Toba Tek Singh is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located between 30°33' to 31°2' Degree north latitudes and 72°08' to 72°48' Degree longitudes
Origins of Name
The town and district is named after a Sikh religious figure Tek Singh. Legend has it that Mr. Singh a kind hearted man served water and provided shelter to the worn out and thirsty travellers passing by a small pond ("TOBA" in Punjabi) which eventually was called Toba Tek Singh, and the surrounding settlement acquired the same name. There is also a park(Teko Park)here named after the Sardar Toba.
Toba Tek Singh was developed by the British toward the end of the 18th Century when a canal system was built. People from all over the Punjab (currently Indian and Pakistani Punjab) moved there as farmlands were allotted to them. Most of the people who migrated there belonged to Lahore, Jalandhar,hoshiar pur districts. The Imperial Gazetteer of India described the tehsil of Toba Tek Singh as follows:
"Tahsil of the new Lyallpur District, Punjab, lying between 30°50' and 31°23' N. and 72° 20' and 72°54' E., with an area of 865 square miles (2,240 km2). The population in 1906 was 148,984. It contains 342 villages, including Toba Tek Singh (population, 1,874), the head-quarters, and GOJRA (2,589), an important grain market on the Wazirabad-Khanewal branch of the North-Western Railway. The land revenue and cesses in 1905-6 amounted to 4.7 lakhs. The tahsil consists of a level plain, wholly irrigated by the Chenab Canal. The soil, which is very fertile in the east of the tahsil, becomes sandy towards the west. The boundaries of the tahsil were somewhat modified at the time of the formation of the new District of Lyallpur".
During 1970's, when many Pakistani cities were renamed to change names given after British Rulers to their original or native names or more acceptable names to local population like Montgomery was renamed to its old original name Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh remained one of the very few cities to maintain its original name mainly because of reputation of Tek Singh. In 1982 Toba Tek Singh, formerly a subdivision, was separated from Faisalabad District and became a separate district.
Toba Tek Singh is located in central Punjab and occupies 3252 square kilometres and is made up of large areas of lowlands that flood frequently during the rainy season; the floods originate from the Ravi River that runs along the southern and southeastern borders. The Pre-partition T.T.Singh had a sizeable Sikh population which migrated to Indian Punjab in 1947.
According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the population was 805,580 of this, 520,601 were Muslim and 284,979 were non-Muslim (mainly Christian). According to the 2008 estimate the population had risen to 1.39 million.
The district of Toba Tek Singh is administratively subdivided into three tehsils and 82 Union Council
Toba Tek Singh
Until the year 2000, when the Divisions of Pakistan were abolished, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang districts were part of Faisalabad Division (this included Faisalabad District.
Major towns in Toba Tek Singh District are:
* Toba Tek Singh
Khalid Lodhi - The most brilliant Engineer of Toba Tek Sing.
2. Doctor Farooq Ahmad Gill - first international neurosurgeon from Pakistan.
3. M. Hamzah, Ex-MNA, great statesman, freedom fighter.
4. Choudhry Asad ur Rehman ex Minister and MNA.
5. Mian Muhammad Aslam Advocate ex Vice President Of Lahore High Court Bar Association
6. Choudry Muhammad Ashfaq ex MNA and ex District Nazim.
7. Choudry Khalid Rashid Grewal ex Vice President of Lahore International Society.
8. Choudry Abdul Sattar is currently District Nazim of Toba Tek Singh and is also ex MNA.
9. Choudhry Muhammad Jawwad Saif First nanotechnologist from Toba Tek Singh district in the field of chemistry. He is also the inventor of a united state patented process.
10. Choudhary Yasir Idrees. Internationally recognized Material Scientist from Toba Tek Singh.
11. Athar Bashir Choudhry"Awami".Ex- District president (PSF). He is a civil rights activist for local farmers and students of Pakistan.