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Rawalakot
راولا کوٹ
General Information
Country Pakistan
Province Azad Kashmir
Elevation 5,000 m (16,404 ft) AMSL
Area 885 km² (342 sq mi)
Calling code 058710
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
No. of Towns
Population 0.459 million (1998)
Estimate 0.460 million (1999)
Government
No. of Union Councils
Website
Rawalkot Azad Kashmir

Rawalakot (Urdu: راولا کوٹ) is a city in Azad Kashmir, and is the capital of Poonch District. It is in a saucer-shaped valley at elevation 1615 metres (5300ft). It is 76 kilometres (47 miles) from Kohala, and is also linked with Rawalpindi and Islamabad via the neighbouring districts of Azad Pattan and Dhalkot,and with Muzaffarabad via Kohala and Sudhangali by asphalt roads. The main tribe of Rawalakot are the Sudhan tribe The Disputed Territory : Shown in green is Kashmiri region under Pakistani control. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... Currently, Pakistan is subdivided into four provinces, two territories, and also portions of Kashmir that are administered by the Pakistani government. ... This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A telephone number is a sequence of decimal digits (0-9) that is used for identifying a destination telephone line in a telephone network. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Pakistan Standard Time (PST) is the time zone for Pakistan. ... UTC +5 is the timezone for : Pakistan Standard Time in Pakistan. ... A street in Ynysybwl, Wales, relatively stereotypical of a small town A town is usually an urban area which is not considered to rank as a city. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Union Council Union Council is a sub part of a district, usually it is a large village also including the nearby small villages. ... Urdu ( , , trans. ... This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ... For Poonch district administered by India, see Poonch District (J&K). ... Kohala is the name of a district on the northwest portion of the island of Hawaii in the state of Hawaii. ... Rawalpindi (Urdu: راولپنڈی) is a city in the Potwar Plateau near Pakistans capital city of Islamabad, in the province of Punjab. ... Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد) is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Muzaffarabad (Urdu: مظفرآباد, is the capital of the State of Azad Kashmir, located in the north of the state, which is the Pakistani-controlled part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. ... Sudhan tribe members are found in Poonch District of Kashmir, Dera Ghazi Khan and Peshawar in the North West Frontier Province, Quetta in the Baluchistan Province, Sialkot, Lahore and Rawalpindi in the Punjab and in Karachi in Sindh Province of Pakistan. ...

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Location

Surrounding villages include Motialmara, Trar Dewan,Chare, Chuck, Tranni, Dahmni, Pothi Bala/Makwalan, Kharek, Dreak, Banjosa, Hussainkot, Hurnamaira, Bhalgran, Rehara, Tain, and Pachiot. Bagh District lies to the north and Sudhnuti District lies to the south of Rawalakot. The road passing through (Jalooth)Paniola connects Rawalakot to Bagh And Muzaffarabad. While towards the West are Murree, Islamabad and Rawalpindi regions of Pakistan. Motialmara is a village in Azad Kashmir, approximately 1. ... Trar Dewan is a town in Pakistani Kashmir,Its 78 kilomitres from Islamabad & 1. ... ChucK is a concurrent, strongly-timed audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, and performance, which runs on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. ... Officeial Residence of Hurnamaira The most celebrated village of Sudhan Tribal belt of Azad Kashmir is the village of Hurnamaira. ... // [edit] Location Bhalgran is a village in Rawalakot District in Azad Kashmir, It is located at an hours drive from the capital of Poonch district, the city of Rawalakot. ... Rehara Rehara is a village in Poonch District of Azad Kashmir. ... Tain (Ordnance Survey grid reference NH779821) is a royal burgh in the county of Ross and Cromarty, in the Highland area of Scotland. ... Pachiot is a in Azad Kashmir, it is a large union council and administers the following villages: Datote, Jovarabad, Paniola, Bagiana, Chiroti, Barain, Numbl, Sumlary, Baglay, Sangal Khater. ... Bagh District is a district in Pakistan that was carved out of Poonch District in 1988. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد) is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Rawalpindi (Urdu: راولپنڈی) is a city in the Potwar Plateau near Pakistans capital city of Islamabad, in the province of Punjab. ...

Rawalakot map
Rawalakot map
A political map of Kashmir showing the different districts.
A political map of Kashmir showing the different districts.

Rawalakot has an airport which has not functioned since 2000 due to lack of demand for air travel by the local population and the indifference of the Government of Pakistan. This Airport is situated near Chuck Bazar approximatively 1 kilometre from Chare and approximately 3 KM from Rawalakot Main City[citation needed] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3296x2049, 559 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3296x2049, 559 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Construction of Guoien Nalla road between Rawalakot and Azad Pattan has considerably reduced the distance travel time.


Communications

  • Two privately owned Cable Television systems are available in Rawalakot, which transmits Pakistani and international television programs.
  • A local FM radio station has been established and broadcasts at FM 105.8.[1]
  • Cell phone service is available through five private cell phone operators Paktel,Mobilink, Ufone, Warid, Telenor, SCOM. PTCL Wireless also available.
  • This place is full of some beautiful people,but some black sheeps who are full of descriminative minds are also there.
  • Construction of Guoien Nalla road between Rawalakot and Azad pattan has considerably reduced the distance travel time.

Paktel is a mobile telecommunication company in Pakistan. ... Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited, better known as Mobilink GSM, is a telecommunication service provider in Pakistan. ... Ufone GSM is a Pakistani GSM cellular service provider, Its one of six GSM Mobile companies in Pakistan, and is a subsidiary of Pakistan Telecommunication Company. ... Warid Telecom is an Abu Dhabi based mobile telecommunication firm backed by The Abu Dhabi group, currently providing GSM cellular services in Pakistan and Bangladesh with headquarters located at Lahore Pakistan. ... Telenor (OSE: TEL, NASDAQ: TELN) is the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway, with headquarters located at Fornebu, close to Oslo. ... System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), formerly Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), is a performance and event monitoring product from Microsoft targeting Windows systems. ... The Pakistan Army (Urdu: پاک فوج) is the largest branch of the Pakistan military, and is mainly responsible for protection of the state borders, the security of administered territories and defending the national interests of Pakistan within the framework of its international obligations. ...

Eminent Writers, Poets, Journalists

Ershad Mahmud Based in Islamabad is a researcher, political analyst and writer.He has been recognised as an independent authority on Kashmir affairs on national and international media. He has participated in various international seminars, conferences, talk shows and debates. Mahmood specializes on dynamics of Kashmir and India-Pakistan affairs. He has written numerous books on Kashmir and participated in many conferences on Kashmir. His research papers were published by think tanks in Delhi, Jammu and Washington. He regularly writes for The News Islamabad and Kashmir Times, Jammu.[citation needed]


Khawaja Zafar Iqbal born in a remote village of district Rawalakot in Pakistan Administered Kashmir Azad Kashmir and educated from the University of Punjab with a Masters in Arts in Mass Communication and started his career as a journalist. He has received numerous awards and prizes for highlighting children and youth issues. He has specialized in social issues. Khawaja Zafar Iqbal(distinguished journalist,peace activist and researcher), was born in a remote village of district Rawalakot in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (commonly known as Azad Kashmir). ... This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ...


He has also volunteered for different prestigious international and regional humanitarian organizations such as ICRC and Oxfam International. He took the issue of civilian prisoners of Azad Kashmir in Indian jails by high lighting their miseries and plight of their families. Further, his organization,Press for Peace(PFP) has struggled for the abolition of journalistic forced labour and implementation of wage board award in Pakistan controlled Kashmir. Rawalakot Air Port located at Chak Bazar 5km from Rawalakot city. The airport was closed due to lack of demand. [1] dawn dawn dawn The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is historically a committee of Swiss nationals, although non-Swiss nationals have recently been allowed (the committee appoints new members to itself to replace those who resign or die) which leads the international Red Cross movement (often simply known after its symbol... Oxfam International, founded in 1995, is a confederation of 12 independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisations who work with local partners in over 100 countries worldwide to reduce poverty, suffering, and injustice. ... Press for Peace (PFP) is a Kashmir based NGO and think tank, founded by Khawaja Zafar Iqbal, eminent journalist and peace activist, in 1999. ...


Rawalakot-Poonch Trade Route

Before the partition of the subcontinent, the Poonch-Rawalakot trade route was the only road link between Poonch and Sudhanoti, now called Rawalakot, the Line of Control (LoC) is 15 kilometres from Hajira and 43 kilometres from Rawalakot. District Poonch,popularly known as mini Kashmir, is the smallest in area and the remotest district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. ...


After the Treaty of Amritsar in 1846, a part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir comprising Bagh, Sudhanoti (Rawalakot), Mendhar and Haveli were declared as the State of Poonch and transferred to Raja Moti Singh as his Jagir (landed estate). The ethnic diversity of this region offers a unique blend of different tribes and clans.[3] The Treaty of Amritsar of 1846 settled a dispute over territory in Kashmir, with Britain ceding some land to Maharaja Ranbir Singh. ... District Poonch,popularly known as mini Kashmir, is the smallest in area and the remotest district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. ... A Jagir is a small territory granted by a ruler to an army chieftain (called a sardar in Marathi language) in recognition of his military service. ...


Tehsil Mendhar in the State of Poonch was the most fertile area in this region. Trade and agricultural links between people of Rawalakot and Poonch were common. Apart from agriculture, sheep and goat farming was the major source of income for the people of Poonch region. The Poonch-Rawalakot trade route played an important role in the economy of this area. It was one of the few trade routes in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir which remained open throughout the year. Traders and businessmen freely traded fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, wool, tobacco, cereals, rice, spices and many other items. Barter trade system was followed by most of the traders and businessmen.


Although major chunk of the people’s income went to the State rulers through taxes, including Abiana and Maalia, duties, fines, and forced labour, there was economic activity and the region was considered rich in resources. Much has been conceived and propagated about ethnic and religious divide between the rulers and the ruled in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. But an impartial and unbiased study of the Dogra rule would expose that socio-economic conditions of the population played an important role in the emergence of a conflict between the rulers and the masses.


It is on the record that rulers of the state imposed taxes on most of the belongings which one could own in his household e.g. cattle, utensils, hearths, windows, crops, agricultural tools and even wives. There was no other choice for the people to protect their belongings than to defy the authoritarian rule. The most crushed and trodden among the masses turned into the most violent dissidents and liberated their lands and belongings. Bagh, Rawalakot and parts of Haveli were liberated and the area liberated was named as Azad (free) Kashmir. Poonch town, the capital of this tiny state stood isolated and besieged till November, 1948 when Indian forces recaptured this town. As the region was divided, a large number of families got divided on both sides of the Cease Fire Line (later named as LoC) having no contact with each other. This is the most tragic element of the existence of Line of Control. After the emergence of LoC not only the families were divided but their businesses also ruined. Agricultural and grazing lands were bifurcated. Guns replaced the crops and cattle. District Poonch,popularly known as mini Kashmir, is the smallest in area and the remotest district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. ...


Rawalakot Bar Association

The Rawalakot Bar Association invited the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry to address the Bar Association on June 30, 2007. The invitation was to show support of the local lawyers and civil society for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan and an end to the Army Dictatorship. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (Urdu: ) (born 12 December 1948) became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2005. ...


Rawalakot Air Port

Since the raid by Pakistan Army on the Red Mosque, Pakistan Army has deployed new army contingents in Rawalakot. The Rawalakot CMH and the telephone exchange are under extreme security to avoid the acts of terrorism by religious extremists. The Pakistan Army (Urdu: پاک فوج) is the largest branch of the Pakistan military, and is mainly responsible for protection of the state borders, the security of administered territories and defending the national interests of Pakistan within the framework of its international obligations. ... Lal Masjid (Urdu: لال مسجد, literally Red Mosque) is a radical mosque following the Salafist version of Islam located in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. ...


Publications and Literary Activities

2005 Earthquake Damage Rawalakot
2005 Earthquake Damage Rawalakot

Local periodical by the name of Dharti(edited by Abid Siddique) is published monthly. Many authors as well as poets have been produced in the valley of Rawalakot. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1656x1242, 539 KB)[edit] Summary 2005 Earthquake damage, Rawalakot Michelle Ahmad [edit] Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1656x1242, 539 KB)[edit] Summary 2005 Earthquake damage, Rawalakot Michelle Ahmad [edit] Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version...


Daily news papers from Pakistan are available in English as well as Urdu. Most read newspaper is the Urdu daily Jang and the most listened to Radio Statio is BBC Londonand Vice of Kashmir FM 105 Rawalakot[citation needed]. Urdu ( , , trans. ... Urdu ( , , trans. ... The daily Jang () is the largest Urdu language newspaper of the world, simultaneously publishing from Pakistans main cities: Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Multan; while it is being published from London (UK) as well and is circulated throughout Europe. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Rawalakot Bazaar
Rawalakot Bazaar

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1656x1242, 581 KB) Summary Michelle Ahmad Downtown Rawalakot Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1656x1242, 581 KB) Summary Michelle Ahmad Downtown Rawalakot Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ...

Hotels and Rest Houses

Small hotels with living accommodations are available in and around the city. Government owned cabins are available in Rawalakot and Banjosa. Advance reservations are recommended as most of these accommodations are used by Government Officials on their tours.

Deira House
Deira House
Banjosa Rest House and Lake.
Banjosa Rest House and Lake.

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x1024, 128 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x1024, 128 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2394 KB) Banjosa Lake Resort and Spa. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2394 KB) Banjosa Lake Resort and Spa. ...

Climate

Average temperature during the summer varies from 60 degrees F to 75 degrees F. During the winter snow falls start during the month of December and last through January. Rainy season starts from April through June. [4]


Culture

Rawalakot has no theatres, however the university does have some sorts of cultural events.


Shopping

Rawalakot has a down town which consists of shops selling everything from groceries to electronic goods.


Non governmental organizations(NGOs)

There are very few active non governmental organizations working in Rawalakot. Press for Peace(PFP) is a very active local NGO. PFP was established by Khawaja Zafar Iqbal, a famous journalist and peace activist from Trar village of Rawalakot. However,PFP headquarters is based in Muzaffarabad, while it has extended its network across Kashmir and abroad. Press for Peace (PFP) is a Kashmir based NGO and think tank, founded by Khawaja Zafar Iqbal, eminent journalist and peace activist, in 1999. ... Khawaja Zafar Iqbal(distinguished journalist,peace activist and researcher), was born in a remote village of district Rawalakot in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (commonly known as Azad Kashmir). ...

Tourist at Banjosa Rest House.
Tourist at Banjosa Rest House.

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Education and science

Rawalakot has the Agriculture University of Azad Kashmir, a Government College for men and for women, numerous high schools and a number of private schools. Approximately 94% of the population is University Graduates. More than half of this percentage is consist of women. This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ...


During the earthquake of October 8,2005, boys and girls degree colleges were badly damaged, but these have not yet been rebuilt. Education Statistic


Population

Rawalakot has an estimated population of 50,000. Over 60% of the population belongs to the Sudhan tribe. The remaining 40% is of the population includes Rajput Bhattis Gujars, Jats, Maliks, Rathor Rajpoots, Awans, Magray and Ashraf or Sayeds,Quraishi. Sudhan tribe members are found in Poonch District of Kashmir, Dera Ghazi Khan and Peshawar in the North West Frontier Province, Quetta in the Baluchistan Province, Sialkot, Lahore and Rawalpindi in the Punjab and in Karachi in Sindh Province of Pakistan. ... Rajput is a Hindu Kshatriya caste which decendend from India . ... Bhatti (Hindi: भाटी, Urdu: بھٹی) is a Rajput clan and is one of the largest tribes among Rajputs. ... Jats are now preeminently a farming community. ... Awans is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. ... Ashraf is an Arabic name meaning most honorable one. ... Quraishi (also rendered as Qoraishi, Koraishi or Kureishi), is a family family name claiming ancestory from Quraish (Arabic: ) tribe that Prophet Muhammad belonged to. ...


Famous Personalities from Rawalakot

  • Sardar Ibrahim Khan, first president of Azad Kashmir.
  • Major General (Retired) Muhammad Hayyat Khan, former president of Azad Kashmir.
  • General (Retd) Muhammad Rahim Khan, former Chief of Pakistan Army in East Pakistan, former Chairman Pakistan International Airlines, former Chairman Pakistan Chrome Mines Ltd and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense.
  • Justice Sardar Muhammed Nawaz Khan, Current Chief Justice of High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Shaikh Ghulam Ahmad, author, educator and philanthropist.
  • M. Rasheed Khan, former chairman, Pakistan Banking Council. Financial consultant.
  • Khawaja zafar iqbal,renown journalist,peace activist,founder of Press for Peace(PFP),currently residing in UK where he is associated with research about Media and Globalisation.
  • Sardar Ejaz Afzal Khan, Ameer Jamat-Islami Azad Kashmir.
  • Sardar Rahim Khan from Nar Rawalakot ( chairman Mangla Development Authority )

Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan Sardar M. Ibrahim Khan was the Founder - President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. ... This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article details only the area administered by Pakistan. ... Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, more commonly known as Pakistan International Airlines or PIA (Urdu: پی آئی اے يا پاکستان انٹرنیشنل ایرلاینز), is the flag carrier airline of Pakistan, based in Karachi. ... Pakistan Chrome Mines Ltd. ... Shaikh (Arabic: شيخ ),(also rendered as Sheik, Shaykh or Sheikh) is a word in the Arabic language meaning elder of tribe, lord or a revered old man. ... Ghulam Ahmad and Jamila Begum Hawker Hurricane Final resting place Final resting place Shaikh Ghulam Ahmad (23 May, 1923-20 September, 2003) formed Resources Company Ltd. ... Khawaja Zafar Iqbal(distinguished journalist,peace activist and researcher), was born in a remote village of district Rawalakot in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (commonly known as Azad Kashmir). ... Press for Peace (PFP) is a Kashmir based NGO and think tank, founded by Khawaja Zafar Iqbal, eminent journalist and peace activist, in 1999. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.pemra.gov.pk/pdf/list_of_fm_radio_station_licences_issued_by_pemra.pdf
  2. ^ Special Communications Organization
  3. ^ [ http://www.ajk.gov.pk/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2352&Itemid=138 Azad Jammu & Kashmir - About Poonch]
  4. ^ http://www.met.gov.pk
  • [http://www.rawalakot.bravehost.com

Virtual Tour of Rawalakot

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External links

  • Beauty full wallpapers
  • NGO working in ALI SONGAL RAWALAKOT
  • Rawalakot Azad Kashmmir
  • Official Web Site of Azad Kashmir
  • Rawalakot Photo Album
  • Invasion of Kashmir
  • pilot project of Kashmir Education Foundation
  • naeemOnline
  • PakWheels.com

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The warning was issued at a large gathering in Khaigala village, some 10 kilometres west of the district headquarters Rawalakot.
According to sources, ASI Razzaq Qureshi and Constable Sadiq of Rawalakot city police station detained Nasir Majid, a student of 6th grade, on the night of April 13 in connection with a theft in his village.
Since no action was taken, some 200 villagers protested on Tuesday and again on Thursday with the determination to block the main road passing through the village and disrupt the premier’s visit to district Poonch, due to begin in the second week of May.
Rawalakot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (442 words)
Rawalakot (Urdu: راولا کوٹ) is a city in Azad Kashmir, an area of Kashmir currently occupied by Pakistan near the border of India.
Rawalakot is the capital of the Poonch District of Azad Kashmir.
Rawalakot has an airport which has not functioned since 2000 due to lack of demand for airtravel by the local population and the indifference of the Government of Pakistan.
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