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Mianwali district’s area once formed an integral part of the Greco-Bactrian Empire of Kabul and the Punjab.According to some historical accounts the area was called Hindu Shahia when Alexander the Great invaded India in 325 BC. Mahmud Ghaznavi and later Muhammad Ghauri annexed greater part of Punjab to the empire of Ghazna.
The local Hindu population converted and has remained staunch believers in Islam ever since.
The ruins found in the eastern and northern parts of the district suggest that the area has been part of ancient civilizations, however, it can be said that in southern waterless Thal there was no inhabitation prior to 14th century due to non existence of any livelihood source.
The district was populated by the migration of tribes from three sides. Awans came from the north-east, Jats and Baloch moved up north into the area from the valley of Indus, and Pakhtuns tribes descended from the north-west. Jats migrated mainly for the economic reasons while the area was a safer haven for feuding Pashtun tribes.
Almost all the prominent tribes of present-day Mianwali came to this region after 13th century.
Before the fifteenth century the lower portion of the district was probably occupied by a few scattered Jat tribes, depending on their cattle for subsistence.
The valley of Indus was a dense jungle, swarming with pigs and hog-deer and frequented by tigers; while the Thal must have been almost unoccupied.
Niazi Pathans poured into the area from the west and got a foot hold on both the high banks of Indus during the reign of Lodhi dynasty.
Awans who had been occupying the area formerly ascended the eastern hills and settled in the plains beyond the Salt Range.
During the Mughal rule, Ghakkars became feudatories. They were uprooted and driven out by Niazis at the decline of Mughal Empire and in the time of Nadir Shah’s invasion of India. The area fell to Sikhs in the last decades of nineteenth century. Sikhs ruled until the annexation of Punjab in 1849 by the British.
During British rule, the Indian empire was subdivided into provinces, divisions and districts. The British had made the towns of Mianwali and Isakhel tehsil headquarters of Bannu District then part of Dera Ismail Khan Division of Punjab province.
In November 1901, the North-West Frontier Province was carved out of Punjab and the towns of Mianwali, Isakhel, Kalabagh, and Kundian were separated from Bannu District (Bannu became part of NWFP) and hence a new district was made with the headquarters in Mianwali city and placed in Punjab. The district became a part of Rawalpindi Division. There were four tehsils namely Mianwali, Isakhel, Bhakkar, and Layyah. Layyah was included in the Muzaffargarh District in 1909. The district became a part of Sargodha Division in 1961.
Bhakkar tehsil was carved out of Mianwali district and made a separate district inside Sargodha division in 1982.
District Mianwali derives its name from a local saint, Mian Ali who had a small hamlet in the 16th century on the eastern bank of Indus, which came to be called Mianwali after his name.
The area was formally known as Kachachi.
A typical household in Mianwali
Average household size in Mianwali district is 7.1 persons.
Urban household size at 7.3 higher than the rural.
Households having four or less family members make only 26 percent of the total in the district while 38 percent consists of eight or more family members.
22 percent of the total families live in one room houses, although their average family size is 5 persons.
On an average each housing unit has 2.7 rooms and each room houses 2.6 persons.
Only 3.4 percent of the rural houses were on rent while figure was 9.2 percent for the urban areas.
11 percent of the houses in rural areas were aged less than 5 years while the same figure for urban areas was 9 percent.
67.2 percent of the houses in villages have walls made of baked bricks while the rest have katcha walls. In towns however 80 percent of the houses are built with baked bricks. Similarly in urban areas 15 percent of the roofs are built with reinforced concrete and 63 percent with wood while in rural areas only 8 percent houses have RCC roofs and the majority (74 percent) are made of wooden planks.
50 percent of the rural households have a hand pump and 19 percent have tap water within the house while in urban areas 40 percent depend on tap water and 50 percent use hand pump for daily use water.
In towns 90 percent have electricity connections while in villages only 59 percent have this facility and 41 percent burn oil for light.
10 percent use natural gas as cooking fuel in urban areas with the rest burning wood or kerosene oil while in rural areas only 2.3 percent use natural gas and 90.2 percent burn wood for cooking their food. In rural area 78 percent of the houses do not have a latrine while in urban area 28.2 percent houses lack this facility.
20 percent of the rural households have access to television while the ratio for urban areas is 40.2 percent.
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MIANWALI, ONCE A LITTLE-KNOWN AND THEREFORE UNDISTURBED DISTRICT SITTING PEACEFULLY ON THE NORTHWESTERN EDGE OF THE PUNJAB, IS NOW AS DYNAMIC AND WIDELY KNOWN AS ANY OTHER PART OF PAKISTAN.IT CAME INTO POLITICAL LIMELIGHT WITH NAWAB AMIR MUHAMMAD KHAN OF KALABAGH TAKING OVER AS GOVERNOR WEST PAKISTAN IN THE EARLY 1960’S.ABOUT TWO DECADES LATER THE WORD KALABAGH AGAIN FLASHED INTO SIGNIFICANCE WITH REFERENCE TO THE UNNECESSARILY CONTROVERSIAL KALABAGH DAM.BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION AND CENTURIES-OLD ASSOCIATION WITH THE NWFP, MIANWALI BEARS VISIBLE TRACES OF THE PASHTOON CULTURE.
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