District Profile of Loralai [2020]

District Profile of Loralai [2020]
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Name of the district is derived from the Loralai stream, a confluent of Anambar and Nari streams. Loralai is situated at 4,700 feet (1,430 meters) above sea level. Loralai, district consists of a tehsil namely, Bori (Former name of Loralai) and a sub-tehsil Mekhtar, Tehsil Bori is the major city of the district while sub-tehsil Mekhtar are major towns of the district. It is connected by road with Quetta, Ziarat, Zhob, Pishin, and Dera Ghazi Khan. 

The surrounding region consists of a series of long, narrow valleys hemmed in by rugged mountains varying from 3,000 to 10,000 feet (1,000 to 3,000 meters). Loralai District was formerly known as Bori. It is inhabited by Pashtoon tribes such as Kakar, Nasar and Luni. The district was created in October, 1903. The present boundary of Loralai district comprises of a Tehsil namely Bori and sub-tehsil Mekhtar.

District Loralai is managed by an elected Municipal District body i.e., District Nazim and Tehsil Nazim and the DCO. The population of Loralai district is estimated to be 397,400 in 2017. Loralai has been famous for its agriculture/horticulture and livestock holdings. Almonds and apricots are popular across the country. Communications network of Loralai city is well established with Radio station broadcasting, telephone exchange, and Mobile communication services. Recently three private companies have started their services along with V-wireless communication service. Many NGOs are working in Loralai district especially for the Afghan refugees and host communities.

Due to long drought and scarcity of water resources large number of fruit orchards vanished as a result of which inhabitants of the district shifted to other business. Most promisingly a new line of Fluorite and Marble businesses have been booming in the district. A lot of marble processing factories have now been established in the district, which provides marble tiles to various parts of Pakistan. Traditionally, overall source of income was agriculture & livestock, whereas Coal and Marble is expected to have a maximum share in the economy of the district in near future.

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