Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil

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Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil (Urdu: /Punjabi: پنڈ دادن خان) is a small area of Jhelum District, in Punjab, Pakistan. It is the oldest tehsil in this area of Pakistan. Its capital city is Pind Dadan Khan. ("Pind" comes from the Punjabi word for "village.") The capital city is on the bank of River Jhelum, about 28 kilometres from the M2 motorway.

Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil is well known for having Asia's largest salt mine, Khewra Salt Mines. The Khewra Salt Mines have been used for over 2000 years, and have an underground mosque.

The area has a long history going back to the time of Alexander the Great's invasion (see Punjab (Pakistan)). Alexander the Great's famous horse, Bucephalus, is said to be buried in the small town of Jalalpur Sharif, which is in Pind Dadan Khan.

Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil is named after Nawab Dadan Khan. He was the Muslim Governor of Lahore (the capital city of Punjab) in the 1700s.

One important person from Pind Dadan Khan was Nawabzada Ghzanfar Ali Khan. He was a Muslim minister in the 1946 cabinet. Just after the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was created, he became Minister of Health, Food and Agriculture. Later, in December 1947, he became the Minister of Refugees and Rehabilitation.

Another important person from this area was Mohammad Ramzan Chotana. He was awarded several gold medals by the British Government for his skill in different technical fields.

Administration[change | change source]

Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil is divided into 16 Union Councils:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Chak Shadi
  • Daulatpur
  • Dharyala Jalap
  • Golepur
  • Gujjar
  • Haranpur
  • Jalalpur Sharif
  • Kandwal
  • Khewra-I
  • Khewra-Ii
  • Lilla
  • P.D.Khan
  • Pindi Saidpur
  • Sauwal
  • Toba