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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 19, p. 332.


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PAKOKKU TOWN
toddy-palms which abound in the District. Pakokku is the chief
market for the Yaw and Chindwin trade, the imports consisting mainly
of jaggery, hides, cutch, teak, and bamboos. The town is a regular
port of call for the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's steamers. The mail-
boats leave for up-river stations as far as Mandalay and down-river
stations as far as Rangoon twice a week, and for the Chindwin stations
once a week. An additional service of two steamers a week plies to
Monywa, and a daily launch goes to and from Myingyan.
Pakokku was constituted a municipality in 1887. The municipal
receipts and expenditure during the ten years ending igoi averaged
between Rs. 38,ooo and Rs. 39,000. In 1903-4 the income was
Rs. 46,ooo, the principal sources of receipt being bazar rents
(IRS. 20,ooo) and house tax (Rs. ir,ioo). The expenditure amounted
to Rs. 48,000, the chief items being conservancy (Rs. i i,ooo) and
roads (Rs. 7,ooo). The water-supply is obtained from the river and
from wells. The municipality maintains i i miles of metalled, and 8
miles of unmetalled roads. There is no municipal school, but the
municipality gives Rs. 6oo a year to the Wesleyan Anglo-vernacular
school in the town, and also supports a hospital.
Pakpattan Tahsil.-Tahsal of Montgomery District, Punjab, lying
between 29 58' and 30 38' N. and 72 37' and 73 37' E., with an
area of 1,339 square miles. It is bounded on the south-east by the
Sutlej. The population in 19oi was 121,776, compared with 111,971
in 189r. It contains one town, PAKPATTAN (population, 6,192), the
head-quarters, and 354 villages. The land revenue and cesses in 1903-4
amounted to Rs. 2,o6,ooo. The tahsil lies wholly in the lowlands which
stretch from the southern edge of the central plateau of the Bari Doab
to the right bank of the Sutlej. The western half, except for a. narrow
strip along the river, is a vast waste. The eastern half is more fully
cultivated, owing to the irrigation from the Khanwah and Sohag and
Para canals.
Pakpattan Town.-Head-quarters of the tahsil of the same name
in Montgomery District, Punjab, situated in 30 21' N. and 73 24' E.,
29 miles south-east of Montgomery station on the North-Western
Railway. Population (19oi), 6,192. Pakpattan is the ancient Ajodhan,
which probably derived its name from the Yaudheya tribe (the modern
Johiyas). From a very early date it was a place of importance, as the
principal ferry across the Sutlej and the meeting-place of the great
western roads from Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan. The
fort is said to have been,captured by Sabuktagin in 977-8 and by
Ibrahim Ghaznivid in 1079-8o. The town owes its sanctity and
modern name, `the holy ferry,' to the shrine of the great Muhammadan
saint Shaikh-ul-Islam, Farid-ul-Hakkwa-ud-Din, Shakar Ganj (1173-

1265), which was visited by Ibn Batuta (1334). The town was besieged
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