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Sialkot

Sialkot - Old City View
Old City View

Quick Facts

Population
(1998)
About 0.5 Million
Area
2,067 sq. miles


Introduction and History

Sialkot is a city situated in Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located near Indo-Pak border, about 125 k.m. from Lahore, the capital of Punjab. The city is famous for being the birthplace of Allama Iqbal.

This city is centries old. According to tradition, it was constructed by Raja Sul. After his death some 5000 years ago, there is a tradition that the dynasity continued for some 1500 years and then the country was flooded and remained one vast uninhabited region for about 1000 years.

The popular belief is that it was re-founded in the reign of Vikramaditya of Ujjain by Raja Sáliváhan or Sálbán, who built the fort and city and gave the place its present name. It is believed that the name of the city means "Fort of the Sia", the Sia being a particular caste which founded the city in ancient times.

Area and Population

The district area, 2,067 sq mi [5,354 sq km], stretches from the Ravi valley on the southeast to the Chenab River on the northwest. The population of the main city area is about 500,000 (0.5 Million) (est. 2001).

Places of Attraction

Iqbal Manzal

It is the birth place of Pakistan's National Poet, Allama Mohammad Iqbal. It is located in Kashmiri Mohala. In 1861 Iqbal's grandfather Shaikh Rafiq buy this house and they shifted there from Mohala Khatikan. Due to its resemble by Iqbal Government of Pakistan buy this historical building and prepare it as museum, Now it has been opened for visitors.

Tomb of Imam Sahib

Imam Shaib had been past a very famous Sufi (pious man) in Sialkot. He had great love for Islam. He had very kind heart for the poor peoples. He is one of the most famous saint of the sialkot. His services for humanity will always keep him alive to all peoples. He is the main inspiration for next generations too.

Jinnah Cricket Stadium

Being the talented people's city, Sialkot also has a best Cricket stadium where has been held many International matches. It is also known as Jinnah Park.

Sialkot - Jinnah Stadium
Jinnah Stadium (Jinnah Park)

Industry

Famous for
Sporting Goods,
Surgical Instruments,
Leather Goods and
Embroidered Garments

Agriculture

The northern portion is very fertile; the southern, less fertile, is irrigated by the Upper Chenab Canal. About nine-tenths of the cultivable area is under crops.

The chief crops are wheat, barley, rice, corn (maize), millet, and sugarcane.

Industry

Sialkot is an important industrial city of Pakistan. It was once famous as a centre for the manufacture of damascened ware and paper; its modern industries include flour and cotton mills and the production of Surgical Instruments, Leather goods, Embroidery, Ready-made garments, Musical Instruments and Sporting goods. Almost every product is exported to the world. Most of the things produced are exported all over the world.

There is a dry port that is run under a trust. This dry port was made by industrialists of the city and Punjab Government helped them. An international airport is also under construction in the city which is again funded by business community of the city.

Several offices deal with business matters. Most important is the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is located at Paris Road, now called Shara-E-Aiwan-E-Tijarat (Chamber of Commerce Road).

 

 

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