Namli Maira is a mountainous rural area located in Abbottabad
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. It is one of the 51
union councils of
Abbottabad District, and takes its name from the
two largest hamlets in the Union Council, Namli and Maira. These
settlements are nestled on mountain ridges about 20 kilometres from
the city of Abbottabad, in the foothills of Miranjani, the highest
peak in the district. A metalled road connects
Namli Maira to the main
Nathia Gali road and is an alternate route to reach
Nathia Gali from Abbottabad.
Namli Maira is around 3 kilometres away
Bagnotar on the main road.
2 Climate and crops
3 Livelihood and economy
7 2005 earthquake
The Union Council is administratively divided into Dhaki Khaiter,
Namli Maira, Noor Mang, and Pagar Panghora areas.
Villages in the area include:
Central Namli Garaanh (tandi,behskaribandi,dera,Narhiah) [capital]
upper Kals Jaster
Barrian noor mang
Climate and crops
Being at a high altitude, this region hosts extreme winters (starting
October) and a temperate and slightly humid summer (April onwards)
which temperatures reaching 30C. July and August also see the monsoon
which cause a pleasant drop in temperature.
Farming is the main occupation of the population. The farming is done
by oxen in remote areas but in villages with better accessibility the
land is ploughed by machinery. The two crops grown there are rabi and
kharaif. The major rabi crops grown in the area are potato and maize,
and the kharaif crop is only wheat, in a very small area of village.
The wheat is used for cattle and for grain only. Some vegetables are
also found here, including turnip, radish, peas, pumpkin, beans and
Fruits like pear, apple, black grapes, grapes, fig, peach, damson
plum, mulberry, wild fig, lemon, apricot, charry are found in
abundance in Namli Maira. As the hill people lack awareness of the
markets, they are unable to get a proper return. These fruits are
therefore used for subsistence.
Most of the area around these mountain villages is covered with trees.
Peaks are covered with evergreen trees including pine, walnut, oak and
maple trees. Herbs, shrubs, wild flowers and thorny bushes can be seen
in abundance. Goats and other pet animals graze the pastures.
Livelihood and economy
The main occupation of the people is subsistence farming and cattle
breeding. Farmers cultivate one crop per season as climatic conditions
do not permit double cropping. The other occupation is cattle
breeding. Cows, sheep and goats are kept to supply milk for daily use
of the household. Bullocks are used to work the plough. Poverty has
forced many people to seek economic opportunities in the plains.
Besides earning livelihood doing odd jobs in nearby towns, many have
joined the army and civil service. Hotels in the nearby hill towns of
Murree provide another source of employment to
the locals. After turmoil in Swat,
Namli Maira is gradually becoming
popular with tourists from down country.
Wood is the primary source of fuel and home construction, as there is
no gas in Namli Maira. People go to forests and cut trees so that they
can light fires for cooking and other activities. Those who can afford
them use LPG gas cylinders.
The population of
Namli Maira is Muslim, belonging to the
About 90% belong to the
Karlal (Sardar) tribe. Other tribes in this
area include Turks, Awan, Malik, Abbasi and a handful of Mughals.
The mother language of the people of
Namli Maira is Pahari پہاڑی,
which is slightly different from Pothwari. Locals also speak and
understand Hindko, Urdu,
Pashto and English. The elderly people of the
area can also speak and understand Persian and Arabic.
Namli Maira village has one of the highest literacy rates for the
district. The literacy rate of
Namli Maira is about 92%. Government
and private schools cater to the elementary educational needs of the
residents. There are Primary schools for boys and girls, Government
Boys High School and Girls High School. A number of private schools
are also available. Habib Public School 2000, Model Public Schoo(l987)
is the oldest and famous school of the village, Abaseen Public School
are the oldest schools and have been extending free education to
hundreds of poor students since 1987. Al-falah Public School in
Chanati and Iqra Public School in Upper Maira Kalan are the smallest
Since the earthquake of 2005 tourists prefer Nathi Gali and
surrounding areas like Namli Maira, Kala Bagh,
Mushkpuri. The approach to
Namli Maira is the same from
Abbottabad (32 km from either side).
Miranjani (also known as
"Choki") is one of the most popular sites of Namli Maira. Mirajani
stands approximately 9,000 feet above sea level. There is an old track
adjacent to Mirajani which connects
Nathia Gali to Thandiani. Along
the track lies a British-era forest rest house, called Dagri Bangla by
the locals. The location of the building, in the middle of thick
forest, colonial style of construction and remoteness give it an aura
Main article: 2005
On 8 October 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck the northern
areas and Kashmir, causing significant damage to housing and a large
number of deaths. Aftershocks were felt through December. As some
houses were damaged in the earthquake, the Pakistani army donated
money and funds for the people.
^ a b District Profile: Abbottabad, Earthquake Reconstruction and
^ Administrative Units of District
Abbottabad Archived 2007-04-03 at
the Wayback Machine.
Administrative divisions of
Bandi Atti Khan
Banda Pir Khan
Pind Kargu Khan
Seer Sharqi Bhattian