Shangla, Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

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🇵🇰 Shangla District (شانګله ولسوالۍ) is a district in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The district headquarters are located at Alpuri. It was previously a subdivision of Swat District, but was upgraded to the status of a district in 1995. Shangla comprises three subdivisions, Alpuri, Puran and Besham tehsils.

Shangla has the lowest Human Development Index in the province and second lowest in the country.


Geography: Location The district is bounded in the north by Kohistan District, in the east by Battagram District and Torghar District, in the west by Swat District, and in the south by Buner District.


History Shangla was a sub-division of the Swat district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan until it was granted the status of a separate district in 1995, primarily owing to the efforts of Haji Badiu Zaman, a political leader and community figure, assassinated in 1994, and his son, Afsar ul Mulk.

There are relics of the ancient Greek period at Pirsar, Chakesar and Daut. it is believed that Alexander the Great camped at Pirsar for a few days. There are also relics of the Hindu Shahi in Olandar-Ajmair.

A number of Buddha sculptures also are also found in district Shangla which indicate that Shangla was also the previous part of Buddhist civilization.


Geography Shangla district consists of small valleys and is situated between the hillocks and surrounded by high mountains full of forests comprising Pindrow Fir, Morinda Spruce, Blue Pine (Kail), Chir Pine and Deodar Cedar trees. The average elevation of the district is 2000 to 3000 meters above sea level. The highest point (3,440 m) is near Kuz Ganrshal in the north of the district.


Education In November 2022, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan, inaugurated University of Shangla. The university was earlier a campus of University of Swat.

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Shangla has a population of over 757,810 people. Shangla also forms part of the wider Malakand Division which has a population of over 8,700,000 people.

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Antipodal to Shangla is: -107.35,-34.9

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🇵🇰 Mardan 72.017,34.2 d: 97.1  

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Antipodal to: Shangla -107.35,-34.9

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🇨🇱 San Pedro de la Paz -73.1,-36.833 d: 16937.8  

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🇨🇱 Valdivia -73.233,-39.8 d: 16969.5  

🇨🇱 Osorno -73.133,-40.567 d: 16960.9  

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🇨🇱 Port Montt -72.933,-41.467 d: 16941.4  

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