Upper Dir District

Upper Dir (Pashto: دیر بالا‎) is one the 24 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The district was formed in 1996, when Dir District was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir.

Language & Tribes

Pashto is the main language. A few people speak Hindko (a variant of Punjabi), Gujari and Khowar (Chitrali).

The majority of the population in this area are Yousafzai and Swati Pashtuns while the ruling class was khosro.


The district is administratively subdivided into six tehsils which contain a total of 31-3=28 (3 UCs shifted to Lower Dir namely Khall, Akhagram and Toor Mang) Union Councils:

Name of TehsilNo. of Unions
Barawal 3
Chapar 3
Dir 13
Kalkot 3
Khal 4-3=1 (3 UC shifted to Lower Dir)
Wari 8
Total 31-3=28(3 UCs, shifted to Lower Dir


Upper Dir is represented in the National Assembly and Provincial Assembly by one elected MNA and three elected MPAs respectively who represent the following constituencies:


NA-33 (Upper Dir) Najum-din Khan Pakistan Peoples Party
PF-91 (Upper Dir-I) Muhammad Anwar Pakistan Peoples Party
PF-92 (Upper Dir-II) Bacha Salih Pakistan Peoples Party
PF-93 (Upper Dir-III)Cum Lower Dir (3 Union councils in Dir Lower) Malak Hayat Khan Independent



Except for Dir and a number of rapidly growing bazaar towns along the main roads, the population is rural, scattered in more than 1200 villages in the deep narrow valleys of the Panjkora and its tributaries.

Of these, notable villages are:

  • Khas Dir
  • Barawal
  • Gandigar
  • Sahiba-bad
  • Sundrawal
  • Ganori

Division of Dir

Dir district was officially split into Upper Dir and Lower Dir in 1996. Until 2000 as funds were not available to provide the accommodation needed at Dir town by government departments at a district headquarters, both districts continued to he administered by a single deputy Commissioner stationed at Timergara in Lower Dir.

Popular Places

  • Kumrat
  • Shahi Koto
  • Wari
  • Barawal Bandi
  • Ganori
  • Nowra
  • Akhagram
  • Duryal Karodarra
  • Zormandi Karodarra


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