Soon Valley

The Soon Valley (Urdu: وادئ سون) or Soon Sakesar is located in the northwest of Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan.

The Soon Valley starts from Padhrar village and ends in Sakesar which at 5010 feet is the highest peak of the Salt Range. The Soon Valley is convert|35|mi|km long and on average is convert|9|mi|km wideFact|date=October 2007. There are some special features of this valley that distinguish it from other areas, without knowing about them it is very hard to understand its importance. Chitta, Sabhral, Khoora, Nowshera, Kufri, Anga, Ugali, Mardwal, Dhadhar, Uchali and Bagh Shams-ud-Din are important towns in Soon valley. Kanhatti Garden, Sodhi Garden, Da'ep and Sakesar are resorts to visit. The Awan tribe is settled in Soon Valley.

Information

Population = 1,45,000.00
Total Villages = 31
Main Villages = Naushahra, Kufri, Uchali, Khoora, Kufri, Anga etc
Distance from Islamabad = 160km
Distance from Sargodha = 110km
Famous For = Mahmud of Ghazni Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi pass through this region during his achievements.
Famous Personalites = Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi (Poet), Maulana Ghulam Murshid (Khatib Badshahi Mosque Lahore), Abdul Qadir Hassan (Columnist), Ghaus Muhammad Malik, Dr. Ahmed Bakhsh (Neurosurgeon), Malik Muhammad Sarwar Awan (Historian)
Lakes = Uchali, Khabbaki, Jahlar

Transportation

Soon Valley is accessible through public transport from Islamabad (M2 Balkasar Interchange), Lahore (M2 Kalar Kahar Intrechange), Sargodha, Khushab and Mianwali. It is about 2 and half hours from Khushab, from Islamabad you can enter in valley by Jabah road via Talagang. After crossing Jabah town you will pass through Ahmadabad, Khabakki town makrumi chouk and Mardawal before reaching the main Town of Soon valley Naushehra. Naushehra is the main town of Soon Valley and transport for all surrounding villages is available from there. For Khushab and other eastern villages main bus/taxi stop is Mardwal Chowk while for villages west of Naushehra Y-Cross serves as Bus/Taxi point.

Villages west of Naushehra are Sabhral, Kufri, Koradhi, Uchhali, and Chittah before reaching the Pakistan Air Force Base of Sakesar.

Villages in North West of Naushehra are Sirhal, Shakarkot and Anngah and UGALI.

Villages in North East of Naushehra are Mardowal, Dhadar, Ahmadabad, Khabakki and Jabah.

Villages in South West of Naushehra are Surraki and Jahlar.

Villages in South of Naushehra are Chamraki and Sodhian but there is only paved way for these villages.

Villages in East of Naushehra are Dhakah, Mirokah Dhakah, Jalay Wali, (Uchhalah is not on main road), Sodhi Jai Wali, Kaliyal, Khurrah, and Kathwai.

There are many scattered colonies of certain families which are called Dhok. Usually at every Dhoke there are 2 to 10 houses.
******the visitors who want to be in soon valley by local transport dfor fun then they may have easily a bus from peerwdhaie at 6:00am, 7:15am, 7:45, 8:30am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 1:50pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and from karachi company Islamabad via peerwdhaie at 7:15 am, 7:45am, 8:30am.

Lakes and Places to watch

There are three well-renowned Uchalli Lake, Khabikki Lake and Jahlar Lake, Teetar (Urdu name of a bird). A beautiful Rest House always welcome to visitors.

Village Uchhali is famous for the beautiful Uchhali Lake, which presents beautiful scenery with Sakesar Mountain... People of soon are very loving, hospitable and brave. They possess very high traditional moral values and do not compromise on principles. The whole Soon valley is full of beautiful scenes and people. People have a great respect for each other thats why crime rate is very low there. In short, the typical village culture of subcontinent can be found there. Though people are not very rich there but they are happy for what they have.

Tribe

The main tribe of the area is the Awan tribe settled in the Soon valley with Malik as sub cast is used by the locals, such as Pirkal in Jallay wali, Majhial in Mardwal, Lalaal, Bazral , Chhatal in Ugali, Phatwal and Mianwaddal in Anga and so on. In the valley Awan's are known by their sub castes. A majority of the people are serving in the armed forces of Pakistan. Other professions like education, business, transportation and agricultural are also adopted by the locals.

Renowned Personalities

Village ANGAH is famous for renowned late poet Ahmed Nadim Qasmi. It is said that it is very old village in valley. It remained school of Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Pir of Golra sharif Rawalpindi: also famous scholar Maulana Ghulam Murshid , Khatib Badshahi Mosque Lahore , belong to this village. Zaheer Babar editor of Imroz and neurosurgeon Dr Ahmed Bakhsh are few others sons of soil to whom everyone is proud. Village UGALI has a very emerging poet Nazir Ahmed Mukhlis.

Village KUFRI is famous for renowned Religious personalities like Hafiz Muhammad Bakhsh, Peer Aziz Ahmed, Moulana Ahmed Raza. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Malik child specialist of Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Ahmad Raza Awan Advocate of GK Foundation, Commander Mehboob Alam shaheed also belong to Kufri.

Village KHABAKKI is known for its beautiful lake and its natural beauty and also for its famous poets/scholars e.g Yousaf Gibrael and Iqbal Dost due to his highly popular Urdu poetry books including JAM-E-KHUDI(which is being translated in English) and AAP KE NAAM.

Village "NAUSHAHRA" is famous for being regional headquarter having better health facilities, markets , police stations, local court & Telephone exchange. The famous cast in this area is "ARAEEN", with famous persons like Sobedar Mohammed Lateef MA Islamyat & khateeb in local mosque, Muhammad Rafique Senior Headmaster (PHD English) Islamiya High School Lahore, Muhammad Hanif Malik Operations Mangager UBL Sargodha zone.

Columnist Abdul Qadir Hassan (Khurrah) and a prominent scholar Syed Ahmad Saeed Hamadani belong to this land. Also from the village of Sabhral is a world renowned neurosurgeon Ghaus Muhammad Malik. The village of Sodhi has produced many great and brave sons of this country like Brigadier Ghulam Muhammad Malik (G.M Malik). Malik Muhammad Sarwar Awan (Late) of Naushehra was a great historian of this land. He was very famous about his research in sense of antiques. His house is a huge Museum.

Uchhali is second Major Village of Soon Valley Famous persnalities are DR Nasir Khan E D O Health Sargodha Malik Khuda Bakhsh D i G Bhawal Pur


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