Lakki Marwat District

Lakki Marwat

لکۍ مروت
District
Location of Lakki Marwat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Location of Lakki Marwat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
CountryPakistan
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
HeadquartersLakki Marwat
Government
 • District NazimIshfaq Ahmad Khan Meenakhel
 • District Naib NazimArab Khan PTI
Area
 • District3,164 km2 (1,222 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
 • District876,182
 • Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
 • Urban89,420
 • Rural786,762
Time zonePST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils2
Websitewww.lakkimarwat.gkp.pk

Lakki Marwat (Pashto: لکۍ مروت‎; Urdu: لکی مروت) is one of the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan. It was created as an administrative district on July 1, 1992, prior to which it was a tehsil of Bannu District.

Etymology

See also History of Lakki Marwat

One story says that a battle was fought between the Marwat tribe and Wazir and Marwat tribe started to unite as an army. The army was of a size that people said that it was almost one Lac Marwat. Then the word "Lac" became Lakki.[citation needed]

Another possible origin of the name may have come from Afghanistan where a tribe was living in about 1556, and the name of the tribe was Marwat tribe, during the rule of Akbar in about 1556–1605.

Another story links this name to one Lakki Ram or Lukko Ram, a Hindu trader who is considered to be the original founder of this town. Yet another source[which?] claims that the town was initially known as Ihsan Pur.[citation needed]

The second part of the District’s name comes from the warrior tribe of Marwat who has inhabited the entire area for several centuries.

Lakki derives from Pali language,[2] which is equivalent of Laksmi, goddess of beauty and fortune. The last part of its name is emarta'watta, which means 'source of elixir'. Over time it was changed to Marwat. It is a metaphor for the Gambila River.[3]