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Hattian Bala

Hattian Bala

The tenth district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan is known as Hattian Bala. The head quarter of its district is it situated in the city of Hattian Bala. Chikakr, Hattian Bala and Leepa are the three Tehsil that are in this region. In 1948, it was the division of district of Baramula, Tehsil Uri before the establishment of Azad Kashmir. Till 2009, after the negotiating period in the first war that was between India and Pakistan, Hattian Bala happens to be the part of the district of Muzaffarabad. In July 2009, it was announced as a district during the federation government of Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and this recently recognized district is the entry to Srinagar with a population of about 0.3 million.

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The rural urban ratio in the area is about 90:10. For the survival greater part of the population depends on forestry, domestic animals and cultivation. Moreover people here do work or are established in abroad in the USA, UK and Middle East and support their family unit at the back and even contribute in the progress of the region. The most part of the Hattian bala is hilly and mountainous which bet bigger through plains beside the riverside, the river Jhelum that penetrates from the Chakothi LOC point and surpasses throughout the Jhelum valley flowing east to northwest.

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Hattian Bala has vast potential to produce hydroelectricity due to its fast flowing winding streams. Kathi, Sharian and Leepa are the hydro power stations of Hattian Bala. This district is surrounded by spectacular sceneries. In addition to that it also the land of numerous well-known saints and Sufi-e-Karams such as the famous Hafiz Jamal-ud-din of  Bani Hafiz Sharif, Hafiz Abdul Qadus (Molvi Baji) of Bani Hafiz,  Hafiz Mian Muhammad Younis, Peer Sikndar Shah Sahib of Hattian Shareef, Sain Mitha Bajee of Tareda and Mian Muhammad Jee.

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The population of this region is mostly Muslims with a mainstream of Sunni Muslims that are about 96% and Shia is about 4%. Some Afghan refugees are also settled in some parts of urban area of the district. Rajput, Syeds, Awans, Abbasis, Gujjars and Mughals are the main tribes of this area. The languages that are mostly spoken in this area are Gojri, Pahari, Urdu and Kashmiri. There are about 12 union councils of the district council of Hattian Bala. One municipal committee is at Hattian and town committee is at Chikar. The administrative council of the area is Sahibazada Zulfiqar Alam who founded the basic infrastructure for the local councils.

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