Etymology[change | change source]
Multan is Moolastan which means the Place of origin (Moolam is source or origin).
History[change | change source]
The old city of Multan is a Walled city which is built on an ancient mound. Archaeologists believe the mound is made up of earlier cities going back to the Bronze Age. There were six gates into the old city but these have been destroyed over time. Three gates were rebuilt by the British when they governed the country. Inside the wall is a circular road, called the alang. The old city has narrow and winding streets, with houses crowded close together.
Political importance[change | change source]
Multan is the main center of the South Punjab, Seraiki speaking region. The people here think their language is separate from the majority Punjabi language of Punjab and want to create a separate province of their own, called Seraikistan.[source?]This city has some important political figures. Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani,a former Prime Minister of Pakistan belongs to Multan. Another well-known politician from here is Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Famous Places in Multan[change | change source]
- Ghanta Ghar
- Lohari Gate
- Haram Gate
- The old Qasim Bagh
- Shrine of Sufi saint Shah Rukn-i-Alam
- Shrine of Sufi saint Bahauddin Zakriya
- Shrine of Sufi saint Shamsuddin Sabzwari
- Shrine of Sufi saint Sakhi Ali Akbar
- Lahore Road
- The Van Agnews Monument dating from British Raj times.