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Gujrat City

Gujrat
گُجرات
Gujrat is located in Pakistan
Gujrat
Coordinates:
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Gujrat
Government
 • District Coordination Officer Liaquat Chattha
 • District Police Officer Rai Ijaz Ahmed
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Calling code 053
Number of Union councils 18[1]

Gujrat (Punjabi, Urdu: گُجرات‎), is a city in Punjab Province of Pakistan.[2] It is the capital of Gujrat District and the 18th largest city of Pakistan.[3] Gujrat Tehsil subdivision in the Punjab Province.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Geography 3
  • People from Gujrat 4
  • References 5

History

The city was established by Moghul Emperor Akbar, King Jahangir in his memos records the following information on Gujrat:

"At the time when His Majesty Akbar went to Kashmir, a fort had been built on the bank of that river. Having brought to this fort a body of Gujars who had passed their time in the neighbourhood in thieving and highway robbery, he established them here. As it had become the abode of Gujars, he made it a separate pargana, and gave it the name of Gujrat."[4]

Demographics

According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the total population of Gujrat district was 2,048,008 of which 1,026,000 are males and 1,022,000 are females, with a population density of 642 persons per square kilometre. Over 25.62% of the population was recorded as being urban.[5]

Geography

Alexendria bridge in Chenab River Gujrat

Gujrat is an ancient city of Pakistan located between two famous rivers, Jhelum River and Chenab River. It is bounded to the northeast by Jammu and Kashmir, to the northwest by the Jhelum River, to the east and southeast by the Chenab River, separating it from the districts of Gujranwala and Sialkot; and to the west by Mandi Bahauddin District.

People from Gujrat

A clay artist working thrower to make terracotta vases.

References

  1. ^ a b "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Gujrat – Government of Pakistan". 
  2. ^ Google maps. "Location of Gujrat". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.pbs.gov.pks/default/files//tables/POPULATION%20SIZE%20AND%20GROWTH%20OF%20MAJOR%20CITIES.pdf
  4. ^ The Memoirs of Jahangueir (Rogers), Volume 1, chpt. 23
  5. ^ 1998 Census of Pakistan figures – Urban Resource Centre
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