Chakswari Tehsil

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Chakswari
Country Pakistan
ProvinceAzad Kashmir
Population
 • Estimate ()20,000
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Union councils25

Chakswari (Urdu: تحصیل چکسواری‎) is a 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 quickly becoming a commercial area of the district.

The majority of the people speak Pahari (also known as Pothowari or Mirpuri), the second most spoken language of Kashmir after Kashmiri. A large number of people emigrated to the United Kingdom during the 1950s and 1980s.

Chakswari has plains and hills. It has a generally dry climate, 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. There is the historic old town which houses the majority of the wholesale shops for which the town is known and the newer part. It is called Chakswari Colony and was built for the families who lost their homes following the construction of Mangla Dam. The town is modern and around 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 where most of the wholesale shops are. There are many stores, plazas, shopping malls & markets in these areas, and they are known for their different types of items sold there.

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.