Districts of Pakistan

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Category Third-level administrative division
Location Administrative units of Pakistan
Number154 (as of 2017)
PopulationsGreatest: Karachi, Sindh— 18,891,354(2017 census)
Least: Awaran, Pakistan—121,660 (2017 census)
AreasLargest: Chagai, Balochistan—44,748 km2 (17,277 sq mi)
Smallest: Torghar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa—497 km2 (192 sq mi)
GovernmentDistrict Administration
Subdivisions Tehsil, Taluka

The Districts of Pakistan (Urdu : اِضلاعِ پاكِستان; Sindhi: پاڪستان جا ضلعا), are the third-order administrative divisions of Pakistan, below provinces and divisions, but forming the first-tier of local government. In total, there are 154 districts in Pakistan including the Capital Territory and the districts of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. [1] [2] These districts are further divided into tehsils or talukas .



In 1947, when Pakistan gained independence there were 124 districts. In 1969, 2 new districts (Tangail and Patuakhali) in East Pakistan were formed totalling to 126. After the Independence of Bangladesh, Pakistan lost 20 of its districts and so there were 106 districts. In 2001, the number was reduced to 102 by the merger of the 5 districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West and Malir to form Karachi District. The number of districts rose to 106 again in December 2004, when four new districts were created in the province of Sindh of which one (Umerkot) had existed until 2000 and three districts (Kashmore, Qambar and Jamshoro) were newly created. [3] [lower-alpha 1] The new districts were carved out of Mirpur Khas, Jacobabad, Larkana and Dadu Districts respectively. In May 2005, the Punjab provincial government created a new district by raising the status of Nankana Sahib from a tehsil of Sheikhupura District to a district in its own right. [4] [lower-alpha 2] On 11 July 2011, the Sindh Government restored again the districts of Karachi South, Karachi East, Malir, Karachi West and Karachi Central, then later in 2013, the district of Korangi was carved out of Karachi East District. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a second-tier of government was formed from three administrative divisions into ten districts. In Gilgit–Baltistan, there are ten districts divided between the two regions of Gilgit and Baltistan. In 2018, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and FATA agencies were converted into districts.

Chagai is the largest district of Pakistan by area while Lahore District is the largest by population with a total population of 11,126,285 at the 2017 census. Quetta is the largest district of Balochistan by population with a total population of 2,275,699 at the 2017 census. Bahawalpur is the largest district of Punjab by area. Chitral is the largest by area and Peshawar is the largest by population from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the population of 4,269,079 at the Census 2017. Sindh's largest district by area is Tharparkar [5] and by population its Karachi West with a population of 3,914,757 at the 2017 Census. The combined population of the six districts of Karachi division is over 16 million at the 2017 census, giving an average population for these six districts of Karachi division of over 2.675 million each. Neelum and Kotli are the largest districts of Azad Kashmir by area and population respectively. Gilgit is the largest by area and population both for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Provinces and Territories

Sr. No.States / ProvincesDistrictsArea
(2017) [6]
Country of Comparable Size
1 Azad Jammu and Kashmir 1013,2974,045,366304.23Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
2 Balochistan 34 [7] 347,19012,344,40835.55Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
3 Gilgit-Baltistan 1472,9713,500,00047.96Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone
4 Islamabad Capital Territory 19062,006,5722,214.76Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe
5 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 34 [8] 101,74135,525,047349.17Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
6 Punjab 36 [9] 205,345110,012,442535.74Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
7 Sindh 29 [10] 140,91447,886,051339.82Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan

Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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AJK Districts
(1998) [11]
(2017) [12]
1 Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad 1,642453,957650,370394 Muzaffarabad
2 Hattian Bala Hattian Bala 854166,064230,529270 Muzaffarabad
3 Neelum Athmuqam 3,621125,712191,25153 Muzaffarabad
4 Mirpur Mirpur 1,010333,482456,200452 Mirpur
5 Bhimber Bhimber 1,516301,633420,624297 Mirpur
6 Kotli Kotli 1,862563,134774,194416 Mirpur
7 Poonch Rawalakot 855411,035500,571585 Poonch
8 Bagh Bagh 770281,721371,919483 Poonch
9 Haveli Forward Kahuta 598111,694152,124254 Poonch
10 Sudhnati Pallandari 569224,091297,584523 Poonch


Sr. No.DistrictHeadquartersArea
(2017) [13]
1 Awaran Awaran 29,510 [14] 122,0114 Kalat
2 Barkhan Barkhan 3,514171,55648.8 Zhob
3 Chagai Chagai 44,748 [15] 226,0085 Quetta
4 Dera Bugti Dera Bugti 10,160312,60331 Sibi
5 Gwadar Gwadar 12,637263,51421 Makran
6 Harnai [16] Harnai 4,09697,01724 Sibi
7 Jafarabad Dera Allahyar 2,445513,813210 Nasirabad
8 Jhal Magsi Jhal Magsi 3,615149,22541 Nasirabad
9 Kachhi Dhadar 7,499237,03032 Nasirabad
10 Kalat Kalat 6,622412,23262 Kalat
11 Kech Turbat 22,539909,11640 Makran
12 Kharan Kharan 8,958156,15217 Kalat
13 Khuzdar Khuzdar 35,380802,20723 Kalat
14 Killa Abdullah Chaman 3,293757,578230 Quetta
15 Killa Saifullah Killa Saifullah 6,831342,81450 Zhob
16 Kohlu Kohlu 7,610214,35028 Sibi
17 Lasbela Uthal 15,153574,29238 Kalat
18 Lehri Bakhtiarabad 9,830118,04612 Nasirabad
19 Loralai Loralai 9,830397,40040 Zhob
20 Mastung Mastung 5,896266,46145 Kalat
21 Musakhel Musa Khel Bazar 5,728167,01729 Zhob
22 Nasirabad Dera Murad Jamali 3,387490,538145 Nasirabad
23 Nushki [17] Nushki 5,797178,79631 Quetta
24 Panjgur Panjgur 16,891316,38519 Makran
25 Pishin Pishin 7,819736,48194 Quetta
26 Quetta Quetta 2,6532,275,699858 Quetta
27 Sherani Sherani 2,800153,11655 Zhob
28 Sibi Sibi 7,796135,57217 Sibi
29 Sohbatpur Sohbatpur 7,796200,53826 Nasirabad
30 Washuk Washuk 29,510176,2066 Kalat
31 Zhob Zhob 20,297310,54415 Zhob
32 Ziarat Ziarat 1,489160,422108 Kalat
33 Duki Zhob 153,000 Zhob
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Gilgit Baltistan's map with districts


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Gilgit Baltistan Administrative divisions and districts
# District Headquarters Area
1 Ghanche Khaplu 6,400 88,366 Baltistan
2 Skardu Skardu 15,000 214,848 Baltistan
3 Astore Gorikot 8,657 71,666 Diamer
4 Diamer Chilas 10,936 131,925 Diamer
5 Ghizer Gakuch 9,635 120,218 Gilgit
6 Gilgit Gilgit 38,000 243,324 Gilgit
7 Hunza Ali Abad 17,145 80,355 Gilgit
8 Kharmang Madupur 20,000 [18] Baltistan
9 Shigar Shigar 8,500 109,000 Baltistan
10 Nagar Nagar 15,567 89,420 Gilgit
11 Gupis–Yasin Ishkoman Gilgit
12 Tangir Darel Diamer
13 Darel Tangir Diamer
14 Roundu Dambudas Baltistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(2017) [19]
1 Abbottabad Abbottabad 1,967 1,332,912 785 Hazara
2 Bajaur Khar 1,290 1,093,684 848 Malakand
3 Bannu Bannu 1,227 1,167,892 952 Bannu
4 Battagram Battagram 1,301 476,612 366 Hazara
5 Buner Daggar 1,865 897,319 481 Malakand
6 Charsadda Charsadda 996 1,616,198 1,623 Peshawar
7 Chitral Chitral 14,850 447,362 30 Malakand
8 Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 7,326 1,627,132 222 Dera Ismail Khan
9 Hangu Hangu 1,097 518,798 473 Kohat
10 Haripur Haripur 1,725 1,003,031 581 Hazara
11 Karak Karak 3,372 706,299 209 Kohat
12 Khyber Landi Kotal 2,576 986,973 383 Peshawar
13 Kohat Kohat 2,545 993,874 390 Kohat
14 Kurram Parachinar 3,380 619,553 201 Kohat
15 Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,164 876,182 277 Bannu
16 Lower Dir Timergara 1,582 1,435,917 908 Malakand
17 Lower Kohistan Pattan 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara
18 Malakand Batkhela 952 720,295 757 Malakand
19 Mansehra Mansehra 4,579 1,556,460 340 Hazara
20 Mardan Mardan 1,632 2,373,061 1,454 Mardan
21 Mohmand Ghalanai 2,296 466,984 203 Peshawar
22 North Waziristan Miranshah 4,707 543,254 115 Bannu
23 Nowshera Nowshera 1,748 1,518,540 869 Peshawar
24 Orakzai Kalaya 1,538 254,356 165 Kohat
25 Peshawar Peshawar 1,257 4,269,079 3,396 Peshawar
26 Shangla Alpuri 1,586 757,810 478 Malakand
27 South Waziristan Wana 6,620 679,185 103 Dera Ismail Khan
28 Swabi Swabi 1,543 1,624,616 1,053 Mardan
29 Swat Saidu Sharif 5,337 2,309,570 433 Malakand
30 Tank Tank 1,679 391,885 233 Dera Ismail Khan
31 Torghar Judba 497 171,395 345 Hazara
32 Upper Dir Dir 3,699 946,421 256 Malakand
33 Upper Kohistan Dasu 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara

Note: Recently merged 7 agencies and Frontier Regions of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa included in the list. Population and area of Frontier Regions is merged in respective districts.


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Sr. No.DistrictHeadquartersArea
1 Attock Attock 6,8581,883,556275 Rawalpindi
2 Bahawalnagar Bahawalnagar 8,8782,981,919336 Bahawalpur
3 Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 24,8303,668,106148 Bahawalpur
4 Bhakkar Bhakkar 8,1531,650,518202 Sargodha
5 Chakwal Chakwal 6,5241,495,982229 Rawalpindi
6 Chiniot Chiniot 2,6431,369,740518 Faisalabad
7 Dera Ghazi Khan Dera Ghazi Khan 11,9222,872,201241 Dera Ghazi Khan
8 Faisalabad Faisalabad 5,8567,873,9101,345 Faisalabad
9 Gujranwala Gujranwala 3,6225,014,1961,384 Gujranwala
10 Gujrat Gujrat 3,1922,756,110863 Gujranwala
11 Hafizabad Hafizabad 2,3671,156,957489 Gujranwala
12 Jhang Jhang 8,8092,743,416311 Faisalabad
13 Jhelum Jhelum 3,5871,222,650341 Rawalpindi
14 Kasur Kasur 4,7963,454,996720 Lahore
15 Khanewal Khanewal 4,3492,921,986672 Multan
16 Khushab Jauharabad 6,5111,281,299197 Sargodha
17 Lahore Lahore 1,77211,126,2856,279 Lahore
18 Layyah Layyah 6,2911,824,230290 Dera Ghazi Khan
19 Lodhran Lodhran 2,7781,700,620612 Multan
20 Mandi Bahauddin Mandi Bahauddin 2,6731,593,292596 Gujranwala
21 Mianwali Mianwali 5,8401,546,094265 Sargodha
22 Multan Multan 3,7204,745,1091,275 Multan
23 Muzaffargarh Muzaffargarh 8,2494,322,009524 Dera Ghazi Khan
24 Narowal Narowal 2,3371,709,757732 Gujranwala
25 Nankana Sahib [4] Nankana Sahib 2,9601,356,374458 Lahore
26 Okara Okara 4,3773,039,139694 Sahiwal
27 Pakpattan Pakpattan 2,7241,823,687669 Sahiwal
28 Rahim Yar Khan Rahim Yar Khan 11,8804,814,006405 Bahawalpur
29 Rajanpur Rajanpur 12,3191,995,958162 Dera Ghazi Khan
30 Rawalpindi Rawalpindi 5,2865,405,6331,322 Rawalpindi
31 Sahiwal Sahiwal 3,2012,517,560786 Sahiwal
32 Sargodha Sargodha 5,8543,703,588633 Sargodha
33 Sheikhupura Sheikhupura 3,0303,460,4261,142 Lahore
34 Sialkot Sialkot 3,0163,893,6721,291 Gujranwala
35 Toba Tek Singh Toba Tek Singh 3,2522,190,015673 Faisalabad
36 Vehari Vehari 4,3642,897,446664 Multan


Sindh districts Pakistan.PNG
Sr. No.DistrictHeadquartersArea
1 Badin Badin 6,7261,804,516268 Banbhore
2 Dadu Dadu 7,8661,550,266197 Hyderabad
3 Ghotki Mirpur Mathelo 6,0831,646,318270 Sukkur
4 Hyderabad Hyderabad 5,5192,199,463398 Hyderabad
5 Jacobabad Jacobabad 5,2781,006,297191 Larkana
6 Jamshoro Jamshoro 11,250993,14288 Hyderabad
7 Karachi Central Karachi 692,971,62643,067 Karachi
8 Karachi East Karachi 1652,907,46717,610 Karachi
9 Karachi South Karachi 1221,791,75114,686 Karachi
10 Karachi West Karachi 9293,914,7574,214 Karachi
11 Kashmore Kandhkot 2,5921,089,169420 Larkana
12 Khairpur Khairpur 15,9102,404,334151 Sukkur
13 Korangi Korangi 952,457,01925,918 Karachi
14 Larkana Larkana 1,9061,524,391205 Larkana
15 Malir Malir 2,2682,008,901886 Karachi
16 Matiari Matiari 1,417769,349543 Hyderabad
17 Mirpur Khas Mirpur Khas 2,9251,505,876515 Mirpur Khas
18 Naushahro Feroze Naushahro Feroze 2,9451,612,373548 Shaheed Benazir Abad
19 Qambar Shahdadkot Qambar 5,5991,341,042239 Larkana
20 Sanghar Sanghar 10,7202,057,057192 Mirpur Khas
21 Shaheed Benazir Abad Nawabshah 4,5021,612,847358 Shaheed Benazir Abad
22 Shikarpur Shikarpur 2,5121,231,481490 Larkana
23 Sujawal Sujawal 8,699 [20] 781,967106 Banbhore
24 Sukkur Sukkur 2,5121,487,903592 Sukkur
25 Tando Allahyar Tando Allahyar 5,165836,887162 Hyderabad
26 Tando Muhammad Khan Tando Muhammad Khan 2,310677,228293 Hyderabad
27 Tharparkar Mithi 19,6381,649,66184 Mirpur Khas
28 Thatta Thatta 7,705 [5] 979,81798 Banbhore
29 Umerkot [21] Umerkot 5,608 [5] 1,073,146191 Mirpur Khas

See also


  1. No data is available on the recently created districts of Sindh Province.
  2. No data is available on the recently created district of Nankana, which was part of Sheikhupura District.

All the figures require being re-checked. Data entry error has occurred in Sindh Province.

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