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Shangla, Swat, Pakistan

In Malakand Division Shangla District exit. which is part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Alpuri is district headquarters of Shangla. Shangla was previously a subdivision of Swat District.

It became district on July 10, 1995 by the orders Ex Chief Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao. Area of the district is 1,586 square kilometres.  Pashto is spoken by most of the population. Shangla comprises two sub division, Alpuri  and Puran Tehsil.  There are four (4) sub tehsils  Besham, Chakesar, Martung  and Makhuzai. Besham lies on bank of Indus river. Kurakuram Highway passes through it.

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  1. Puran (Urdu: پُورن ) is a sub-division and tehsil of Shangla District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The subdivision includes three tehsils viz: Puran itself, Martung and Makhuzai. Puran Sub-division comprises nine Union Councils. The subdivision borders Chakesar, Buner, Swat, Kala Dhaka, River Indus.

    Major towns and villages of the tehsil are Aloch, Nimkalay, Chagam, Sundavi, Sanila, Bengalai. Kotkay, Kolalai, Chowgha and many more. Aloch is the central town and is the tehsil and subdivision headquarters.

    Puran is a green valley and has fantastic scenic beauty. The name Puran is supposed to be derived from the Hindi word Pooran which means full moon. Residents of Puran believe that the name is probably because of the great natural beauty of the valley.

    Puran Tehsil has a population of more than 90000 people. Literacy rate in Puran is about 10% for male and 5% for female. People mainly live on farming and grow three major crops namely wheat, maize and rice. Fruits and vegetables are also grown but not on commercial scale.

    Agriculture in Puran depends on rains and no proper irrigation system exists in the valley. However, the valley gets enough precipitation and the crops are seldom effected due to no or less rains. Rice fields are irrigated from natural springs and rivers. Puran is rich in small rivers and natural springs and underground water is a few meters from the earth surface in Aloch. Most of the people in Puran belong to the sub-sect Babozai of the major tribe Yousafzai. People of Puran are famous for their moral values and hospitality.

    Puran has been home to many politicians of the national level. Ex- Provincial minister Pir Muhammad Khan and Ex-Federal Minister, present Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan and PML (Q) President of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Amir Muqam belong to Puran Shangla.
    (Faizullah Yusufzai Puran Shangla)

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