General

Grand Kashmir :-

Since Mirpur adjoins the northern plains of the Punjab, the climate is quite hot during the summer times. The city itself has gone through a process of modernization while most of the surrounding area remains agricultural. Mirpur is known for its grand buildings and large bungalow-houses primarily funded through its ex-pat community mainly which is resident in the United Kingdom. The main crop cultivated during spring is millet. However, there are places where other crops such as wheat, maize and vegetables are also grown. The production of electricity, through Mangla Dam makes this district somewhat unique in the entire region which provides energy needs for Azad Kashmir and Northern Punjab province much to the consternation of the locals which typically leads to unannounced energy blackouts.

The main language of the area is Potwari or its variants known as Pahari. In addition the Gojri dialect is also spoken by the Gujars who emigrated from the neighboring Rajouri district of the Indian administered Kashmir.

A significant portion of the population is settled in England (UK) – mostly in the Midlands and north. For this reason Mirpur is sometimes known as “Little England”. Many products from the UK are found in this city and UK Pound sterling are accepted in many stores.

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