Abbottabad District

Abbottabad District

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Abbottabad District

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Abbottabad () is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan that has now become infamous for the shooting in an helicopter borne attack by American marines and subsequent killing of the worlds most media savvy and richest terrorist Osama Bin Laden. It was suggested that Osama Bin Laden was being protected in Abottabad right under the nose of the Pakistan military academy by the Pakistani military and the ISI. The district covers an area of 1,969 km with the city of Abbottabad being the principal town. Neighbouring districts are Mansehra to the north, Muzaffarabad to the east, Haripur to the west, and Rawalpindi to the south.


Origin of name

The district is named after Major James Abbott, the first deputy commissioner of Hazara (1849–1853).


During British rule Abbottabad became the capital of Hazara division, which was named after and contained the Hazara valley, a small valley in the outermost Himalayas, between the Indus in the west and Kashmir in the east.Hazara – Nordisk familjebok

The current Abbottabad District was originally a tehsil of Hazara, the Imperial Gazetteer of India described it as follows:

As Hazara District covered a large area, the provincial government...
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