Khanewal is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan and it is the capital of Khanewal District. It is the host city to the second largest railway station in Pakistan.
It is named after the earliest settlers here who belonged to the clan ‘Daha’ (jatt clan) and used ‘khan’ in their names. That is how the city came to be known as ‘khan-e-wal’.
Khanewal is located at Latitude of 30°18’0N and Longitude of 71°55’0E with an altitude of 128 metres.
Historically Khanewal is an old city having its earliest foundations laid by the British Empire owing to its importance as a railway junction. The city was a junction of the Wazirabad-Khanewal railway line and provided a connection to the city of Karachi via Lahore. Its straight roads show that it is a well planned town by the British people. The earliest settlers are said to be the Dahas who have the ‘Khan’ in their names and the city was named after them as Khan-e-wal. Following a great public move led by the then famous lawyer Malik Mohammad Aslam Metla Khanewal was declared district in 1985.
Jamia Masjid Khanewal
Khanewal is famous for its cotton growing industry.
The main caste inhabited in Khanewal are Sahu, Rajputs(Rana) Awan,Sheik,Jatt, Pathan, Bucha,Sial, Kamboh, Arayin, Niazi, Mahar, Bati, Baloch, Khokhars.
In Khanewal city the different languages are spoken i.e. Urdu, Siraiki and Pushto as well.
Khanewal is an agricultural city and is located in Pakistan’s ‘Cotton belt’ – an area covering Khanewal, Multan and Bahawalnagar. The people of Khanewal are mostly engaged in agricultural activities which are the main source of income for the people of the district.
Over the last forty to fifty years industry has also been established in and around the city. Sir William Roberts established cotton trading and ginning installations in the area known as Brooke Bond which is now called Unilever, a company that specialises in making tea. There are over 900 workers employed by Unilever. Other industries in Khanewal include chemical production and oil extraction.
The literacy rate this city is also good as there are several educational institutions here. Educational Institutes in Khanewal include Superior Science School & College(16 block kwl) Hawk school & college Punjab College Khanewal from the Punjab Group of Colleges. Science Higher Secondary School, Govt. Model High School Khanewal etc
Khanewal Railway Station