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History of Faisalabad

The city was founded by the British Governor General To Punjab Sir James Loyal for whom it was originally named Lyallpur. Prior to the British making the area into an urban center, it largely consisted of various villages. However, the construction of various canals allowed the area to be irrigated. After the founding of the city, people were invited to the city with promises of land if they were to work it. This allowed the city to grow rapidly. In 1977 city was renamed Faisalabad in honor of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who had been assassinated. 

The city of Lyallpur , multicolored jewel of the lower Chenab organization area, came into being in 1880. The city which is now well known as "Manchester of Pakistan" for its industrial activity, was nothing but a desolate tract of land 100 years age. It did not rain here for weeks together and when it rained, the water vanished in the city land in no time. There was no village nearby.

In 1895, the rail link between Wazirabad and Layallpur was effected. The building of Railway Station wanted time, therefore, a Goods train wagon served as Lyallpur Railway Station. As the progress ol colonization stepped up the Lyallpur was given the status of Tehsil of District Jhang and its administration carried on the tents on the old Theh of Pucca Mari near Tariqabad.The Majestic Clock Tower of Lyallpur was constructed out of the funds raised by the Zamindars who collected it at a rate of Rs. 18 per square of land. The fund thus raised was handed over to the Municipal Committee which got it completed.

In 1902, the population of the town had exceeded 4,000. A considerable number of houses and shops to cater to the ordinary needs of the population had constructed.

In 1903, decision to have an agricultural college was made. In the very next year, 1904, the new district of Lyallpur was constituted comparing of Tehsils of Lyallpur, Samundri and Toba-Tek-Singh with a subtehsil at Jaranwala which later turned into a full fledged Tehsil.

In 1906, the District Headquarters began to function at Lyallpur and all the bazars and mohallas within the bounds of circular road were nearing completion and city began to spread outside the circular road. The Town Committee which has come into being in 1904, was upgraded as Municipal Committee in 1909 and Deputy Commissioner was declared to be the lst Chairman.In 1916, the grain market saw its shops surging with customers. In the same year the civil Hospital was expanded. With the advent of the world war II, the political awakening sprinkled its influence over the city. Revolutionary meetings were held. Fiery speeches were made. slogans were written on the walls.

In 1943, the late Quaid-e-Azam came to Lyallpur and addressed a gathering of over 2 lakh in Dhobi Ghat Grounds. And, on March 3, 1947, when Pakistan was accepted as an independent unit, the Muslims of Lyallpur held special prayers and distributed sweets and food among the poor.

After Independence

After the independence, the city of Lyallpur marched rapidly on the path of progress. The city which had so far been known for its grain market, became a great commercial and industrial centre. The population of the city which is in 1901 hardly touched the figure of a few thousands soared up to lacks. Medical and educational level was lifted up. In 1977, the name of the city was changed to Faisalabad, after the name of the late king of Saudi Arabia, Shah Faisal-bin-Abdul Aziz. In 1985, the city was upgraded as a division with the districts of Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba-Tek Singh.

LOCATION Faisalabad is called Manchester of Pakistan. It is having a lot of Textile and other mills. It is famous for its eight bazaars. Faisalabad is an industrial city of Pakistan, Situated 225-miles (360 kilometers) south of the capital Islamabad. The district lies from 30-35 to 31-47 north Latitudes and 72-73 to 73-40 east longitudes. Gujranwala And Sheikhupura districts bound it in the north. In the East by Sheikhupura and sahiwal districts. In the south By Sahiwal and Toba tek singh districts and jhang. District is to its west. The city covers an area of 5,856 Square kilometers. The city is linked to m-2 motorway (Islamabad-Lahore motorway) with m-3 motorway section (Pindi-Bhattian-Faisalabad motorway). Faisalabad (Formerly Lyallpur) is a road and railway junction, which lies in an area watered by the Lower Chenab Canal. Cotton, wheat, vegetables, and fruits are grown there and the city is also an industrial centre with railway-repair yards, engineering works, and mills that process sugars, flour, and oil seed. Produce includes super phosphates, cotton and silk textiles, hosiery, dyes, agricultural equipment, and ghee (clarified butter). Faisalabad is the site of the University of Agriculture, founded in 1909.

Literature: Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, the famous singer And musician born in this city; Afzal Cheema, the former Chief justice of Lahore high court also belong to this City.

Art: the famous clock tower of Faisalabad has 8 Streets leading from it and was designed in a pattern so As to form union jack.

Cinemas:Faisalabad district has twenty-four cinemas, With a total seating capacity of 16,688. It provides an Entertainment towards its residents by showing Urdu, Punjabi and English movies. 

DRYPORT: Faisalabad has established a dry port, which Presently handles over 60 metric tons of cargo per day. The port has its own road and railroad links with Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi. The export Cargo at Faisalabad dry port is increasing every year. According to the Faisalabad dry port trust, it Handled l7,468 export cargo containers, worth Rs.28,600 Million during the first 10 month of the current Calendar year. DP provided lucrative Incentives to the exporters of Faisalabad and offered Certain concessions in fdpt tariff to the importers. It Handled 1,847 import cargo containers during the same Period, worth Rs. 1,500 million Faisalabad.

GULISTAN COLONY: One of the most prominent places of Faisalabad is Gulistan Colony which is one of the oldest colony of the Faisalabad bearing outstanding environment and is the nearest approach to top facilities including Motor way.


  • ·Clock Tower 
  • ·Victoria Memorial Chowk 
  • ·JinnahGarden
  • ·Habib Bank 
  • ·General Bus Stand 
  • ·Railway Station 
  • ·PIA Booking Office 
  • ·AirPort
  • ·Truck Stand 
  • ·Allama Iqbal Stadium 
  • ·General Post Office (G.P.O)
  • ·T & T Office 
  • ·Gattwala Forest Park
  • ·Zila Council 
  • ·Hockey Stadium 
  • ·Iqbal Stadium (Cricket Stadium)
  • ·FunLand (Entertainment Place)
  • ·Sind Bad 
  • ·Faisalabad Arts Council 
  • ·DryPort

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