SDNP has also been working on models of e-governance
and District Management Information Systems. In this regard,
the following district Websites have already been launched:
This information rich website goes back to Gwadar's ancient
history in its well-written introduction. It gives details
of the hierarchical administrative setup, topography,
and productive sources of economy. Intensive information
about Gwadar's customs and beliefs, climate and environment,
industries, social infrastructure, health, telecommunications,
education, population, financial institutions, and NGOs'
involvement make for enlightened reading.
site is an extensive source of data on the Kech district
of Balochistan. Kech is among the four largest districts
within the province. It holds a central position, geographically,
and administratively. It is the most densely populated
Makran division. Details regarding its administrative
setup; agriculture, forestry, livestock and fishing; mining
industry; utilities; transport and communication; education;
health; community services is available on this website.
Information is accessible about its restaurants and hotels;
customs and beliefs; banks and important telephone numbers.
The site provides results of the local government elections
2000-2001, and a downloadable report on district consultative
meetings held at Kech.
district derives its name from "Thar" and "Parkar".
The name "Thar" is from "Thul", the
general term for the region's sand ridges and "Parkar"
literary means "to cross over". The area is
mostly desert and consists of barren tracts of sand dunes
covered with thorny bushes, and a tropical desert climate.
This information rich website outlines the area's ancient
history, which is traced from the 11th century onwards,
describing the culture, customs and traditions of the
people and their professions in agriculture, cattle and
livestock rearing, coal, granite and sulphur mining. Historical
places include Bhalwa; Bhodisar; Gori; Kasbo; Mithi; Nagarparkar;
Naukot; Virawah and Warwai. Detailed maps,
statistical information on health, education, administrative
setup, and a separate section on Tharparkar's drought
is also available online. Lists of books about, and prominent
people from, Thar; local NGOs/CBOs working there and a
downloadable document on Tharparkar's historical profile
make for absorbing reading. A unique feature of this website
is that some of the pages are available in the Sindhi
Dadu District: The site is a database containing information
on the district of Dadu, situated in the province of Sindh.
Comprehensive information on the history, geography, culture
and various other aspects of the district has been presented.
Additionally, a special feature on the environmental degradation
Of Manchar Lake and a detailed drought report and links
to other related information sites have also been provided
on the website.
Beginning with a brief geographical introduction about
Chakwal, the cultural section provides insight into the
way of life of people living there, their dress; marriage
customs; occupation; food and health. Superstitions and
beliefs peculiar to the area, and customs and traditions
also make for interesting reading. Details about the health
units, education, agriculture, industry, district administration
and important contact numbers are also available at this
site. Tourists will find a guide to shrines in Chakwal,
and historical information and beautiful images about
Kallar Kahar, Katas Raj, and Malot Fort intriguing.
The city of Abbottabad was founded in 1853. This information
rich site provides details about the population, tourism,
culture, languages, customs and traditions prevalent in
the area. Places of interest to visitors include Ayubia;
Dungagali; Nathiagali and Thandiani. A list of development
agencies and NGOs working in the district; education and
health institutions; contact information in case of an
emergency or complaints and details about the district
administration are also available on this site, together
with relevant contact information.
This informative website showcases Kohat's ancient history,
flora, fauna and customs of the people's way of life through
their cultural festivals; the most famous of which is
the Khattak dance. The first historical mention of Kohat
is found in the memoirs of Emperor Babar who visited Kohat
in 1505 AD. The total area of the district is 2545 square
kilometers. Its topography is dominated by mountains,
hills and the Kohat valley, which is an agriculturally
rich area. Summers and winters are extreme. Kohat has
an old tradition of sending its young men to the armed
forces. The government service, agricultural activities,
transport, business and arms manufacturing are major sources
of earning in the region. Together with the administrative
setup, it provides rich statistical data on agriculture,
industry, education, population, employment and health
facilities. Important historical places include Darra;
Khushal Garh; Kohat town; Lachi; Shakardarra and Tanda
The area constituting Mardan district is part of the Peshawar
valley, which first appears in history as part of the
Gandhara Kingdom. Until 1937, Mardan district was a part
of Peshawar district. It was then set up as an independent
district after the name of its headquarters town.
This website contains information about Mardan's history
and culture; geography and administrative setup. Details
regarding its agriculture, education, health, industry,
trade and statistical data are also available online.
Historical sites include Shahbaz Garhi, Kashmir Ghar,
Sawal Dher, Jamal Garhi, Takht Bahi and Sarai Behlol.
With traces of the earliest settlements going back to
1500 BC, Chitral district of NWFP lies in the north of
the province. It is landlocked and remains completely
cut off from the rest of the country for four to five
months during the winter season. Famous passes include
the Lawari Pass (10500 ft.); the Arandu Defile (3577 ft.);
the Shandur Pass (12035ft.) and the Durah Pass (12305ft.).
The people of Chitral form an ethnic mix of tribes like
the Afghans, Dameli, Dangerik, Gawari or Arandui, Gujars,
Khow, Kirghiz, Madaklashti/Tajik, Pathans, Sariquli and
the Wakhi. Rich in tourism, Chitral's products and handicrafts
include embroidery, finger rings, rugs, woodwork, dry
and fresh fruit. Information about its district government;
the development agencies working there and their projects;
a map and picture gallery, are some of the features available
on this information-rich and elegantly designed website.
Badin district is situated between 24º-5` to 25º-25`
north latitude and 68 21â to 69 20â east longitude.
The district is bounded on the north by Hyderabad district
on the east by Mirpurkhas and Tharparker districts, on
the south the Arabian Sea and Rann of Kutch, which also
forms the international boundary with India, and on the
west it is bounded by Thatta and Hyderabad districts.
The total area of the district is 6,726 square kilometers
and the district consists of five talukas, they are Badin,
Matli, Tando Bago, Golarchi and Talhar and with the introduction
of the Devolution System the talukas have been sub-divided
into the Union Councils numbering 49, Tapas 109 and Dehs
While IUCN Pakistan Programme is helping District Government
Badin to help them formulate Strategy for Sustainable
Development for District Badin, IUCN's Knowledge Management
Unit has launched Badin District website as an Information
sharing tool on various aspects for the District. The
website offers geographical, topographical, historical
and cultural information. It gives details of the hierarchical
administrative and political setup, along with details
of the districtâs health units, educational institutions
and business centers. The website also features a picture
gallery and a list of all the hotels and restaurants of
These websites represent the diversity of
cultural heritage, customs, governance and other related information
of these districts. Both government and civil society sources
have contributed to information on these websites and there
is a great ownership among the stakeholders for them. Work on
some other district websites like Kalat and Peshawar is also