Chakwal (Urdu: چکوال), (Punjabi: چکوال) is the capital and main city of Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located 90 kilometres south-east of the federal capital, Islamabad
Chakwal is located in the Dhanni region of the Potohar in northern Punjab, Pakistan. During the Mutiny of 1857 Chaudharials of Chakwal strengthened the hand of the British Raj by escorting the treasury from Chakwal to Rawalpindi and got the khilats and Jagirs.
Chakwal’s non-Muslim minorities departed during the independence of Pakistan in 1947 but the city is still in their heart and mind and had never forgotten it.
In April 2009 a terrorist attack on the mosque killed more than 30 people.
Chakwal’s landscape features the canyons in Thirchak-Mahal. There are man-made and natural lakes around the city in neighbouring communities.
In addition to being the district headquarters, Chakwal city is also the administrative centre of Chakwal tehsil (a subdivision of the district). The Chakwal District is divided into five Tehsils, namely, Kalarkahar, Chohsaidan Shah, Talagang, Lawa and Chakwal. The city of Chakwal itself is divided into five Union councils: and Chakwal district is divided into 68 union councils.
People from Chakwal
Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister of India
Air Marshal Nur Khan
Lt. General Abdul Qayyum,
Lt. General Ishfaq Ahmed Nadeem
Allah Bakhsh Malik
Major Malik Munawar Khan Awan
Awais Zia, Cricketer
Ch Amjid Zia, Politicians
• Lt Gen Majeed Malik, ex fed minister
• Captain (R) Khalid Mahmood, human rights activist, social worker (UK)
• Ch Haider Sultan, young politician
• Sardar Abbas, politician