Photos of Dera Ismail Khan

Brief History: Dera Ismail Khan is district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The capital of the district is the town of Dera Ismail Khan (often abbreviated to D. I. Khan), situated on the west bank of the Indus River.
Dera Ismail Khan was founded in the first quarter of sixteen century by Sardar Ismail Khan Baloch, a son of Sardar Malik Sohrab Khan Dodai Baloch, who named the town after himself. The original town was swept away by a flood in 1823. The present town stands four miles (6 km) back from the permanent channel of the river. After the flood destruction of 1823, the present city was founded by Sardar Ellahi Bakhsh Siyyal in 1825 but he preferred not to change the name.

Town Hall, D.I. Khan

DI Khan Pictures: Town Hall, DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

State Life Building at D.I. Khan. Photo by .

DI Khan Pictures: State Life Building at DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

A Craftsman Making Wooden Handicrafts in D.I. Khan. Nazir Hussain and his family are attached with handicrafts business for more than 100 years. His shop is located in main Topanwala Bazaar, D.I. Khan. The hand work done on wood pieces is called Jindry which is the specialty of Nazir Hussain. Jindry is a very time consuming work and requires high level expertise. Photo by JEN (Japan Emergency NGO).

DI Khan Pictures: A craftsman making wooden handicrafts in Topanwala Bazaar, DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Wooden Handicrafts of D.I. Khan. Photo by JEN (Japan Emergency NGO).

DI Khan Pictures: Wooden handicrafts of DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Some More Wooden Handicrafts in Nazir’s Shop in D.I. Khan. Photo by JEN (Japan Emergency NGO).

DI Khan Pictures: Some more Wooden handicrafts of DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Daewoo Bus Terminal at D.I. Khan

D.I. Khan Pictures: Daewoo Bus Terminal at D.I. Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Laying the Foundation Stone of Gomal University, D.I. Khan. Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is laying down the foundation stone of Gomal University, D.I. Khan on 1st May, 1974. Nawab Allah Nawaz Khan was the Founder Vice-Chancellor and he donated 11,000 kanal land to the University.

DI Khan Pictures: Bhutto laying the foundation stone of Gomal University, DI Khan in 1974 - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Story Behind the Foundation Stone of Gomal University, D.I. Khan. Reportedly this Foundation Stone was removed in the era of President Zia-ul- Haq. Then after 23 years, Muhammad Zahid Nawaz, President Peoples Students Federation, warned the Gomal University Administration that if they do not reconstruct the old Foundation Stone, he would commit suicide with his Cabinet. Then the Governor of N.W.F.P ordered to reconstruct the Foundation Stone. Photo by Mshahidnawaz9.

DI Khan Pictures: Photo of foundation stone of Gomal University, DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

St. Helen’s School and College, D.I. Khan

DI Khan Pictures: St. Helen's School and College, DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Grave  of Sir Henry Marion Durand at D.I. Khan. Sir Henry Marion Durand was a Maj Gen from the Engineers Corps in the British Indian Army. He was appointed as lieutenant-governor of the Punjab in 1870. In making a tour of the frontier of his province (NWFP, now KPK, was a part of Punjab Province then) he arrived in the neighbourhood of Tank on 31 December 1870, and having inspected the outpost on foot he mounted an elephant and proceeded with the Tank chief beside him to visit the town. His howdah was crushed against the roof of the gateway and he was thrown to the ground, his head striking a wall. As a result of the head injury, he died on 1st January 1871. His grave is located in the compound of St. Thomas’ Church in Dera Ismail Khan. He was father of Mortimer Durand famous for the Durand Line. Photo by Asadawan.

DI Khan Pictures: Tomb of Sir Henry Marion Durand at DI Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

St. Thomas’ Church, Dera Ismail Khan. Grave of Sir Henry Marion Durand can be seen on the right side of the church in the green fields.  Photo by Jawad Sherazi.

DI Khan Pictures: St. Thomas' Church at D I Khan - Images and Photos Dera Ismail Khan

British Army troops at D.I. Khan in 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.

DI Khan Rare Pictures: British Army troops at DI Khan in 1890 - Old Photos Dera Ismail Khan

The Officers Club, D.I. Khan, 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.

DI Khan Rare Pictures: The Officers Club, DI Khan, 1890 - Old Photos Dera Ismail Khan

Officers of 2nd Sikhs Regiment at D.I. Khan, 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.

DI Khan Rare Pictures: Officers of 2nd Sikhs Regiment at DI Khan, 1890 - Old Photos Dera Ismail Khan

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  1. Naresh Kumar Harmilapi says:

    My grandfather Mr. Manhor Lal (Harmilapi and Grover) was the Headpostmaster, could anybody tell me about his friends, etc.?

    • Hameed Ullah Sayal says:

      Dear Kumar,
      You are too late. any how your love for your native town and area is appreciable. I would like to request all elderly people to record all their memories regarding Dera Ismail Khan. May God bless us all with Love and Peace.

  2. Mustafa Nawaz Sadozai says:

    Historic and nice pics …Great effort by Admin…Thank you.
    D.I. Khan is my LOVE.

  3. Can any one share any information on my ancestors’ house in D.I.Khan? They used to stay opposite. Arya Kanya Pathshala near Mohalla Ganesh Puri. My dad’s aunt (Bua) was the Head Mistress of the girls school lt. Smt Jamna Devi sister of L D TANEJA
    Would appreciate if someone can share anything about the same.

  4. Naresh Kumar Harmilapi says:

    How I can find the friends of my grandparents and my father, all were born in Dera Ismail Kahn? My grandfather Mr. Manhor Lal was Head Postmaster in Dera Ismail Kahn before Partition till 1947.

  5. Asad NawazBaloch says:

    D I khan is the best city.

  6. Let me share that I have been part of a research project by Center for Culture and Development, to document tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Dera Ismail Khan. This information has been turned into Teacher Resource Kits which teachers can use for integrating cultural heritage into school learning. Additonally Resource Kits are being developed for the use of community. I can share them with anybody who is interested in knowing more about the heritage of Dera Ismail Khan.



  8. So beauty pic

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  10. Elizabeth Delmonico says:

    Researching in the British Library a few years ago, I stumbled on this Gazetteer of the Dera Ismail Khan District. 1883-1884 Compiled and Published under the authority of the Punjab Government. Lahore: Printed at the “Arya Press,” 1884. It contains a wonderful description of the lacquer industry, written by Lockwood Kipling. Here it is:

    Mr. Lockwood Kipling, Principal of the Lahore School of Art, has kindly furnished the following note on some of the special industries of the district:–
    “The notable industry of Dera Ismail Khan is lacquered turnery in wood, which differs in many respects from that of other districts. The general tone of colour is sober, and almost sombre; red,black and dark green being the principal colours, relieved by a little grey and ornaments in amalgam, which have the effect of dull silvery lines. The wood used in shisham, and larger articles than usual are here made, circular tea-poys being perhaps the best known. Ivory and camel bone ornaments in the shape of knobs, studs and flowers ingeniously notched and carved are liberally applied. This practice arose, in the first place, from the necessity for covering with an ivory stud the hole left in the ware by the iron lathe point on which it revolved. It is carried to excess at Dera Ismail Khan, and the fantastic finials and projections in ivory are the weak point of this pretty and characteristic trade. They are loosely fastened at points where they are least wanted, as on the surfaces of tables; and most liable to injury. It is seldom indeed that they survive a journey in a packing case without injury.
    The usual form of scratched ornament is a maze of fernlike scrolls of microscopic fineness through black to red; with borders of similar work through green to yellow. Another characteristic by which the ware may be recognised is a profusion of small circles in amalgam on black. Generally, the work may be considered the most tasteful and refined of all lac turnery in the Punjab, as there is an entire absence of crude and glaring colours, with a definite system of ornamentation. The minute scroll work and the circles in tin are done by the women and daughters, while the men’s part is to turn and lacquer the ware, and to turn and carve the ivory ornaments. Native women are more industrious (142)than is commonly thought but there are few positive trades or arts in which they are employed; and there in none so delicate or suitable to their powers as this dainty pattern scratching. The Kharadis of Simla imitate the black and amalgam effect, but the very minute scratched ornament and the rich dark colour are peculiar to Dera Ismail Khan. The production is said to be unequal to the demand. Probably as the town is somewhat out of the way, dealers have not found it worth their while to bring the ware systematically before the public. Some large orders were obtained from English dealers by Major Macaulay; and the ware may be seen on sale in England.
    “At Leiah in this district a particularly excellent form of khes or checked cotton cloth is made. Blue and white, as elsewhere, are the favourite colours, though red is occasionally used. The cloth is of first-rate texture and substance, and the woven chequer work is as neat and firm in execution as it is agreeable in effect. It is suitable for carpet cloths, bed covers, purdahs, etc., and serves its original purpose of a cold weather warp as well as any cotton fabric could be expected to do.
    “Mr. B. H. Baden-Powell, in his “Punjab Manufactures,” says that Leiah is noted for thick and well felted blankets. There are unfortunately no specimens in Lahore from which these fabrics could be described. They are of excellent quality.”

  11. Kalsoom Tabassum says:

    I love D.I. Khan and I need more details about its history. I have a few questions if somebody can answer them.
    1. Where is Mohandaas Chawala’s house?
    2. Is Civil hospital the new name for Ram hospital?
    3. Were is Ram Bazaar?
    4. Where is Saithan Wala Bazaar?
    5. Who was Seth Bagai? And where was his house?

    • nadeem gandapur says:

      Bagai house (mahal) is in gali dr fazal Reman in commissnory bazar ‘the mahal was the hostel of gomal univeristy in 76&75

      • Nadeem ji..Can you one share any information on my ancestors’ house in D.I.Khan? They used to stay opposite. Arya Kanya Pathshala near Mohalla Ganesh Puri. My dad’s aunt (Bua) was the Head Mistress of the girls school lt. Smt Jamna Devi 9sister of L D TANEJA0
        Would appreciate if someone can share anything about the same.

  12. Hidayat ullah Khan says:

    It needed a mention that Marion Durand whose grave is in the courtyard of the church was father of Mortimer Durand famous for the Durand Line.

    • Dear Hidayat ullah Khan Sahib,
      Name of his son Mortimer Durand has now been added in the article.
      Thanks for your suggestion.

  13. Nasir ud Din Mian says:

    I worked in DI KHAN from 1987 to 1994. It was a very peaceful and friendly place. For me, the plus point was its pollution free environment. I certainly enjoyed my stay over there and still cherish the love and sincerity that was showered by all with whom we interacted.
    Allah bless this area with peace and prosperity.

  14. kifayat Baloch says:

    I think its polo ground or old airport near old Bannu chungi.

  15. It is the not the tomb of Sir Henry Mortimer Durand but Maj General Henry Marion Durrand at the Church in DIK! Please see this reference:,_Henry_Marion_(DNB00)

  16. Bilal Hidayat says:

    Any idea where are these British troops standing?

  17. I love Dera Ismail Khan.

  18. Muhammad Imran Marwat says:

    DI Khan my home city, I love it. DI Khan people are very peaceful and civilized.

  19. Arslan Durrani says:

    Great work…. I didn’t even know these things before seeing this Post…that’s amazing.

  20. Kiran Malik says:

    My parents were from D I Khan before Partition.

  21. Col Ishtiaq Ahmad, AMC says:

    Nice to see an effort to bring this remote area to lime light. This is my home town. Thanks.

  22. Lt Col Naeem Ahmed Khan (Retd), 2nd SSC says:

    I served in D I Khan 1979-82 as Instructor in MP School. I and my family carry cherishing memories of DERA PHULLAN DA SEHRA, I am an eye witness how tough it was to serve in an under developed Cantt which barely had medical and other basic facilities. Where contribution made by Col Tariq Masood are to be applauded, it would be unfair not to mention the name of COL ZAKA ULLAH KHAN GANDAPUR, the then Comdt MP School, who had additional charge of Station Commander. The first step towards development/progression in D I Khan was taken when COL ZAKA managed to get Gen Sawar Khan on a recruits Passing Out parade. He managed to get good funds from him and an actual era of development started in his time. All appreciation to all those who kept keeping brick over brick and brought Dera to today’s stage of good development.
    Secondly, Col Tariq, it is unethical on your part to speak on corruption by senior echelon of Armynow after you have left the service and country too. It would have spoken big of you if you had talked about it when you spotted corruption taking place first. Lots of regards.

    • Col (R) Tariq Masood, (44 Long Course) USA says:

      Dear Col Naeem Ahmed Khan,
      You are very right. Most of the officers who served with me know me well that I talked about corruption in the Army even while I was in service. I served at various places and lucrative appointments but I did not become part of system rather I pointed at the highest forum. I will give you the run down of my contribution in the Army in spite of all the odds. I am proud that never even once hesitated to speak the truth. Will give you details soon.

      • Lt Col Naeem Ahmed Khan (Retd), 2nd SSC says:

        I appreciate if you did that. God will reward you for it. I have commanded SIB for long six years & have thorough knowledge on this account. Corruption is a menace which has traveled down to roots of our society. Unless a few heads are chopped every day, this is not likely to finish. But who will do it?

    • Musarat Shaheen says:

      Your efforts stand appreciated. Also tributes to people of Dera.

  23. Col (R) Tariq Masood, (44 Long Course) USA says:

    I have the honor to serve in D I Khan as Station Comd. I am proud to make tremendous development in D I Khan in my three years tenure. I will give you run down on the way things developed in this very remote city of KPK. It will be very interesting reading and eye opener for the readers specially the Army Personnels how the Army elite is corrupt and irresponsible and how the corrupt TOLLA of corrupt senior officers protect each other and scratch each others back in corruption. These Holy Cows also need to be accountable to the Public. I request if somebody has the latest pics of D I KHAN.
    Projects undertaken and completed on solo efforts and self help basis.
    1. 100 bed Hospital of any International standard. The second biggest hospital between Zhob and Pesahwar or Rawalpindi.
    2. Women Wards, Children Wards.
    3. Accommodation for Officerrs/Doctors and Staff.
    4. Fun Land on the River Indus site.
    5. Improvement of roads, infrastructure and development in Cantt.
    6. Development of barren Army land.
    7. Establishing of First Aid centers in Schools and Colleges of the Cantt and City.
    8. Youth Training on Medical aspects specially students.
    9. Construction and development of Parks.
    10. Transport facilities in Cantt Areas.
    11. Cantt Dispensary and provision of medical assistance and free medicines.
    12. Ladies Health Workers Org.
    13. Parents/ teachers/students projects.
    14. TB centers in the Cantt and outskirts of D I KHAN with the help of NGO.
    15. Making arrangements for provision of clean drinking water for the Cantt and city.
    16. Establishing College in Cantt.
    17. Provision of Security arrangements in the Cantt.
    18. Completion of Jamia Masjid and Education center in the mosques.
    19. Controlling the Shia Sunni Riots in D I Khan.
    20. Controlling Riots in Gomal University.
    21. Awareness to Gomal University students.
    22. Shopping Center in D I Khan.
    23. Providing latest Medical facilities to the civil population.
    24. Got all specialists in CMH, on which the Army is fighting the SW Frontier war.
    25. Got rid of the Sardars’ influence at least in my area of responsibility.

    I am proud that inspite of all the Odds from my greedy seniors, I did complete my projects in my tenure. I regret that I wanted to make this hospital on solar energy.

    UNO offered two mega projects in D I kHan in continuation of my projects, which were swallowed by the Frontier Govt.

    I am proud that the people of D I Khan honor me for my contributions. I gave new dimension and new life to the people of D I Khan.

  24. Brig (R) Khalid Hassan, USA (2nd SSC) says:

    Nice photos.

  25. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd) says:

    A historic and impressive picture of 1890, showing troops in the ground.

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