Kalabagh is a town and union council of Mianwali District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is part of Isakhel Tehsil.
The naming clearly is of Turkic and Persian origin. ‘Kala’ is a typical Pashtu word meaning ‘village’ or ‘dhok’, and ‘Bagh’ means ‘garden’. Hence ‘Kalabagh’ simple means ‘Garden Village’ in local language.
It is located on the western bank of Indus River.
River Indus at Kalabagh
It is the site of the proposed Kalabagh Dam. It is also famous for its red hills of the salt range and scenic view of the Indus River traversing through the hills. It also produces handicrafts especially footwear and Makhadi Halwa.
Local dialects are Saraiki, Hindko, Jandali and Awankari dialects of Punjabi Language.
When Islam was introduced here it was captured by Kambho, Lodhi Afghans, Khemat, Gahroo, so on and so forth.
Historically Kalabagh remained a famous Awan stronghold in the district and Malik Atta Muhammad Khan (father of Malik Amir Muhammad Khan) was declared “Khan Bahadur” during the colonial period.
After the independence of Pakistan the seventh Nawab of Kalabagh, Malik Amir Muhammad Khan became governor of (then) West Pakistan.
Majority of residents of Kala Bagh are Bangi Khel Khattak, Niazi or Awan. A few kilometres to the north there is another village Kara-bogha which got this name after famous leader Sardar Karbogha Khan leader of Saghri Khattak shifted here with his tribe from Shawal valley.
House of Nawab Of Kalabagh