Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sangla Hill

Sangla Hill is a Tehsil in Pakistan located in Nankana Sahib District in the Punjab Province.Coordinates: 31°43′N 73°23′E / 31.717°N 73.383°E / 31.717; 73.383Contents
. The tehsil of Sangla Hill is situated in the newly created district of Nankana Sahib and lies 103 km [64 miles] from the provincial capital of Lahore. The area has a population of more than 150,00 Muslim Community, with around 10,000 of the population being Christian and Qadianees. Sangla hill city is surrounded by many villages whose residents are mostly choudhries. kahloon.Mughal Other casts include araein , batalvi, and bahtti. Most of these are the farmers from sialkot. They migrated from district Sialkot in the year 1865 and after migration they took initiatives in eradication of jungles and made the land fit for agriculture. The city is surrounded by almost 109 villages. The city is the major market and economic hub of the area.
Sangla Hill is a tehsil, an administrative subdivision, of Nankana Sahib District.
Agriculture is one of the main sources of employment, the town has been a popular grain market for last 80 years as the town is located in a highly fertile area. The Rakh Branch canal passes near one side of the town and is an irrigation source, the canal passes areas of Salarwala Chak Jhumra and ends at Samundri.Many people commute to work in cities such as Faisalabad or Lahore daily. The HUDA Sugar Mill has been operating since 1980 and provides jobs to three thousand people making hand woven carpets.However the primary source of income comes from overseas Pakistanis, almost 50% houses in Sangla Hill have at least one person who has gone abroad.
Famous people
Hameed Nizami (October 3, 1915 - 1962) was an eminent journalist from Pakistan. He was the founder of the Urdu newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt. He was born in Sangla Hill. There is also a road name after him the "Hameed Nizami Road" Justice Muhammad Nawaz Bhatti(August 1948-July 10, 2006)was the first and only judge of Lahore Highcourt from SANGLA HILL.He was a renowned lawyer known for his dedication,truthfulness and honesty. Mufti Zafar Ali Nomani was the great religious person of the country. He also played his role in government as a Senator, member of Islamic ideology council and also was the chairman of Rouatehilal comety Pakistan. Professor Zulfiqaar ali is one of the well known personality in the division. His basic field is chemistry in which he has written books Barjees Tahir taking Oath in the Parliament.
It is an historic town located at a height of 313m from sea level[1]. The town has some very old buildings belonging to Hindu people who left them in place during the partition of 1947. A Hindu temple is still visible at the side of Salarwala Sangla Hill road just outside the main city. The chief feature and logical reason for the name of the town is a hill. The magnificent peak of this hill is visible from five miles. Three are two police stations, police station Sadar and City police station. The town also has 2 degree colleges, one for boys and one for girls.The whole city is built around the Main bazaar and the Committee bazaar which lie at the heart of the city and acts as the economic centre of the city. All the shops and Markets are situated here and it also acts as the primary source of Income.The Place has been very famous and different stories are famous about Alexander the Great visiting it and liking it. It is strange due to the presence of a lonely hill in it. This hill is strange because the land almost within 100km does not contain any hills and is a perfect plain. The city is 20km south-west of Shahkot and 35km North West of Sheikhupura.In the surrounding of Sangla Hill there are many villages, including Kotla: who has the reputation of providing a superior primary education. Historically, despite of limited resources, Kotla’s Primary School has produced some very bright students who have passed the Board Exams with the highest scores in the whole district, those students have been honored and recognized by the Punjab Board’s of Education by granting scholarships.
Cricket like all the other parts of the country is the game of choice for majority. Along with cricket, indoor games like snooker and billiard are also played. Some other games like chess, badminton and football are also played seasonally.Volleyball is being played in adjacent Villages. Specially a Village named Dhuroorkey and Longowal team of Volleyball is very famous in that region.The village longowal criket team is very famous. The city has a cricket stadium, which is neglected for years by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The city also has a community play ground where gym, and basket ball grounds are available.
Hill Park
The British government had built a railway to carry off the stone from the hill of the city. This tradition continued even after partition. The hill got smaller and smaller and got reduced to the size of a 5 story building. Due to the conservation demands of some locals, government was forced to stop stone cutting from the hill. In 1990-1991, local MNA Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir secured funding from the Punjab government for a recreational park. The park was built around the hill with plantation and rides for children. The park was inaugurated by Member Parliament Barjees Tahir, and further grant was also announced for the park.Recently a contract was completed by the local government in which stairs were built to the top but for hikers there is still the back side of the hill which is very difficult to climb. There is a Mizaar at the hill known as Baba Malkoo ka Mizaar here each year a carnival is held in November in which people from all over the area gather the carnival was held first time in 2001.Children have many playing facilities. The hill top offers a panoramic view of all around green fields and flowing water of Canal Rakh Branch[edit] PoliticsMufti Zafar Ali Nomani (Ex Senator. First Parliamentarian from the town. Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir is very famous politician and was elected four times (three times in a row) as MNA since 1990 from Sangla Hill. Recently, he also won fourth time as Member National Assembly (MNA) in 2008 general election. He belongs to PML(N). In the 2002 elections Mr Shamim Haidar was elected Who was later on designated as Minister of Railway and then as Minister of sports. He belongs to Shahkot: a neighbouring sub-district. In 2008 General election he lost again to Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir.Mr. Munir Ahmed Malik has been elected twice as a Member provincial assembly from PP-139 — Sheikhupura and he belongs to Sangla hill.There are other individuals who have played an active role in the politics and bringing social balance to Sangla hill. It would be unfair of not mentioning them. These people include: Ch. Muhammad Jamil (late) Ejaz Hussain Bhatti(Ex- Chairman Sangla hill Baldia) Munir Ahmed Malik (Ex-MPA)[2] Haji Nazir Ahmed(Quid-e-Ghariban), Ex-MPA PP- 139 — Sheikhupura, Punjab Assembly[3] Shiekh Asif Jilani(Ex- MPA PP-139 — Sheikhupura- Punjab Assembly[4] Syed Abdul Latif Ahmad Shah (Ex- MPA PP-139 — Sheikhupura- Punjab Assembly (late))[5] Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, sitting MPA PP-139, — Sheikhupura -Punjab Assembly[6] Zulfiqar Ahmad Awan (Ex- MPA PP-139 — Sheikhupura- Punjab Assembly (late))
AirportThe closest airport is Faisalabad International Airport which is approximately 65 kilometres from the city through Faisalabad, and is a major transit point for exporting goods to other parts of Pakistan and abroad. Passenger flights are run by the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), and several private airlines. See also Lahore International Airport Road transportThere are few well-maintained roads in Sangla hill which connect the city with other cities, but has major links with main roads making it well located in a moderate road network. There is no public bus network within the city but many privately operated rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and tangas.For outer routes there are buses and wagons. HighwaysThere is a link road through Sahianwala Interchange through which you can travel to other cities of the country through M2(Motorway). Rail networkThe Central railway station is the main railway station built during the British reign around the nineteenth century. The station is used to take people to all parts of Pakistan from Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar and many more cities and towns of Pakistan.A large amount of cargo is exported and imported into Sangla hill with many deliveries a day from all parts of the Pakistan.

Hameed Nizami 

Hameed Nizami was born in Sangla Hill (Sheikhupura) on January 3, 1915. He left his home town in 1932 to study at Islamia College, Lahore. After graduation he moved to Forman Christian College, Lahore for his M.A. in English.

While in Islamia College he edited the College magazine "Crescent" with the additional honour of being the Deputy Editor of "Sarbaan", a political and literary monthly.
He was the founder President of the 'Muslim Students Federation' in 1937. This student body played a pivotal role in galvanizing the Muslim Youth under the banner of Muslim League.

It was immediately after the adoption of the 'Pakistan Resolution' that under the instructions of the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hameed Nizami started the fortnightly "Nawa-e-Waqt" on March 27 , 1940 from Lahore. In November, 1941 it was converted into a weekly and in July 1944 into a daily newspaper. On all these three occasions, the Quaid felicitated Hameed Nizami for his endeavours. Indeed the very idea of the Nawa-e-Waqt was to plead the Pakistan cause. Despite being a spokesman of the Muslim League, the Nawa-e-Waqt was neither a party paper nor did Hameed Nizami desired it to 00 so.

Hameed Nizami belonged to a breed of Journalists who had started their career as activists in the Freedom Movement.

Until his untimely death on February 25, 1962 at the young age of 46, he conducted the policy of his Paper in letter and spirit of Hadith which still appears on the editorial page of the 'Nawa-e-Waqt'.

"REAL JIHAD IS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH BEFORE A TYRANNICAL RULER”. Hameed Nizami's belief in the freedom of the Press was absolutely unassailable. According to him "a dishonest and sycophant Press can do no service to the country or the government in power. On the contrary an opposition or critical Press cannot do even one-tenth of the damage that a sycophant Press can do to a government. The sycophant Press keeps the leadership unaware of the sentiments of the people and the real happenings in the country. By doing this it creates a false sense of security amongst the ruling elite which unintentionally starts thinking that the populace is very happy with their policies". (Excerpts from an editorial of Nawa-e-Waqt..

One of the most distinguished aspects of Hameed Nizami's bent of mind was that he considered journalism to be full-time, all-embracing profession. Once he became a journalist, he refrained from active politics. He was a prolific speaker. He considered his newspaper to be better vehicle to serve the cause of Pakistan than going into active politics.

Another important aspect of Hameed Nizam .s policy bias for the Nawa-e-Waqt was his total rejection of those who had opposed the creation of Pakistan.