Battagram District

Battagram District

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Battagram (Urdu: ضلع بٹگرام , Pashto: ضلع بټګرام) is a district of Hazara in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It has a total land area of 1301 square kilometres and the estimated population of Battagram District in 2004-2005 was 361,000. The main language of the district is Pashto.

Etymology

Battagram in Sanskrit means Village of the Brahmins. Many other small villages in district Battagram are also named after Sanskrit words or their old Hindu residents e.g. Chohan, Ajmera, Rashmera, Chapargram Banian etc.

Administration

Battagram obtained the status of district in July 1993 when it was upgraded from a Tehsil and separated from Mansehra District. Before Battagram obtained the status of district, it was a Tehsil of the Mansehra District. It has geographical borders with Kohistan District, the Tribal Area of Kala Dhaka (Black Mountain of Hazara), Shangla District and Malakand Division. The district consists of two sub-divisions or Tehsils, containing 20 in total. Union Councils:



The district is represented in the provincial assembly by two MPAs from its constituencies PF-59 (Battagram-1) and PF-60 (Battagram-2).

Earthquake 2005

Battagram was one of the areas affected by the Pakistan Earthquake of October 8, 2005 when more than 4,500 people were killed and approximately 35,000 were injured. Many residents of the area were rendered homeless and without shelter. Since October 8, 2005, the NGOs and...
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