Khalabat Township (KTS) is one of the 44 union councils, administrative subdivions, of Haripur District in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.Lay out design of Khalabat township is similar to sectors in Islamabad. Some of the resident are the richest people in the northern Pakistan.
Latitude 34.0500 Longitude 72.8833 Altitude (feet) 1440 Lat (DMS) 34° 2′ 60N Long (DMS) 72° 52′ 60E Altitude (meters) 438 Khalabat township is located on the way from Haripur to Tarbela Lake.
Residencial construction started in 1974, Khalabat Township (KTS) is a modern town with quality infrastructure situated between the district capital Haripur and Tarbella Lake. The town was named after the village Khalabat which had submerged in the Tarbela lake. It was famous for citrus fruit gardens. A village of the same name inhabited by the same tribes also exist in Swabi District. The name Khalabat is a combination of two words ‘Khala’ and ‘Bat’. Khala means upright and bat means stone. There was a ten feet high stone column erected in the ground of Khalabat. Around 96,000 Effectees of 120 village which were submerged due to Tarbella Dam resides in Khalabat Township and Kangra Colony (in Haripur on Hattar Road). Famous villages that got submerged were, Khalabat, Jahar, Luqmania, Jathoo, Dari, Laloo Gali. Unemployment is wide spread in the young generation due to lack of business and job opportunity.All the industries situated here which were providing employment had been closed.
Khalabat Township comprises 4 sectors and 2 Union, Tarbela Union Council comprises Sector 1 and Sector 2. Khalabat Union comprises sector 3 and sector 4. On entrance to Khalabat Township there is Chunge (Toll Plaza) after passing thorugh the Toll Plaza the first Chowk is known as Babu chowk, then comes Digi chowk and then comes Chandni Chowk. Khalabat Township has lot of Chowk and speed breaks, In all together there are almost 168 speed breaker in KTS. Main locations points are Chandni Chowk, Main Chowk, Pakhral Chowk, Darri Chowk, Uthman Chowk, Tanoli Chowk, and Anora Moorr. Main chowk is the most busiest in town for shopping as shops which sell clothes, shoe, jewellery, hardware, furniture, fast food ,cold spots etc. A large Government graveyard is situated in Sector 3. A Public Library has been established inside Town Committee building for general public of the whole area. A Civil Hospital has also been establisted in KTS. Credit goes to Late Akhtar Nawaz Khan for establisment of Hospital and Colleges in KTS.
Society of Khalabat is very rich in culture and establishment of traditions.The Hujra and Jirga still exists in the town. In there daily life the Pathan of Khalabat still follows Pathanwali tradition. People of Khalabat are sports loving and they enjoying playing VolleyBall, Football, Field Hockey, Cricket, Kabaddi and Snooker.
There are number of villages around Khalabat Township, some of them are Qazian, Jaamah, Karpehan, Dobandi, Nakka, Malikyar, Chohar, Momiya, Khewa etc.
Summers are hot and winter are cold in Khalabat Township.
There are a number of Government boys and girls school, with a good number of private schools. In recent years a number of higher education institute has been set up by the government and they are, Government Techincal College in sector 4, Women Degree College in sector 3, Degree college for Boys in sector 1, Some of the famous private schools are Quaid-e-Azam Public School, Pakistan Public School, Model Public School, Dawn Public School.
Language spoken is Hindko and Urdu, a very tiny population speaks Pashto.
Famous People of Khalabat Township
Late Fayaz Khan, Late Akhtar Nawaz Khan (Ex. MPA), Late Sher Azam Khan (PML-N), Late Malik Khan Afsar, Salim Khan, Ghohar Nawaz Khan (current MPA), Iftikhar Ahmed Khan (Ex. Tehsil Nazim of Haripur), Late Wakel Haider Zaman, Late Muhammad Ismail Khan, Pir Alamzeb Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad Tanoli, Sajjad Khan (Pakistan International Volleyball Players), Maj. Gen (Ret.) Muhammad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Syed Mussarat Shah (VC UET Peshawar), Syed Iqbal Shah (VC Agri University), Dr. Tariq Shah (Professor at QAU), Dr. Farasat Zaman (research scientist at Karolinska Institute-Sweden), Zahid Khan (Prof. at Hazara University), Admiral Noman Bashir(Current Chief of Naval Staff )
Tarbela Lake for fishing and hunting. Boats can be hired by the visitors to have a tour of the Tarbela Lake, these can be seen standing at the sides where u reach by road from Haripur also, local people use them to get to the villages at the mountains and fishermen use these for fishing. Sports stadium situated in Sector 4 known as Shaheed Akhtar Nawaz Khan Stadium.
When Khalabat township was under construction in early 70’s. Government announced tax free industrial zone, and this announcement attracted lots of industrialists. In this industrial zone companies like Kawasaki motorcycles, Rehana woolen mills, Orion television, Ashi marbel, Jhon steel mills, Shafi woolen mill, Tarbela Cotton and Spinning mills were setup. Except Tarbela Cotton and Spinning mill which is still running rest has closed down there business and have moved out, due to these closures there is a huge unemployment in Khalabat township.