Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Mohmand

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Introduction

Mohmand District derives its name from the Mohmand tribe which inhabits the area. The Tribal District (TD) is located between 33° 30Ꞌ to 34° 40Ꞌ north latitudes and 70° 30Ꞌ to 71° 30Ꞌ east longitudes. It is bounded on the north by the Bajaur Tribal District, on the east by Malakand Protected Area/ district and Charsadda district, on the southeast by Peshawar district, on the south by Khyber Tribal district and on the west by Afghanistan.

Figure 1.3 An Aerial View of a Village in Mohmand District

Tribal District at a Glance

Name Of Tribal District Mohmand Tribal District
Headquarters Ghalanai
Population[1] 466,984 persons
Area[2] 2,296 km2
Population Density[3] 203.4 persons/ km2
Growth Rate[4] 1.8%
Male Population[5] 50.9%
Female Population[6] 49.1%
Urban Population[7]
Administrative Units 07 Tehsils:

1.    Ambar Utmankhel Tehsil

2.    Halimzai Tehsil

3.    Pindiali Tehsil

4.    Pranghar Tehsil

5.    Safi tehsil

6.    Upper Mohmand Tehsil

7.    Ekka Ghund Tehsil

Important Cities/ Places Ghalanai, Mohmand Gat, Safi, Salimzai, Khwazai/ Baizai, Pandyalai, Prang Ghar, Ambar, Gandhab (Mian Mandi), Yekka Ghund, Lakaro, Danishkul, Khwezai, Ghanam Shah, and Qandharo
Literacy Rate[8] 26%
Male Literacy Rate[9] 52%
Female Literacy Rate[10] 7%
Major Economic Activity[11] Economic Activity figures for FATA are not available, but subsistence level agriculture with its allied livestock breeding and fishing is the major employer. Other activities include small scale businesses, mining, and elementary occupations. Immigration to other districts in search of jobs to send remittances home is a major economic activity
Main Crops Wheat, maize, rice, jowar, sugarcane, moong, gram, barley, rapeseed & mustard, poppy, tobacco, etc.
Major Fruits Water melon, musk melon, apricots, apples, peach, plums, citrus, persimmon, dates, etc.
Major Vegetables Onions, tomatoes, peas, radish, okra, tinda, brinjal, pumpkin, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, etc.
Forests (Area)[12] 10,006 HA[13]
Black Topped Roads[14] 476.4 km
Shingle Roads[15] 131.1 km
Electricity Tribal Agency Electric Supply Corporation (TAESCO) looks after supply and transmission of electricity. No other data is available.
Telephone Exchanges[16] 04 Telephone exchanges with 1,108 connections
Industrial Zones[17] No Industrial estate but 227 registered Industrial Units in the tribal district, out of which 178 are working and 50 units are closed
Major Industry and No. of Industrial Units[18] Sporting & Light Hunting Arms 4 Units
Cement Blocks 9 Units
Food & Beverages 4 Units
Stone Crushing 2 Units
Flour, Green Chips, Making Chips, Scrap Steel, Shoes, Stone Grinding, Washing Powder 1 Unit Ea.
Ammunition, Furniture 2 Units
Lining Acid, Soaps, Talcum Powder 3 Units Ea.
Marble Stones 100 Units
Marble Tiles 44 Units
Pots Powder 6 Units
Powder 38 Units
Household Size[19] 9 persons per house
Houses with Piped Water[20] 32%
Houses with Electricity[21] 57.9%

Table 1.1 Mohmand TD at a Glance

[1] 2017 Census

[2] 2017 Census

[3] 2017 Census

[4] 2017 Census

[5] 2017 Census

[6] 2017 Census

[7] 2017 Census

[8] Pakistan Social & Living Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2019-20

[9] Pakistan Social & Living Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2019-20

[10] Pakistan Social & Living Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2019-20

[11] Employment by Industry figures are not available for the former FATA

[12] KP Development Statistics 2018-19

[13] Forestry Statistics do not record any forest statistics

[14] KP Development Statistics 2018-19

[15] KP Development Statistics 2018-19

[16] KP Development Statistics 2018-19

[17] FATA Development Authority, Industries Survey Report, 2010 (Latest Available)

[18] FATA Development Authority, Industries Survey Report, 2010 (Latest Available)

[19] 1998 Census; 2017 Census data has not been made public yet

[20] 1998 Census; 2017 Census data has not been made public yet

[21] 1998 Census; 2017 Census data has not been made public yet

Brief History of the Tribal District (TD)Governmental StructureAdministrative DivisionsHistoric/ Heritage Sites, Tourist Attractions

Brief History of the Tribal District (TD)

Mohmand TD takes its name from the Mohmand tribe that inhabits it. The Mohmand tribe (also spelled as “Momand”) is a branch of Ghani Khel Afghans and originally lived in central Afghanistan between the basins of the Tarnak and Oxus Rivers for centuries. After the Mongols invaded the region in the 13th century AD, the Mohmands were driven out from central Afghanistan, and so, between the 13th and 15th centuries, they established their current settlements[1] in former Mohmand Agency. They were able to do so as, historically, they were ruled by hereditary chiefs or Khans who kept them united. This unity helped them gain strength in integrated numbers, and they successfully drove out other tribes. One of the clans claims that the chief of these Khans was the Khan of Lalpura (now a district in Afghanistan), but there were several minor Khans as well. Local historians claim that the “Khan” of the Mohmand tribe is the hereditary guardian of the sarishia or code of tribal law and customs. The Khans of Lalpura, over time, pledged allegiance at various times to the Mughal Emperors Akbar and Shahjahan, and to Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Durrani/ Abdali. In 1782, however, Arsala Khan of Lalpura revolted against Timur Shah Durrani/Abdali. He was compelled to submit, and was executed at Peshawar in 1791.[2] From this time to the annexation of Punjab and the Frontier by the British in 1849, historical accounts mostly record tribal warfare and constant bloodshed.

When the British formally annexed Peshawar in 1849, the areas that now comprise the current Mohmand TD were ruled by Saadat Khan of Lalpura, while the Khans of Bajaur ruled the Safi tribe residing in the northern portion of Mohmand country, as well as the Uthman Khel tribe who was independent of any Khanate.

Saadat Khan held the Khanship for 40 years, and was a faithful vassal of the Barakzai dynasty of Afghanistan, but in 1864, he was arrested by the Barakzai Amir on the instigation of the British. He died, a prisoner of the Barakzai Amir, at Kabul.

The Mohmands fought against the British who were never able to completely establish control over them. According to William Henry Paget[3] “the Mohmands during the early years of British Rule, in the Peshawar Valley gave more trouble than almost any another [sic] tribe” (v.1, p. 421).

After the annexation of Punjab in 1849, the Shabqadar fort (originally called Shankargarh)¾built in KP’s Charsadda district by the Sikhs to guard the town against the Mohmands (among other tribes)¾was taken over by the British who stationed regular troops in it. In 1885 the fort was handed over to the Border Military Force. The British fought many battles with the Mohmands using this fort as their base. In 1850 the Mohmands attacked the fort under the leadership of Fateh Khan, the son of Saadat Khan (who was still the Khan of Lalpura). This attack was repulsed. In 1851 the Mohmands again attacked British Posts. The British organized an expedition under Brigadier Sir Colin Campbell. This expedition lasted for nearly 6 months before any peace agreement with Mohmands could be signed.

The second expedition against the Mohmand tribe was sent by the British in 1854 led by Colonel Sydney J. Cotton. Many more expeditions followed in 1863-64, 1879, and 1880, as well as during the Great Pathan Uprising of 1897-98. More expeditions were sent in 1908 and 1935. In spite of these expeditions, the British were unable to establish dominance over the region.

In 1896 the jirgas (tribal courts) of all Mohmand clans formally tendered their submission to the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab and were granted allowances. In 1902, Musakhel of Mittai, a section of the Baizai clan (of Mohmand) also joined this agreement.

In 1935 the Mohmands rebelled and started guerrilla warfare against the British again. The British organized a force called the Mohmand Force or Mohforce. In this battle, tanks were used for the first time in any expedition in India. This expedition ended when the Nahakki Pass and mountains were taken by the British troops.

In 1948, shortly after the Partition, the Mohmands signed an agreement to join Pakistan following a judgement of a jirga of elders.

At the time of Partition, the area was administered by the Deputy Commissioner based in Peshawar and Political Agent located in Khyber. In 1951 the area was upgraded and made an independent Agency.

When the Agency was given an Independent Agency Status in 1951, Moulvi Rasheeduddin was made its first Political Agent. Its headquarters was located in Peshawar and the city remained the Headquarters of the Agency till 1973, when it was shifted to Yekka Ghund located just within the borders of the Agency. In 1974 the headquarters was shifted to Ghalanai. At the time of Partition, the area from Subhan Khwar to Yekka Ghund Bazar was the territory of Mohmand Agency and the area extending from Yekka Ghund Bazar  was called the free zone (Yaghistan), where  there  was no writ of the government. The Mohmand tribe made this area a part of district Charsadda. The government separated the Taragzai Tribe from Mohmand Agency by force and included it in Charsadda.

Figure 1.4 Attack on Shabqadar Fort on 7th August 1897: Mohmand Field Force, 7th August to 1st October 1897. Picture by Richard Caton Woodville

[1] Extracted District Profile Khyber Agency 1998; By then GONWFP

[2] Gazetteer of the North West Frontier Province 1908 p. 226

[3] Records of the Expeditions against the North West Frontier Tribes since the Annexation of Punjab by Army Intelligence Branch, 1907

Governmental Structure

At the Federal level, Mohmand Tribal district is allocated a set number of representatives in both the National Assembly and the Provincial Assembly:

  • Number of seats in the National Assembly 1
  • Number of seats in the Provincial Assembly 3

Under the Local Government Act, the Tribal District has 65 Councils, which include 58 Village and 7 neighbourhood Councils.

Administrative Divisions

Administratively, Mohmand Tribal District is divided into 07 Tehsils and 58 Village Councils and 07 Neighbourhood Councils as follows:

  • Ambar Utmankhel Tehsill
  • Halimzai Tehsil
  • Pindiali Tehsil
  • PranGhar Tehsil
  • Safi Tehsil
  • Upper Mohmand Tehsil
  • Ekka Ghund Tehsil

Historic/ Heritage Sites, Tourist Attractions

Some of the important and ancient buildings[1] which need government protection for their preservation include:

  • Michni Fort, constructed by the British to fight against the Mohmand tribe. It is located in Michni near Warsak dam
  • Tomb of Haji Torangzai/ Ghaziabad. Haji Torangzai was a local freedom fighter. An annual Urs is celebrated every year in April.

Other important tourist attractions of the TD are:

  • Michni, near Warsak Dam, known for its scenic beauty
  • Ghalanai: This is the TD’s Headquarters and a scenic town
  • Khawazai: The area leading up to the Durand Line. It is accessible from Ghandab through Darra Khanch
  • Chamar Kand: A scenic tourist spot
  • Mandar Dam
  • Gandab Valley: This valley has a major bazaar with 200 shops. It is narrow, and barren, and touches the Durand Line, running parallel to the dry bed of a nullah
  • Yekka Ghund: 2 km northwest of Yekka Ghund is an ancient route called the Caravan Route which connects the Indus and Oxus valleys. This route contains an ancient Sarai or a place of rest for travelers. The Sarai is rectangular in shape but the southern side has a semicircular bastion. Burnt bricks and stones were used in its construction. Coins bearing the Kalima (the Religious confession of Muslims) have been found here. It is believed that this is a construction of the Mughal period

Figure 1.9 A Natural Stream in Mohmand TD

Figure 1.10 A Farm near the Durand Line

 

Figure 1.11 View of the Road near Ghalanai

Figure 1.12 Munda Headworks on River Swat, Mohmand TD

[1] Study on Tourism Potential of FATA, FATA Development Authority

Topography

Mohmand TD is formed[1] by glens and rugged mountains with bare slopes between the towering peaks of the Hindu Kush and lowland basins. The general slope of the area is from north to east.

The Mohmand Hills include the Sapper Ranges, the Ilazai Hills and Malakand Hills:

  • The Sapper Ranges are an extension of the Dir-Bajaur Ranges, which stretch to the north of the TD, forming a watershed between the TD and the Kunar River basin in Afghanistan
  • The Ilazai Hills branch off from the Sapper Ranges, to the southwest of the TD. These hills first turn southeast and then follow an easterly direction, forming a watershed between various streams flowing in the east and south
  • The Malakand Hills occupy the eastern part of the Mohmand TD. The slopes of these hills are barren with a thin cover of olive and oak trees

The Ilazai (2,716 meters) is the highest peak near the Pak-Afghan border. Other important peaks are Yari Sar (1,929 meters) and Silai.

The relatively flat area of Mohmand TD is composed of the Swat basin and the Kabul basin. The Swat basin is drained by the River Swat which enters the TD from the northeast, and the Kabul basin is drained by the Kabul River which flows along the southern fringe of the TD.

Figure 1.5 Barren Mountains in Mohmand TD

Rivers, Streams, and Lakes

The main rivers of the TD are the River Swat and River Kabul. The River Kabul forms the boundary between the Khyber and Mohmand TDs. The River Swat flows from the north to the south, and passes through the area of Prang Ghar in the Pindiali Tehsil.

A large number of streams/ nullahs originate in the mountains and traverse the TD. Some of the important nullahs include Rawalkor Khwar, Gandao Khwar, Danish Kool Rud (a tributary of River Swat), Ambahar Rud and Pindiali streams (both are tributaries of Danish Kool Rud), Gandab, Shalman, Salala, and Bara Darra.

Some of the intermittent streams include Spinkai Tangai, Shamsha Shan Darra, Shin Khwar, Khapak Khwar, and Gosarai Khwar.  There are no lakes in the TD; rain water is stored in ponds for irrigation and domestic uses.

Forests

Since the TD has an arid climate, there are no green forests, as the forests of the TD are dry mountainous forests. The forests consist of shrubs and thorny bushes with some broad leaved trees growing on the lower altitudes. The principal species include babul, kikar, phulai, vann (acacia sp), wild olives (ole asp) and oak (quercus sp). In the areas where water is available, mulberry and poplar trees are also grown. There are no notable forests in the TD.

The following table shows the status of forests as per FATA Development Statistics 2013-14: (KP Development Statistics 2018-19 do not report data for the TD)

Total Forest Area 51,710 A Man Made Forests 43,489 A
Natural Forests 8,031 A Linear Plantation 250 km

Table 1.3 Mohmand TD Forests

Soils

The soils of the TD are shallow to moderately deep, slightly to moderately calcareous, coarse-textured (sand, loamy sand, sandy loam, fine sandy loam to loam) and slightly eroded. These occur on lower mountain slopes.

Piedmont alluvium plains consist of moderately deep, well-drained, moderately calcareous, and slightly eroded soils.

The soils are generally fertile and fit for growing crops, fruits, and vegetables.

Climate

The climate of the TD is hot in summers and cool in winters. The summer season commences from May and continues till August. The winter season starts from November and continues till February. The mean maximum and minimum temperatures for June are 38 °C and 28 °C, whereas the mean maximum and minimum temperatures for January¾the coldest month¾are 12 °C and 9 °C.

Rainfall is scanty, and most of it occurs in the winter season. The mean annual rainfall in the TD is 160 mm.

Seismic Activity

The Mohmand Tribal district belongs to Zone 3 of the Seismic Zone Map of Pakistan which

[1] Extracted from Socio-economic Profile of Mohmand Agency by USAID, 1993

Population

The following table[1] shows the population of the TD as per 2017 Census:

 

Tribal District Area

km2

Population Male% Female% Urban

%

Growth Rate %
Mohmand Tribal District 2,296 466,984 50.96 49.04 1.8
Ambar Uthmankhel Tehsil 62,109
Halimzai Tehsil 78,002
Pindiali Tehsil 88,363
Prang Ghar Tehsil 35,290
Safi Tehsil 99,114
Upper Mohmand 51,068
Yekka Ghund Tehsil 52,291

Table 1.4 Mohmand TD Population Statistics

Religions[2]

Muslims 99.8%
Christians Negligible %
Hindus Negligible %
Ahmadis 0.2%
Scheduled Castes Negligible %
Others Negligible %

Table 1.5 Mohmand TD Religions

Languages[3]

Urdu 0.1%
Punjabi 0.1%
Sindhi Negligible %
Pushto 99.8%
Balochi Negligible %
Seraiki Negligible %
Others Negligible %

Table 1.6 Mohmand TD Languages

[1] Blank rows indicate that data was not available for those fields

[2] 1998 Census; 2017 Census Data results have not been released yet.

[3] 1998 Census; 2017 Census Data results have not been released yet.

Economic ActivityEconomic Infrastructure

Economic Activity

The local economy[1] is largely pastoral, with agriculture being practised in a few fertile valleys. Most people are engaged in subsistence level agriculture and livestock breeding as well as small businesses conducted locally. People mostly seek employment in other districts or outside Pakistan.

[1] Employment by Industry numbers for FATA are not available

Land Use

The following table shows the main land use statistics of Mohmand TD as per KP Development Statistics 2018-19:

Total Area 229,600 HA Reported Area 229,620 HA
Total Cultivated Area 23,514 HA Net Sown 21,714 HA
Current Fallow 1,800 HA Total Uncultivated Area 206,106 HA
Culturable Waste 7,370 HA Forest Area 10,006 HA

Table 1.7 Mohmand TD Land Use Statistics

Agriculture

The Agro-Ecological Zone data for former FATA and its Agencies/ FRs is not available. Mohmand TD is generally a barani area, and hence, mostly depends upon rains for irrigation. The crops of the TD include wheat, maize, rice, jowar, sugarcane, moong, gram, barley, rapeseed and mustard, poppy, and tobacco.

Watermelon, musk melon, apricots, apples, peach, plums, citrus, persimmon, and dates are some of the fruits grown in the TD.

Onions, tomatoes, peas, radish, okra, tinda, brinjal, pumpkin, bitter gourd, and bottle gourd are some of the vegetables grown in the district.

Figure 1.6 Harvesting Wheat, Khurram Chhena, Mohmand TD

Livestock Breeding

The following table shows the livestock position in Mohmand TD as per Livestock Census 2006 (qtd. in FATA Development Statistics 2013-14):

Cattle 232,544 Heads Buffalos 3,439 Heads Sheep 133,887 Heads
Goats 378,245 Heads Camels 431 Heads Horses 221 Heads
Asses 18,178 Heads Mules 454 Heads

Table 1.8 Mohmand TD Livestock Statistics

Balki sheep and tirahi or afridi sheep are the indigenous livestock breeds of the TD.

Poultry

Backyard poultry farming[1] is an intrinsic part of Pakistan’s rural economy. Conditions for poultry farming are particularly favourable in the upper reaches of all tribal districts, with Khyber and Kurram TDs currently home to the largest numbers of poultry farms. Around 60 commercial poultry farms[2] are operating in Mohmand TD.

Fishing

The rivers and streams[3] that traverse the land harbour a variety of fish, depending on the climatic regime. Cold waters in the upper reaches are suitable for trout, while warmer waters in the lower reaches favour carp. These aquatic resources are ideally suited for the development of fisheries.

Fishing is carried out in the streams, rivers, and lakes, but most of this fish is consumed locally.

Bee Keeping

Government of Pakistan is promoting the bee keeping/ honey production industry in former FATA to help create employment and to generate income.

Minerals and Mining

The mountains[4] of the tribal areas yield a variety of minerals, ranging from marble and granite to copper and gold. Since mineral extraction depends heavily on labour, the mining industry can serve as an immediate means to creating employment in the region. Considering the reserves that have already been identified, the sector has the potential to become a major employer in the long term.

The mineral resources of Mohmand TD include marble, chromate, soapstone, quartz, serpentine, and feldspar which are being commercially mined in the TD. Mineral potential includes copper, emeralds, jade, asbestos, and talc.

Irrigation

The canals off-taking from the Warsak Dam on River Kabul irrigate the arid lands of the Ilazai tract of Mohmand TD. The right bank irrigation canal running through a tunnel bored into the Mullaghori Hills also irrigates vast areas.

The TD receives very little rain and very few canals irrigate the region. The following table shows the mode of irrigation system used and area irrigated by each (KP Development Statistics 2018-19):

Total Irrigated Area 14,043 HA Government Canal Irrigated 3,200 HA
Tube Wells 1,539 HA Private Canals Irrigated 3,203 HA
Wells 4,405 HA Others Including Lift Pumps 1,696 HA

Table 1.11 Mohmand TD Irrigation Statistics

Munda Dam on River Swat also provides irrigation waters.

Industry

There are no industrial zones/ estates in Mohmand TD, but there are 227 registered industrial units. Of these, 50 units are closed. The following table shows the number and type of industry in Mohmand TD (FATA Development Authority, Industries Survey Report, 2010; latest available)[5]:

Industry No. Industry No.
Sporting & Light Hunting Arms 04 Cement Blocks 09
Chips 04 Crush Stones 02
Flour Mills 01 Furniture 01
Green Chips 01 Ammunition 02
Lining Acid 03 Making Chips 01
Making Furniture 01 Marble Stones 100
Marble Tiles 44 Pots Powder 06
Powder 38 Scrap Steel 01
Shoes 01 Soap & Detergent 04
Stone Grinding 01 Talcum Powder 03

Table 1.9 Mohmand TD Industries

Handicrafts

Household items made of marble and from the leaves of the mazri palm are the main handicrafts of the TD. The products made of the leaves of the mazri palm include caps, mats, ropes, baskets, brooms, trays, hand fans, and grain baskets. Other items include embroidery on clothes.

[1] Sustainable Development Plan 2007-15, Civil Secretariat FATA

[2] Table 17: No. of Commercial Poultry Farms in KP

[3] Sustainable Development Plan 2007-15, Civil Secretariat FATA

[4] Sustainable Development Plan 2007-15, Civil Secretariat FATA

[5] KP Development Statistics do not record ‘Industry’ data for former FATA Agencies.

Economic Infrastructure

The major road of the TD is the blacktopped road branching off from the main

Shabqader-Michini Road at Pir Qila; it passes through Yekka Ghund, Ghalani, Main Mandi, and Yosef Khel. Another road connects the TD to Bajaur. The TD lacks railway and air connections.

Roads

There are two types of roads in Mohmand TD: High type and Low type. The following table shows the road statistics as per KP Development Statistics 2019-20:

High Type 476.4 km
Low Type 131.3 km
Total 607.7 km

Table 1.10 Mohmand TD Road Statistics

Important roads of the TD are:

  • Pir Qila – Yousafkhel – Nawagai Road
  • Krapa Pindiali – Danishkool – Ambar – Inzari Road
  • Mian Mandi – Khapakh Bahai Qila Road
  • Michni Militia Camp Road
  • Mohmand Peripherry Blockade Road Phase I and Phase II
  • Damano Killi – Bucha Road
  • Mamad Gat – Chamarkand Road

Rail and Airways

There is no railway in Mohmand TD. The nearest railway station is at Zintara in Khyber TD.

There is no airport in the TD. The nearest airport is Peshawar Airport.

Radio and Television

No data available.

Telecommunications

According to KP Development Statistics 2018-19, there are 04 telephone exchanges in Mohmand TD. These exchanges provide 1,108 connections. In addition, private cellular companies provide their services in the region.

Post Offices/ Courier Services

According to KP Development Statistics 2018-19, there are 22 post offices with zero headoffice, 02 sub-post offices and 20 branch offices in Mohmand TD.

Banking/ Financial Institutions

There are a total of 02 Branches of United Bank Ltd. operating in the TD, according to the FATA Development Statistics 2008 (more recent data is not available; KP Development Statistics 2018-19 do not record data for Tribal districts).

Electricity and Gas

TAESCO (Tribal Agency Electric Supply Corporation) supplies and distributes electricity in FATA. Sarhad Hydel Development Organization (SHYDO), and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) are responsible for power generation in the Province. Gas for domestic use is not available.

Education

Total literacy rate of Mohmand TD as per the 1998 census is 11.3%. Male literacy rate is 19.1%, whereas female literacy is 1.9%. There were no schools in the TD until 1950, when the first school was opened in Subhan Dheri. The following table shows the number of government educational institutions in Mohmand TD (KP Development Statistics 2018-19):

Institution Boys/Girls Institution Boys/Girls
Primary Schools 312/180 Mosque Schools 06
Middle Schools 38/20 High Schools 24/13
Higher Secondary 02/01 Community Schools 67
Degree Colleges 01/01 Universities
Polytechnic Institutes 01- Commercial Training 01
Vocational Training Inst. Private Schools [1]

Table 1.12 Mohmand TD Educational Institutes: Government

Figure 1.13 School girls in Jhanda, Mohmand TD

Health

The following table shows the government Health Care Institutions in Mohmand TD as per KP Development Statistics 2018-19:

Institution No/Beds Institution No./Beds
Hospitals 02/118 Dispensaries 19/-
Rural Health Centers 03/16 Basic Health Units 26/-
Child Health Centers -/- Mother Child Health Centers
TB clinics 03/- Leprosy Clinics NA

Table 1.14 Mohmand TD Health Institutes

Policing

The District Police Officer (DPO) is directly responsible to the District Mayor for public safety. The Police Department is headed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP). The SSP supervises and controls the police force in maintaining law and order, and investigation of cases of a criminal nature. The Police Department operates under the Police Rules. There are no Police Stations in the District.

The Levy Force, Khassadars and the Scout Troops operating in the erstwhile Mphmand Agency have been absorbed into the KP Police as per the KP Levies Force Bill 2019.

 

[1] KP Development Statistics 2018-19 do not record data.

Environment and Biodiversity

The ambient air quality in the TD is excellent due to minimal sources of air emissions. The only source of impact on the quality of the ambient air is the rare vehicular traffic on the roads, which causes some dust emissions whose effect, is largely localized. The main pollutants from vehicle exhaust are lead, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. These emissions temporarily affect the air quality in the immediate vicinity of the roads.

Flora and Fauna

Flora

The flora of the TD includes babul, kikar, phulai, vann (acacia sp), wild olives (oleo sp) and oak (quercus sp). In the areas where water is available mulberry and poplar trees are also grown. Other trees grown in the TD are mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), ber (Zizyphus sp.), jhand (Prosopis sp), gurgura (Monotheca buxifolia), and mazri/ dwarf palm (Nannorhops ritchieana). The shrubs of the TD include aak (Calotropis amiltonit), sanatha (Dodonia viscosa), red poppy (Papaver rhoeas), camel thorn (Acacia erioloba) and drab grass.

A number of medicinal herbs are also found in the TD. Some of these are dhoda (Papaver somniferum sp), nakhtar (pinus roxburghii), ispaghol (Plantago ianceolata), mushk-e-bala (valeriana jatamansi), and shandai (melia azardarach).

Figure 1.8 Red Poppy, Mohmand TD

Fauna

The only wildlife found in the Mohmand Tribal district includes wild boar, rabbits, and jackals. Avifauna includes chakor, see-see partridge, ducks, snipe, quails, wild goose, and sand grouse.

Protected Wildlife Areas and Endangered Wildlife

At present, there are no wildlife protected areas in the former FATA region, but the GoKP has passed a law for the creation of protected areas in the region.