Lower Dir District
Lower Dir (Pashto: لر دیر ，Urdu: دیر زیریں) is one of the 27 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is in the north-western part of the province and has an area of 1583 square kilometers. Timergara city is the district headquarters and largest city.
It used to be one district named Dir but in 1996 it was divided into two, Upper Dir and Lower Dir.
History[change | change source]
At the time of Pakistan's independence in 1947, Dir was a princely state ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. It was merged in Pakistan in 1969 and later on declared a district in 1970. Later on in 1996 it was divided into Lower Dir and Upper Dir.
Geography[change | change source]
Some of Dir is mountainous with peaks rising to 5000 meters.
Demographics[change | change source]
The population of the Lower Dir district was 797,852 according to the 1998 census report. The population of Dir Lower was predicted to be 1.037.091 in 2005.
Administration[change | change source]
Lower Dir is divided into seven Tehsils which contain a total of 41 union councils.
|Adenzai||Asbanr, Badwan, Chakdara, Khadagzai,Tazagram, Khanpur, Kotigram, Ouch|
|Balambat||Balambat, Hayaserai, Lajbook, Munjai, Koto, Rabat|
|Lal Qila Maidan||Bishgram, Lal Qilla, Gall Maidan, Kotkai (Maidan), Zaimdara,|
|Munda||Khazana, Mia Kalai, Munda,|
|Samar Bagh||Darangai, Kambat, Mayar, Maskini, Sadbar Kali, Samar Bagh|
|Timergara||Bagh Dush Khel, Bandagai, Khungai, Malak Abad Ghara, Noora Khel, Shahi Khel Ziarat Talash, Timergara (Urban)|
National Assembly[change | change source]
|Member of National Assembly||Party Affiliation||Year|
|Qazi Hussain Ahmad||Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal||2002|
|Maulana Ahmad Ghafoor Ghawas||Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal||2003|
|Malak Azmat Khan||Pakistan Peoples Party||2008|
|Shahib Zada Muhammad Yaqub||Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan||2013|
Qazi Hussain Ahmad won the general elections in 2002 but he left the seat as he had also won from his native constituency. Therefore, in January 2003 another election was held.
Provincial Assembly[change | change source]
The district is represented by four elected MPAs in the provincial assembly.