The origin of the name Gujranwala is shrouded in mists of time and one is forced to reffer again to the first gazetteer 1874. Gujranwala is known for its extensive production of sugarcane, melons and grains for international export. Gujranwala exports one of the world's finest quality varieties of rice. The Gujranwala city has set up several commercial and industrial centres allowing the manufacture of ceramics, fans, electrical switch gears, engineering tools, agricultural machinery, steel bars, cutlery, ceramics, crockery, iron safes, metal tool, utensils, textiles, woollen sweaters, bath room sanitary fittings, ceramic floor tiles, marble tiles and tannery production. Gujranwala city is the home of strong wrestlers and bodybuilders of the subcontinent, which has resulted in the nickname 'City of wrestlers' or Phelwana da shehar in Punjabi. for some reason the Jaat Tribe Gujar occuipied the land. They reach such dominance that the town came to be known as Gujranwala is majority of the Sahnsi people continued to cultivate the land but were weak.
Dr.Qureshi cites oral evidence from a resident and also cites inflection of the word Gujjar to support his conclusion " we , the inhabitant of Gujranwala " have two sounds of the letter Gaf- the soft letter and the hard leter. We pronounced Gujranwal with the soft one .The word Gujar " milkman " is pronounced with the hard Gaf and Gujrar Jaat with the soft Gaf therefore it is not unreasonable to accept the view that it is from Gujjars(milkman) that the citi got its name.
Gujranwala is a rapidly developing commercial and industrial nerve center in Pakistan. It is playing a major role to support the Pakistan economy. It is a large industrial city with numerous textile mills, cutlery industry and large agricultural processing plants. Major exports include rice, sanitary fittings, textiles, plastic furniture, pots, room coolers and heaters, gas stove, agricultural tools and equipments, electrical equipment, carpets, glass goods, surgical equipment, leather products, metal utensils, automotive machinery parts, and machinery for military uses, transformers, electric fans, hosiery, washing machines, rice husking plants, agricultural implements, motorcycles, food products, domestic & industrial motors are being manufactured which have been displayed in Made-in-Gujranwala exhibitions every year
Dr.Waheed Quereshi names four villages in the Vacinity at the time of Abdalies invasion i.e in the late18th century.
1. Sirai Kachi: A european merchant in the area in 1608 ad.and mentioned in his memoir a place he calls Coojes Serai .before finch there is a very little evidence in history of Sirai Kachi . by the late 18th century it was a wagon stop village an inn and a graveyard. Probably the antecedent of Chaman Shah garavyard in existance today.
2.Sirai Gujran : This village existed in the area inside the current Khiyaaly Gate in the city. Hafiz Abdul haq in his " Tareekh-e-Gujranwala" and " Molvi Adbul Malik in his " Shahan-e-Gujran" mention Sirai Gujran.
3.Sirai Kambohaan: Charat Singh a sikh leader built a Mud Forte here in 1758 .
4. Thatta : This village existed between the current railway line and the G.T.Road .Charat Singh son Mahaan Singh develop this village
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