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|Number of Union councils||25|
Chakswari (Urdu: تحصیل چکسواری) is a tehsil (town) in the Mirpur District, Azad Kashmir, containing about 25 villages including the New Town of IslaamGarh, about 20 km from Mirpur city. It is fast becoming a commercial area of the district.
The majority of the people speak Pahari/Pothowari/Mirpuri, the second most spoken language of Kashmir after Kashmiri. A large number of people emigrated to the United Kingdom between the 1950s and 1980s.
Chakswari has plains and hills. Chakswari has pleasant scenery and the climate is generally dry, with hot summers and cool winters. There is not much rain. The people of this area are agriculturalists belonging to the Jatt, Rajput & Moochi castes, with strong cultural links to the Pothwar region of Pakistan.
Chakswari is divided into two parts, the historic old town where the majority of the wholesale shops, for which the town is known, are and the newer part. Chakswari Colony which was built for the families who lost their homes following the construction of Mangla Dam. The town is modern. About twenty thousand people live there. Chakswari boasts the biggest house-building boom after Mirpur. Chakswari is known for its excellent shopping areas and its large shopping plazas for which most of the wholesale shops are. There are many stores, plazas, shopping malls & markets in these thoroughfares, selling everything from hand made pottery to international brands.
Chakswari is well known for the existence of The Holy Pir. It is most commonly known as Noshahi pir who were part of The Muhammad family tree. The Noshahi Haji pir Ganj Baksh tomb is in Ralmal Sharif in Gujrat. In the '90s, they were known for helping the people of Chakswari with things like poverty.