Administrative units of Pakistan

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Administrative units of Pakistan
پاکستان کی انتظامی اکائیاں
Category Federated state
Location Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Number4 Provinces
2 Autonomous Territories
1 Federal Territory
PopulationsLeast 2,441,523 (Gilgit-Baltistan)
Most 110,012,442 (Punjab)
AreasSmallest 906.0 km2 (349.81 sq mi) (Islamabad Capital Territory)
Largest 347,200 km2 (134,050 sq mi) (Balochistan)
Subdivisions Divisions, Districts, Tehsils, Union Council
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The administrative units of Pakistan (Urdu : پاکستان کی انتظامی اکائیاں) consist of four provinces (Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh), two autonomous territories (Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan) and one federal territory (Islamabad Capital Territory). Each province and territory is subdivided into divisions, which are further subdivided into districts, which are further subdivided into tehsils, or taluka, which are further subdivided into union councils. [1]


History of Pakistan

Early history

Pakistan's provinces and territories were inherited from British India at independence on 14 August 1947. 2 days after independence, the Muslim-majority district of Murshidabad in Bengal moved from Pakistan to India due to an award by the Radcliffe Commission. [2] In 1947, Pakistan consisted of two wings, which were separated by 1600 kilometres of Indian territory. The western wing consisted of the merger of Northwest Frontier Province, West Punjab, and Sindh, the Baluchistan Chief Commissioners Province, thirteen princely states. The eastern wing consisted of East Bengal, the Chittagong Hill Tracts and Sylhet from the former British Raj province of Assam.

In 1948, Karachi was separated from Sindh to form the Federal Capital Territory. In 1950, the Northwest Frontier Province absorbed the princely states of Amb and Phulra while West Punjab renamed itself to Punjab. In 1952, the four princely states in the southwest formed the Baluchistan States Union.

In 1955, the One Unit Policy was launched by Muhammad Ali Bogra, whereby all the provinces and princely states of the western wing were merged and formed West Pakistan, with Lahore as the provincial capital. Simultaneously, East Bengal (including Sylhet and the Hill Tracts) was renamed to East Pakistan, with Dacca as the provincial capital. The One Unit Policy aimed to reduce expenditure and to eliminate provincial prejudices, but the military coup of 1958 signaled difficulties when the first military President, Ayub Khan, abolished the office of Chief Minister of West Pakistan in favour of Governor's rule.

On 7 September 1958, after four years of negotiations, including six months of intense negotiations, Pakistan purchased the Gwadar enclave from the government of Oman for 5.5 billion rupees/ USD $3 million (approx. $22,410,311.42 in 2017). Gwadar formally became part of Pakistan on 8 December 1958 after 174 years of Omani rule. In 1960, the federal capital moved from Karachi to Rawalpindi and in 1961, the Federal Capital Territory was merged into West Pakistan. In 1966, the capital was again moved to Islamabad. In 1962, Dacca was made the legislative capital of the country due to East Pakistan's high population. [3] In 1963, Pakistan entered into a treaty with China to transfer part of the Gilgit Agency to China (Shaksgam Valley—the Trans-Karakoram Tract) with the provision that the settlement was subject to the final solution of the Kashmir dispute.

Since 1970

In 1970, the second military President, Yahya Khan, abolished West Pakistan and established four new provinces: Sindh, Balochistan, Northwest Frontier Province and Punjab. In 1971, East Pakistan seceded to form Bangladesh in the Bangladesh Liberation War. In 1974, the remaining princely states of Hunza and Nagar were abolished and their territories merged into Gilgit Agency, to form the Northern Areas. In 1975, portions of the districts of Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan were separated to form the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In 1981, the region around Islamabad was separated from Punjab, and renamed to Islamabad Capital Territory.

In August 2000, divisions were abolished as part of a plan to restructure local government, followed by elections in 2001. Many of the functions previously handled by the provinces had been transferred to the districts and tehsils. In 2008, the government restored the former divisions and appointed commissioners.

In 2009, the Northern Areas were renamed to Gilgit-Baltistan and became a de facto province. [4] [5] In 2010, the Northwest Frontier Province was renamed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. [6] In 2018, the National Assembly of Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed the historic FATA Merger Bill - with the adoption of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment Act of 2018 . On 31 May, the final step in the merger of the FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was completed, as President Mamnoon Hussain signed the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill into law. Thus FATA status was abolished as a separate entity and was merged into Khyber Pakthunkhwa province. [7] [8] [9]

Tiers of Pakistan

The diagram below outlines the six tiers of government:

(i.e. Pakistan)
(e.g. Punjab Province)
(e.g. Rawalpindi Division)
(e.g. Jhelum District)
(e.g. Sohawa Tehsil)
Union Council
(e.g. Domeli UC)

Current administrative units of Pakistan

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Pakistan's administrative units
English nameUrdu nameAbbreviationCapitalSecond Largest CityEmblemFlagMapMap keyPopulation
(km²) [10]
(per km²)
Azad Jammu and Kashmir [lower-alpha 1] آزاد جموں و کشمیرAJK Muzaffarabad Other Emblem Of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.png Flag of Azad Kashmir.svg Azad Kashmir in Pakistan (claims hatched).svg 64,045,36613,297223.55
Balochistan بلوچستانBL Quetta Gwadar Coat of arms of Balochistan.svg Flag of Balochistan.svg Balochistan in Pakistan (claims hatched).svg 112,344,408347,19037.91
Gilgit-Baltistan [lower-alpha 1] گلگت بلتستانGB Gilgit Other Gilgit Baltistan Government Logo.svg Flag of Gilgit Baltistan.svg Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan (de-facto + wo Glacier) (claims hatched).svg 72,000,00064,81726
Islamabad Capital Territory اسلام آباد دارالحکومتICT Islamabad Not Applicable Proposed Flag of Islamabad Capital Territory.svg Islamabad Capital Territory in Pakistan (special marker) (claims hatched).svg 52,006,5729061,271.38
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa خیبرپختونخواKP Peshawar Chitral Coat of arms of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.svg Flag of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.svg Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan (claims hatched).svg 235,525,047101,741349.17
Punjab پنجابPJ Lahore Faisalabad Coat of arms of Punjab.svg Flag of Punjab.svg Punjab in Pakistan (claims hatched).svg 3110,012,442205,344535.74
Sindh سندھSN Karachi Hyderabad Coat of arms of Sindh Province.svg Flag of Sindh.svg Sindh in Pakistan (claims hatched).svg 447,886,051140,914339.82
Pakistan پاکستانPK Islamabad State emblem of Pakistan.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan adm location map.svg 214,261,409874,209223.79
  1. 1 2 Disputed with India.

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