Faisalabad, the ClocktowerCity

Faisalabad is the city of Pakistan’s greatest musician 'Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan'. It was once called the biggest village of Asia because of its rural culture, but day by day it is becoming more urbanized. It is now the third largest city of Pakistan after Karachi and Lahore.


- Location
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- The Clocktower
- Population
- Education
- Industry
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= Location =

It is situated in the North Eastern Part of Pakistan in the province of Punjab 120 km west of Lahore. It is situated 360 km south of the capital Islamabad. The district lies from 30-35 to 31-47 north Latitudes and 72-73 to 73-40 east longitudes and covers an area of 5,856 Square kilometers.
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= History =

The city of Faisalabad is not more than a century old. Just hundred years back this region was the center of keeping livestock. This city was irrigated in 1892 when Jhang & Gogera branches were supplied water. The foundation of first ever-residential area was laid in 1895. Its main purpose was the construction of a market. During those days, the area across the river Chenab was called Sandal Bar. Before the establishment of Lyallpur City the ancient residential area was called Pakka Marri now known as Pakki Marri. It became headquarters of the Lower Chenab Colony and in 1898 was incorporated as a municipality.
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= The Clocktower =

The foundation of Lyallpur was laid in 1896. Its famous clock tower was built on a well. The decision of its construction was taken by the then Jhang deputy commissioner, Capt Beke. Sir James Lyall laid its foundation stone on Nov 14, 1903.
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= Population =

Faisalabad is now the third largest city of Pakistan regarding its population. Being an industrial city, the population of Faisalabad is increasing very much. People are rapidly moving to urban area for good. Presently the area of Faisalabad is 207 square kilometers and the population of city is 1,986,000. According to census held in 1998, out of this population 46% of population are aged under 15, 52% are aged between 15 and 64 and only 2% are aged above 65. Population per square kilometers in Faisalabad is 9594.
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= Education =

Faisalabad has the distinction of being a seat of world famous Agricultural University and equally renowned Agricultural Ayub Research Institute. University of Agriculture was founded in 1909 as Punjab Agricultural College.
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= Industry =

Today, Faisalabad is the biggest industrial city of Pakistan. Due to its industrial network and emphasis on textile products, it is also known as the Manchester of Pakistan. It is the hub of textile production in Pakistan. When Pakistan came into being there were two dozen factories in Faisalabad, which increased to 43 by 1948. Now the industrial units are more than one thousand. It is the biggest textile center of Pakistan.
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