Pakistan’s Major Cities Name and Their Meaning

By Abdul Hadi — Published on 29/09/2016

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was constituted on 14th August 1947 as an independent state. The cities and provinces here were recognized as Sates Organization Act that was later on adopted by the India as States Reorganization Act of 1956.


After getting independence Pakistan had also rearranged cities and provinces boundaries along linguistic lines, many cities were given names according to their language, and even on the name of famous local and regional celebrities. There are also many cities that are named due to their peculiar history, geographical characteristic, and even colonial influences.


The Area of the Muslims


It was the homeland of Rawal tribe


Was founded on the name of a Baloch named Kalacho


First named as Nroon Kot and later on changed by Kalhoras on the name of Hazrat Ali (R.A)


Due to professional people, it called as Peshawar



Quetta is derived from Qawata that means castle

Toba Tek Singh

Named after a Sikh, Teeko Singh


The combined name of two words Sir and Godha that means pool and Saint respectively


This city was organized by ruler of that area Nawab Bahwal Khan


One of the historical cities that was once named Kessa Pur

Faisal Abad

First, it was named after the name of Sir James Loyal then Governor Punjab and later on named after the name of King of Saudi Arabia Shah Faisal

Raheem Yar Khan

Named after Nawab Raheem Yar Khan Abbasi

Abul Hakim

Named after Southern Punjab famous saint


It was the homeland of Sahi tribe that’s why named as Sahiwal


Another historical city


The Gujar migrants of Amritsar changed its name Gujranwala from Khan Pur


Named after the name of Mughal Ruler Noor ul Din Saleem Jahangir


One of the oldest cities in the world


The central point of Gandhara Civilization


Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V was the head of this state


A city populated by Nawab of Multan Muzaffar Khan


Named after the name of a Sufi saint Mian Ali

Dera Ghazi Khan

The central point of Pakistan that connect the all provinces


Changed from Jhugi Sial to Jhang

Courtesy: Urdu Safha

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