Hafizabad is a district of Gujranwala Division in Punjab Province of Pakistan. It became a district in 1993; formerly, it was a tehsil of Gujranwala District. The city of Hafizabad is the capital of the district. The district is administratively divided into two tehsils (subdivisions); Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian.
It is famous for its rice production. The Hafizabad City Grain Market and Jalpur Bhattian Grain Market are the biggest rice export centers of the Pakistan.
Brief History: Historians are of the view that Hafizabad was built between 1556 to 1570.
According to a legend, Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar came to the present site of Hafizabad on a hunting trip and was separated from the hunting party. He felt thirsty. He saw a hut where lived Hafiz Mustafa Bukhari, a Muslim Sufi saint. He entertained Akbar. Akbar was impressed by his hospitality and asked him for any reward. The saint asked the Emperor to build a town. Akbar ordered for the construction of a town there and it was named Hafizabad after Hafiz Mustafa Bukhari (Reference: Tehsil Municipal Administration Hafizabad).
After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikhs occupied Pujnab and Hafizabad also came under their influence. The Muslims faced severe restrictions during the Sikh rule. In 1846 the British annexed Punjab and Hafizabad came under the British colonial rule. Later the predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement and Pakistan came into being in 1947.
Map of Hafizabad
Hafizabad Railway Station, Platform No. 2
“Hafizabad Walay”, a Poem about People of Hafizabad
Hafizabad District Courts
Akbari Daewaza Hafizabad
Jinnah Chowk Hafizabad. Photo by Irfan Shahzad.
Emergency Department of District Hospital Hafizabad
Alma Bi Hospital Hafizabad. Mohammed Younis MBE, a postal worker from Watford, UK, established the Alma Bi Hospital Trust in 1995, to bring free healthcare for the under-privileged people of Hafizabad. In 2008, his dream became a reality when the Alma Bi Hospital, named after his mother, opened its doors.
Main Gate of Hafizabad Stadium. Photo by Irfan Shahzad.
Hafizabad Model Police Station (Thana Saddar)
Complaint Box of Model Police Station Hafizabad
Pak China Circus at Hafizabad
Govt Degree College Hafizabad. Photo by Irfan Shahzad.
Govt Muslim High School Hafizabad
Govt Secondary School No.1 Hafizabad
Main Building of Govt Secondary School No.1 Hafizabad
Playground of Govt Secondary School No.1 Hafizabad
District Public School Hafizabad
Masjid Qadeem, Hafizabad. It is located at Vanekay Road.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Hafizabad
A Tractor Preparing the Land for the Rice Crop. Rice is the main crop of Hafizabad District and it is exported to many countries in the world.
A View of Head Sagar Park Hafizabad. Photo by Ijaz Ahmad Mughal.
Boating in the Lake at Head Sagar Park Hafizabad. Photo by naz 222.
Peacocks at Head Sagar Park Hafizabad. Photo by naz 222.
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