Khanewal city was little more than a village up to 1919 when given the status of area committee, later upgraded to Municipal Committee in 1933; then to a district in 1985. Khanewal is named after the earliest settlers here who belonged to the caste Daha Rajput (A Rajput Caste) and used Khan in their names. That is how the city came to be known as khan-e-wal. From the beginning of the 7th century Rajput kingdoms dominated Eastern portions of Pakistan and northern India. In 997 CE, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, took over the Ghaznavid dynasty empire established by his father, Sultan Sebuktegin, In 1005 he conquered the Shahis in Kabul in 1005, and followed it by the conquests of some western Punjab region. Eastern Regions of Punjab from Multan to the Rawalpindi in the north remained under Rajput rule until 1193. The Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire later ruled the region. The Punjab region became predominantly Muslim due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape of Punjab region.Khanewal is located at 30°18’0N 71°55’0E with an altitude of 128 metres.
|City Council:||Government of Punjab|
|Type:||Capital of Khanewal District|
|Local Language Name:||خانیوال|
|Coordinates :||30°18′N 71°56′E|
|Elevation:||128 m (420 ft)|
|Government Type:||Government Of Punjab|
|District Coordination Officer:||Khalid Mahmood Sheikh|
|Total Area:||4,349 km2 (1,679 sq mi)|
|Total Population:||2,376,000 (2005)|
|Time zone:||PST (UTC+5)|
|Vehicle registration:||Three letters beginning with K and random four numbers|
It is situated in the center of the country at an almost equal distance from Karachi and Peshawar and on the main routes of the railway and grand trunk road. The district is bounded on the north by district Jhang and district Toba Tek Singh; on the south by Vehari district; on the east by district Sahiwal and on the west by Multan district.
Under Mughal rule, the city flourished and was notable for commerce and trade. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikh Empire invaded and occupied Jhang. The Muslims faced restrictions during the Sikh rule. Under the British Raj, there was agricultural development. 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 the Khanewal District. Khanewal became the district in 1985 firstly it was Tehsil of Multan.
Inthe early 1900s
Khanewal has a rich and vibrant history which can be traced back to the early 1900s. Khanewal is famous for its cotton growing industry. Daha(A Rajput Caste) are regarded as the initial settlers and founders of Khanewal. Khagga, Haraj, , Daha, Bodla, Siyal are the largest castes of Khanewal. Historically Khanewal is an old city having its earliest foundations laid by the British Empire owing to its importance as a railway junction. The city was a junction of the Wazirabad-Khanewal railway line and provided a connection to the city of Karachi via Lahore. Its straight roads show that it is a well planned town by the British people. The earliest settlers are said to be the Daha(A Rajput Caste) who have the Khan in their names and the city was named after them as Khan-e-wal. Following a great public move led by the then famous lawyer Malik Mohammad Aslam Metla Khanewal was declared district in 1985. In Khanewal city the different languages are spoken i.e. Punjabi, Urdu, Siraiki,Mewati and Pushto as well.Historically Khanewal is an old city having its earliest foundations laid by the British Empire owing to its importance as a railway junction. The city was a junction of the Wazirabad-Khanewal railway line and provided a connection to the city of Karachi via Lahore.
Its boundaries meet the districts of Jhang and Toba Tek Singh in the north, Sahiwal in the east, Vehari in south and with Multan in the west. Underground water resources are generally adequate throughout the district. The subsoil water is sweet and suitable for industrial purposes. There is no mentionable nullah available in the district. However, effluent of industry can be disposed of in the rivers, namely Chenab and Ravi, after pretreatment, with permission from the Irrigation and Power Department, Government of the Punjab.The climate of the District is hot and dry. The summer Season starts in April and continues till October. May, June and July are the hottest months.There are 26 telephone exchanges operating in the district (ranging in capacity from 200 lines to 7200 lines). Cellular phone services are also available. The area has 20 national bank branches, 24 post offices, 7 textile mills, 1 sugar mill, 71 cotton gin factories, 17 police stations on 1,058,641 acres (4,284 km2).
As per national census of 1998, Punjabi is the main language of Khanewal district. Urdu, the national language, is spoken widely.The population of Khanewal District was 2,068,000 in the 1998 Census. In the 2005 Economic Survey the population was reported at 2,376,000 with a growth rate of 2.4%. In 2015 the population of Khaewal District was estimated to be 2,941,000.According to the census of 1998, Punjabi is the most widely spoken first language of the district, accounting for 81% of the population. Urdu was the native language of 7.8%, Saraiki “ of 5.8% and Pashto “ of 1.1%. :21“22.
- Punjab Group of Colleges Khanewal
- The Smart School, Khanewal campus (Civil Lines Khanewal)
- Punjab College of Business Administration Peoples Colony
- The City School Senior and Junior branch
- Muslim College of commerce and computer sciences, Khanewal
- Khanewal Public School and College Khanewal
- Superior Group of Colleges