Mirpur is located at the extreme south of the state and is
linked with Pakistan and the district of Azad Kashmir through
several routes. District Mirpur comprises partly plain and
partly hilly areas. Its hot climate and other geographical
conditions closely resemble to those of Jhelum and GUJRAT
the adjoining districts of Pakistan. The people of this area
are basically agriculturists. During the last four decades
a large number of people from this district have gone abroad,
especially to United Kingdom for earning their livelihood.
As such, they are today the major foreign exchange earning
resource for Pakistan.
As it adjoins the industrial cities
of Pakistan, the Government of Azad Kashmir has successfully
endeavored to develop it as an industrial place and promote
private investment for establishing Textile, vegetable ghee,
garments, scooters, cosmetics and many other industries.
Mirpur, the district headquarter is situated at an elevation of 459
meters A.S.L It is linked with the main Peshawar- Karachi Grand Trunk
Road at Dina, a small town about 15 kilometers short of Jhelum city.
The construction of Mangla Dam converted the old Mirpur
town in to a big artificial lake and effected a population of about
50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated
on the bank of Mangla Lake. The city is well planned and buildings
are mostly of modern design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial
city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available
in Mirpur. All these aspects have converted this place into an attractive
tourist spot. Mangla has special attraction for the tourists coming
on short visits because of its proximity to Jhelum, Lahore and Rawalpindi/