-Azam College, Quaid-e-Azam Post Graduate College Gojra, Muslim College Gojra, Jinnah College Gojra and Punjab College Gojra Campus. Shiblee college gojra also scored a ton on educational as well as in the other extra-curricular activities and got third position in debate Competetion(English) on the provincial level in Punjab Youth Festival. Fabolous Winning Debate was delivered by Muhammad Saram Khalid. This college also produced present Pakistani cricket player Ehsan Adil. This guy represented Pakistan in Worldcup 2015.
Gojra was connected to motorways of Pakistan in 2015. On 16 March 2015, Governor Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan inaugurated Faisalabad to Gojra motorway M4. Gojra Toll Plaza is located near a village 303 J.B, about 6 km from Gojra city on Gojra-Jhang road.
More Imformation About Hockey Players
Manzoor-ul-Hassan (also known as Manzoor Sr.) and Rasheed-ul-Hasan, brothers were the main source of inspiration for hockey and established it in their native town. They brought Gojra to be recognised in the hockey playing nations of the world. Manzoor-ul-Hassan (1972â€“1982) played 154 Â games and scored 101 Â goals for Pakistan. He was given the name “Wall of China” because he was so hard to beat as he was a defender (full back). Rashid-ul-Hassan played 199 matches and scored 9 Â goals. He was the backbone of the Pakistan Hockey team from 1979 to 1987.Gojra contributed a number of players to the Pakistan Hockey team, including Iqbal Bali and Muhammad Aslam .When they returned to Gojra they established their own hockey teams, and provided free training to the youth of the city and created a nursery for the Pakistan hockey team and many of the Pakistan hockey team players.The Gojra Hockey Club (a local club, has won this year’s Jat Tar Singh memorial U19 (Under 19) hockey tournament, this high profile tournament was held in India, where Gojra city team competed again best of Indian U19 hockey teams and won the championship. The Gojra team won this title by defeating Amritsar Academy 4â€“2 at Ludhiana hockey stadium.Prof.Rana Mahmood Ahmad khan. A leading educationist. He served in different position as Associate and Full Professor. His last appointment was as a Principal of Govt College Samanabad Faisalabad. He promoted the cause of education.