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Bhalgran is a village in Poonch District in Azad Kashmir.

Azad Kashmir Administrative Territory in Pakistan

Azad Jammu and Kashmir, abbreviated as AJK and commonly known as Azad Kashmir, is a nominally self-governing jurisdiction administered by Pakistan. The territory lies west of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, and was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Location

Bhalgran is located an hours drive from the capital of Poonch district, the city of Rawalakot.

Rawalakot Place in Kashmir, Pakistan

Rawalakot is a capital city of Poonch district, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located in the Pir Panjal Range. Its other name is Pearl Valley because the abundance of almond blossoms in the valley in summer gives the impression of scattered pearls when viewed from a mountain.

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bhalgran view from parath

Village of Thorar is in the east of Bhalgran, while the Jhelum River is located in the west of Bhalgran. It is a beautiful region of this part of Jammu & Kashmir, its sub-parts contain the villages of Sardi, Lway, Dubyern, Rarotha, Chetti Trar, Numb Dumbnota and Hill Koliary.

Thorar Place in Pakistan

Thorar is a town in Poonch District in Azad Kashmir. It is located about 20 miles from Rawalakot city, the capital of Poonch district.

Jhelum River River in India and Pakistan

The Jhelum River (Urdu: جہلم‎ Punjabi: ਜਿਹਲਮ, Kashmiri: Vyeth, is a river of west Kashmir and eastern Pakistan. It is the westernmost of the five rivers of Punjab, and passes through Srinager District. It is a tributary of the Indus River and has a total length of about 725 kilometres.

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Sardi laway Bhalgran view from Thorar Bazar

It is located 75 kilometres (47 mi) from Kohala. Bhalgran is connected with Rawalpindi and Islamabad via the neighbouring districts of Azad Pattan and Dhalkot, and with Muzaffarabad through Kohalla. Majority of the population in Bhalgran belong to the Sudhun Tribe.

Kohala, Pakistan Town in Punjab, Pakistan

Kohala is a town in Pakistan on the River Jhelum, north of Murree, south of Muzaffarabad, and east of Bagh. The town was at the independence of Pakistan in 1947 a border town between newly created Pakistan and the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, but is today only the border between the rest of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Rawalpindi Metropolis in Punjab, Pakistan

Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi, is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is adjacent to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad, and the two are jointly known as the "twin cities" on account of strong social and economic links between the cities. Rawalpindi is the fourth-largest city in Pakistan by population, while the larger Islamabad Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the country's third-largest metropolitan area.

Islamabad Capital of Pakistan

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan, and is federally administered as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Built as a planned city in the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan's capital, Islamabad is noted for its high standards of living, safety, and abundant greenery.

Literacy

Literacy rate of Bhalgran is 85%

Sports

People of this region mostly play volleyball, cricket and Tash(Cards).

Volleyball ballgame and team sport in which two teams compete to ground the ball on their opponents side of the net

Volleyball is a popular team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since Tokyo 1964.

Shopping

The town has few good bazaars where all essential commodities of life are easily available.

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bhalgran view from Ner

Occupation

There is a large diaspora of people from Bhalgran in the Middle East and Europe, as employment opportunities for the population are non-existent, some find employment with the Military or in government departments. The area has subsistence level of farming which is not enough to feed a family.

Earthquake of 2005

The town suffered significant damage from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake; although most of the buildings were left standing, many of them were rendered uninhabitable, and some of the population was left homeless. Most of the houses have been reconstructed though without the help of the Government of Pakistan or Azad Kashmir.

2005 Kashmir earthquake earthquake

The 2005 Kashmir earthquake occurred at 08:50:39 Pakistan Standard Time on 8 October in Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir. It was centered near the city of Muzaffarabad, and also affected Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. It registered a moment magnitude of 7.6 and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The earthquake also affected countries in the surrounding region where tremors were felt in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Chinese Xinjiang. The severity of the damage caused by the earthquake is attributed to severe upthrust. It is considered the deadliest earthquake to hit South Asia since the 1935 Quetta earthquake.

Pakistan federal parliamentary constitutional republic in South Asia

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

RDC Sardi Bhalgran

Due lack of Development in area, in early 2017 people of Sardi Bhalgran started this organization, RDC(Regional Development Council).

Devastating fire of April 2008

A devastating fire have taken place in Bhalgran Markaz, which is the shopping, health, educational, cultural, religious center for the population around. The fire has burnt down most of the markaz (community center). The damage has left the poor storekeepers bank default and rest of the population without the basic facilities of life. That was another blow down for people of Bhalgran after "2005 Earthquake". Bhalgran Rehabilitation Committee has appealed people all over the world to send their donations.

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