Nowshera (Pronounced “Nau Shaar” or “Nau Khaar” in Pashto, “Nu Shera” in Hindku and “Nowshera” in Urdu languages) is one of the most fertile, peaceful and strategically located central districts of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The district was a part of Afghanistan as Nowkhaar Province till it was annexed into British India via the Durand Line Agreement.
The district was also part of the Peshawar Division until the reforms of The Government of Pakistan.
There are three military cantonments situated in Nowshera district, which are Cherat cantonment, Nowshera cantonment and Risalpur cantonment. Therefore, Nowshera is also one of the most prominent districts of Pakistan.
Earlier, Nowshera was a Tehsil (Administrative sub-division) of Peshawar district. Its status was upgraded to District level during the regime of Pakistan People’s Party in 1988. It is also one of the largest cities of the province and lies on the Grand Trunk Road 27 miles due east of Peshawar at 34°0’55N 71°58’29E.