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Sheikhupura

Administration
Full nameSheikhupura|native_
Official nameSheikhupura|native_name= 
Native name 
Settlement typecity
CountryPakistan
ProvincePunjab
DistrictSheikhupura
Geography
Total Area2300.6 sq mi (5960 km2)
Elevation774.3 ft (236 m)
Demography
Total Population657000 (2011)
Pop. Estimate400000( 2006)
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC+5)
Number of Union councils14

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Sheikhupura or Shekhupur ( ), formerly Kot Dayal Das ( ) or Singhpuria ( ) or Virkgarh (ورک گڑھ), is an industrial city in the province of Punjab slightly northwest to Lahore in Pakistan. It is known for its historical places, and is commonly known locally as Qila Shaikhupura, because of the fort in the city, constructed by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The name Sheikhupura is derived from a nickname of Jahangir, who was known as Sheikhu by his father Akbar the Great. The city is the headquarters of Sheikhupura District and is approximately 35 km from Lahore. The original name of Virkgarh was renamed by Jahangir.

The city was renamed Singhpuria in Sikh rule, and had a large Sikh population prior to Partition in 1947, Gurudwaras are seen throughout the city.


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