Mianwali is the capital city of Mianwali District, Pakistan.


It is in the northwest of Punjab province on the eastern bank of the Indus River. Thal Canal traverses the city and makes the surroundings picturesque.


In the 1998 census of Pakistan, the city had a population of 85,000.


                                                                                                                                           Mianwali, Punjab

PAF Colony Gate Mianwali

                                                                                                                       PAF Colony Gate Mianwali


The two dominant tribes of Mianwali are Niazis and Awans. Many Awans also write Malik as their last name. Awans usually associate themselves with Potohari Punjabi identity while Niazis associate themselves with Seraiki identity of South Punjab regions.


                                                                                                                         Mianwali: Nammal Dam & Lake


The People of Mianwali district speak Punjabi as major language and there are also some other languages spoken in this district. Punjabi is spoken by 72.4% people, Saraiki dialect is spolen by 12% people, Pashto is spoken by 10% people and 6% people speak other languages.


In November 1901, present day tehsils of Mianwali, Isa Khel and Piplan were separated from Bannu District and districts Bhakkar and Layyah from Dera Ismail Khan District and clubbed together to form a new district named Mianwali with its headquarters in Mianwali city. The municipal committee was founded in December 1903 and has remained operational since then.

University of Sargodha Mianwali Sub Campus

                                                                                                                 University of Sargodha Mianwali Sub Campus


The city has an airport built near the old World War II aerodrome and known as PAF Base Mianwali. It is one of the major operational and training air bases of the country. The No. 1 Fighter Conversion Unit of the PAF is stationed here.

There is a railway connecting the city with Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

The main highways connecting to the other parts of the country include the Sargodha–Lahore road [N–60], MM Road (Mianwali–Muzaffargarh road), Talagang–Rawalpindi road, and the Kalabagh–Bannu road [N–60].


                                                                                    Lake in Namal Valley, Mianwali

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