Mastung District

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Mastung District
ضلع مستونگ
District
Map of Balochistan with Mastung District highlighted
Map of Balochistan with Mastung District highlighted
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Established 1991
Headquarters Mastung
Area[1]
 • Total 5,896 km2 (2,276 sq mi)
Population [2]
 • Estimate (1998) 165,000
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Mastung District (Urdu: ضلع مستونگ‎) is a district located in the northwest of Balochistan province, Pakistan. Prior to its creation as a separate district in 1991, Mastung was part of Kalat District.[1]

Administration

The district consists of three tehsils:[3]

Prior to 2006, within these there were 12 union councils: Khadkocha, Ghulam Parenz, Karez Noth, Mastung-1, Mastung-2, Sorgaz, Dasht, Isplinji, Kanak, Shaikh Wasil, Kardigap and Soro. In 2006, one additional union council formed with the name of Alizai, bringing the total union councils to 13.

Demography and languages

In 2005 the population of Mastung district was estimated to be over 180,349. The major religion is Islam, which accounts for 99% of the total population.[4] Although the 1998 census report suggests that the main language is Brahui,[5] according to its actual figures Balochi predominates, being the first language of 80% of the population.[6] There is also a sizeable minority of Pashto speakers (6%).[6]

The major tribes of the district are the Bangulzai, Raisani, Shahwani, Muhammad Shahi, Sarpara, Kurd, Lango and Dehwar.[5] The other tribes in the area are Syeds, Rodeni, Alizai, Mengal, Satakzai, Mashwani, Sumalani, Sarangzai, Lehri, Barozai, Tareen, Rind, Khilji, Khurasani and Durrani.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b PCO 2000, p. 1.
  2. ^ PCO 2000, p. 13.
  3. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Mastung - Government of Pakistan
  4. ^ PCO 2000, p. 16.
  5. ^ a b PCO 2000, p. 7.
  6. ^ a b PCO 2000, p. 18.

Bibliography

  • 1998 District census report of Mastung. Census publication. 99. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. 

External links

  • Mastung District at www.balochistan.gov.pk
  • Pashtuns were once principal inhabitants of Mastung

Coordinates: 29°45′N 67°00′E / 29.750°N 67.000°E / 29.750; 67.000

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