Attock District

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ضِلع اٹک
Pakistan - Punjab - Attock.svg
Attock District highlighted within Punjab Province
Coordinates: 33°45′57.6″N72°21′39.2″E / 33.766000°N 72.360889°E / 33.766000; 72.360889
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Headquarter Attock
  Chairperson District CouncilMs Eman Tahir [1]
  Total6,857 km2 (2,648 sq mi)
355 m (1,165 ft)
 (2017) [2]
  Density270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5 (PKT)
Languages English, Punjabi, Hindko, Urdu and Pashto
No. of Tehsils6
Tehsils Attock
Fateh Jang
Hassan Abdal
Pindi Gheb

Attock District (ضِلع اٹک) is a district in Pothohar Plateau of the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Its capital is Attock city.


The district was created in April 1904 [3] by the merging of tehsils of nearby districts. Its former name was Campbellpur. Today the district consists of 6 tehsils: Attock, Fateh Jang, Hazro, Hassan Abdal, Jand and Pindi Gheb.

It is located in the north of the Punjab province, bordered by Chakwal to the south, Mianwali to the southwest, Rawalpindi to the east, Kohat to the west, Nowshera to the northwest, and Swabi and Haripur to the north.


The original name of Attock District was Attock. It was changed to Campbellpur after the Commander-in-Chief of British forces Sir Colin Campbell, who rebuilt the city of Campbellpur. The name Attock was restored in 1978. [4]


According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the district had a population of 1,274,935 of which 20.45% were urban. [5] The estimated population in 2008 was 1.58 million.

In the 1998 census, 87% of the population identified their language as Punjabi. Pashto was the language of 8.3% and Urdu – of 1.1%. [6] The Punjabi dialect of the eastern Fateh Jang Tehsil is called Sohāī̃ and belongs to the Dhanni dialect group. The dialects of Pindi Gheb Tehsil (called Ghebi) and of Attock (sometimes called Chacchi) have been classified as part of Hindko. [7]


The district of Attock is divided into six tehsils [8]

  1. Attock
  2. Fateh Jang
  3. HasanAbdal
  4. Hazro
  5. Jand
  6. Pindi Gheb

Union Councils

District contain a total of 72 Union Councils. [9]


Attock has a total of 1,287 government schools out of which 51 percent (657 schools) are for female students. The district has an enrolment of 224,487 in public sector schools, having literacy rate of 26.3%. Attock is considered as most under developed district of Punjab. [10]

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