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
State Life Building at D.I. Khan. Photo by Mudasir Hassan.
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).
Wooden Handicrafts of D.I. Khan. Photo by JEN (Japan Emergency NGO).
Some More Wooden Handicrafts in Nazir’s Shop in D.I. Khan. Photo by JEN (Japan Emergency NGO).
Daewoo Bus Terminal at D.I. 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.
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.
St. Helen’s School and College, D.I. 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.
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.
British Army troops at D.I. Khan in 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.
The Officers Club, D.I. Khan, 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.
Officers of 2nd Sikhs Regiment at D.I. Khan, 1890. Photo by emmyeustace.
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