Administrative Units of Pakistan: District, Tehsil & UC

District
Tehsil
Union Council

We all know that Pakistan has five provinces and its capital city is Islamabad but how many of us know the further division of provinces into divisions, districts, cities, tehsil and union council. Well, if you read till the end of this informational blog, you will be well versed about the different administrative units of Pakistan and what is the purpose of this dissection.

Administrative Units Of Pakistan

The five provinces of Pakistan are Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and are run by their respective provincial governments. The first tier of the government is the federal government, which runs the entire country followed by the provincial government. This division enables the federal government to entrust provincial matters and developments with the provincial government. For better governance, all of the four provinces are divided into different divisions that are further divided into three different tiers i.e. district, tehsil and union council.

tehsils of lahore
Lahore District has five tehsils

These seem like so many divisions of the country and government but the entire purpose of this is to enable the government to govern at the grassroots level and administer the developments closely. This gives better administrative control and hence the country prospers. 

Let’s understand the three tiers of administrative units of Pakistan and how many total units each province has.

District

The district is the first tier of the administrative units that is also the biggest in terms of territory. The administrative duties, implementation of government strategies and overseeing development initiatives in a district is the responsibility of the District Coordination Officer who is also the head of District Administration.

Before 2010, there was a post of ‘Zila Nazim’ in the government, who was the head of District Administration, but after that year, the powers were transferred to District Coordination Officer. 

Divisions & Districts Of Four Provinces Of Pakistan  

Following are the divisions of all four provinces of Pakistan.

Punjab Sindh Balochistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bahawalpur Banbhore Kalat Bannu
Dera Ghazi Khan Hyderabad Makran Dera Ismail Khan
Faisalabad Karachi Naseerabad Hazara
Gujranwala Sukkur Quetta Kohat
Lahore Larkana Sibi Malakand
Multan Mirpur Khas Zhob Mardan
Rawalpindi Shaheed Benazirabad Peshawar
Sahiwal
Sargodha

Following are the districts of all four provinces of Pakistan.

Punjab Sindh Balochistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bahawalpur Badin Awaran Abbottabad
Bahawalnagar Dadu Barkhan Bajaur
Rahim Yar Khan Ghotki Chagai Bannu
Dera Ghazi Khan Hyderabad Dera Bugti Battagram
Layyah Jacobabad Duki Buner
Muzaffargarh Jamshoro Gwadar Charsadda
Rajanpur Karachi Central Harnai Chitral
Faisalabad Kashmore Jafarabad Dera Ismail Khan
Chiniot Khairpur Jhal Magsi Hangu
Toba Tek Singh Larkana Kachhi Haripur
Jhang Matiari Kalat Karak
Gujranwala Mirpur Khas Kech Khar
Gujrat Naushahro Feroze Kharan Kohat
Hafizabad Shaheed Benazirabad Khuzdar Lakki Marwat
Mandi Bahauddin Qambar Shahdadkot Killa Abdullah Lower Dir
Narowal Sanghar Kohlu Lower Kohistan
Sialkot Shikarpur Lasbela Malakand
Lahore Sukkur Loralai Mansehra
Kasur Tando Allahyar Mastung Mardan
Nankana Sahib Tando Muhammad Khan Musakhel Nowshera
Sheikhupura Tharparkar Naseerabad Peshawar
Multan Thatta Nushki Shangla
Lodhran Umerkot Panjgur Swabi
Khanewal Sujawal Pishin Swat
Vehari Karachi East Qilla Saifullah Tank
Rawalpindi Karachi South Quetta Torghar
Jhelum Karachi West Shaheed Sikandarabad Upper Dir
Chakwal Korangi Sherani Upper Kohistan
Attock Malir Sibi
Sahiwal Sohbatpur
Pakpattan Washuk
Okara Zhob
Sargodha Ziarat
Khushab
Mianwali
Bhakkar

Tehsil

Tehsil is the second administrative unit of Pakistan or second tier in local government. After dividing divisions of all four provinces into districts, it is further divided into tehsil. A tehsil consists of further smaller cities or areas, for instance, the Lahore District of Punjab is further divided into five tehsils which are Lahore Cantt., Lahore City, Model Town, Raiwind and Shalimar. 

tehsils in sindh
Sindh has a total of 146 tehsils

The division of a district into tehsil is followed in three provinces of Pakistan: Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa except for Sindh. In Sindh, a tehsil is referred to as a ‘taluka’ which is further divided into union councils.

Number Of Tehsils In Punjab

The total number of tehsils in Punjab is 145.

Number Of Tehsils (Taluka) In Sindh

The total number of talukas (tehsils) in Sindh is 146.

Number Of Tehsils In Balochistan

The total number of tehsils in Balochistan is 143.

Number Of Tehsils In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The total number of tehsils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is 83.

Union Council

Union council is the last administrative unit and smallest of all. The tehsils are further divided into union councils so that the government can govern even at the lowest and grass roots level.

However, according to a notification issued by the Government of Punjab, all the union councils that were constituted under Punjab Local Government Act 2013 will be defunct and succeeded by local governments.

The government is also considering restoring the union councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These union councils were abolished in the province in 2019 and only two tiers of councils were left i.e. village and neighbourhood councils. 

So, this brings us to the end of our educational guide on the administrative units of Pakistan. For more information about government initiatives like one window Ehsaas Center and online LDA one window appointment, visit Pakistan’s largest lifestyle and real estate blog, Zameen Blog.



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