Khushab District (Urdu: ضِلع خُوشاب‎) is a district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan, with its administrative capital in Jauharabad. The district is named after the historical city of Khushab located within its boundaries. According to the 1998 census, the population was 905,711 with 24.76% living in urban areas. The district consists of Four tehsils, Khushab, Noorpur Thal,Quaidabad and Naushera. Khushab is home to the Heavy Water and Natural Uranium Research Reactor, part of the Pakistan’s Special Weapons Program.

Khushab District (ضِلع خُوشاب)






July 01, 1982



 District Coordination Officer

Kinza Murtaza

Time zone


Number of Tehsils




Inhabitants of the Khushab district speak a variety of Punjabi dialects, including:

  • Shapuri (Main dialect of the district)
  • Majhi, or Standard Punjabi (in cities)
  • Pothohari (northern hilly regions)
  • Thalochi (southern areas)(in thal) near Bhakkar)
  • Jandali (western areas near Mianwali).

Pakistan’s national language, Urdu, is spoken and understood by the majority of the population, whereas English is understood by people with a higher education background.

Notable People

  • Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Urdu poet, fiction writer and journalist
  • Wasif Ali Wasif, teacher, writer, poet, and Sufi
  • Abdulqadir Hassan, Writer and Journalist
  • Idris Azad, Philosopher, poet, fiction writer and journalist
  • Khushwant Singh, Novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist
  • Sohail Warraich, Writer and Journalist


Khushab is situated between the cities of Sargodha and Mianwali, near the river Jhelum. The district capital is Jauharabad (founded 1953, pop. 39,477).

Khushab consists of agricultural lowland plains, lakes, and hills. Parts of the Thal desert touch the district, which has a breadth of over 70 miles (110 km) and is situated between the Indus river and the Jhelum river.

There are three lakes (Ochali, Khabbaki and Jahlar) in the district. Kanhatti Garden is the largest forest in Khushab district, near Khabbaki village in the Soon valley. Khabikki Lake is a salt-water lake in the southern Salt Range. The lake is one kilometre wide and two kilometres long. Khabikki is also the name of a neighbouring village. Sakaser is the highest mountain in the Salt Range.[citation needed] Its summit is 1522 metres / 4946 feet high and is situated in Khushab District.


Khushab got the status of district in 1982. At the start,the district was divided into two tehsils, Khushab, Noorpur Thal. Later on Quaidabad was given the status of Tehsil in March 2007  and Naushera (Vadi e Soon) became 4th Tehsil of District Khushab in March 2013. In local bodies delimitation 2000 (before to the creation of the Tehsil Quaidabad and Naushehra), it contained a total of fifty-one Union Councils. In 2015 delimitation of District Khushab, 48 rural union councils and 7 urban Municipal Committees have been created by the election Commission of Pakistan

Khushab Tehsil

In 2000, Tehsil Khushab was subdivided into Thirty Two Union Councils but in 2015, ten urban union Councils (Khushab 5, Jauharabad 2, Hadali 2 and Mitha Tiwana 1) transferred to Municipal Committees whereas six Union councils have become the part of Tehsil Naushehra. Now Tehsil Khushab has 21 Union Councils and 4 Municipal Committees.