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Topaye
Topi
Topaye is located in Pakistan
Topaye
Coordinates: 34°02′N 72°22′E / 34.04°N 72.37°E / 34.04; 72.37
Country  Pakistan
Province North-West Frontier Province
District Swabi
Tehsil Topi
Elevation 337 m (1,106 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of towns 1
Number of Union councils 2
The names of these places are "Urdu-ized" - the locals do not use this pronunciation. Locally Topi = Topaye; Swabi = Sawa'Baye; Tarbela = tuR'Bella; Kotha = koTa etc.

Topi is a town in Swabi District of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The town, located in the east of the district[1], is administratively subdivided into two Union councils, Topi East and Topi West.[2]

It is the birthplace of Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan, who was a pioneer of modern education in the Province. He founded Islamia College in 1913 and Government High School in 1935 and also donated land for the establishment of these educational institutes. Topi is located west of the Tarbela Dam and chhachh, the world's largest earth filled dam. Tarbela Dam is also the largest hydroelectric generation project in Pakistan, producing 3400 megawatts of electricity.

Topi and the villages Kotha, Maini and Batakara constitute "Uthman". Uthman is the branch of the famous Yousafzai tribe. The town of Topi became well known after the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI), named after (Ghulam Ishaq Khan), a former President of Pakistan, was established here.

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Subdivision and politics

Topi is split between two union councils, Topi (East) and Topi (West). Topi is further divided into Alizai, Akazai and Kanazai. Alizai is comprised of Mohallah Booba Khel, Punj Pao, Ismail Khel and Suma Khel. Akazai is comprised of Mohallah Urr Ibrahim, Khadar Khan Khel, Painda Khel, Sabi Khel, Pir Azghi and Niki Khel. Kanazi is comprised of Mohallah Musa Khel, Mohalla Awan, Musa Khel Mero, Bara Khel, Sana Khel and 'Ghulam & Muhammad Khan Khel'.

The chief organizer of the Peoples Youth Organization of PPPP is Muhammad Shafiq Akhunzada. Gul Hayat Khan is the Nazim and Saleem Javed is the Naib Nazim of the Union Council Topi (East) while Humayun Khan is the Nazim and Muhammad Nawaz (Malik/Numberdar of Topi) is the Naib Nazim of Union Council Topi West. The president of the Pakistan Peoples Party Swabi District is Haji Munfa'at Khan is also from Topi. The president of the Awami National Party of Topi (East) is Mir Ghulam Awan.

People

Topi is a business centre for nearby villages such as Marghuz, Zaida, Swabi, Gadoon and Amazai areas. Many people have their own business whereas members of the educated community work in the public and private sectors. A large number of people work abroad. About 20 percent of its population have come from other parts of the Swabi district or N-W.F.P. province in for work. In 2006, Topi became a Tehsil - which is an administrative subdivision of a district.

Religious scholars

Topi has produced many of religious scholars such as Molana Bacha Gul, Usman Ustaz(Fazle Ameen) and Molana Gulfam Shah who made peace amongst the residents.

Social sector

Influential citizens include:

  • Mohammad Akbar Khan: a nephew of Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum, The founder of Islamia College, Peshawar. He had many sons including Lt.Gen. Shireen Khan who after his retirement served as an Ambassador in Afghanistan.
  • Sahibzada Abdul Hameed Khan: His father was a cousin of the founder of Islamia College. He was a prominent Muslim-League leader. The land for High-school & Primary-school was donated by him.

Education Sector

There is a Government High School for boys and one Higher Secondary School for girls. There are also several private Schools, such as Tameer e Millat Public School, Awan Public School, Sarhad Public School, Utman Public School and Shaheen Public School.

Sports

Cricket is the most popular sport in the area, and Topi has produced some quality cricketers. Lucky Star, M16 (formaly known as F-16) and S.C.C are generally considered to be the best cricket teams in Topi. Football is also popular in the area. Makha is the traditional game of Swabi, in which different villages compete against each other. Makha is a shooting game in which a bow and an arrow is used with a large stick that has a flat dish-shaped head (Tobray).

See also

References

http://mytopi.50webs.com/

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