A Established in 1925 as a strategically important British Royal Air force Base vide Government of Bombay Revenue Department Notification No.4840/24 dated 04-11-1925, the Faisal Cantonment was then known as "Drigh Road Cantonment". The municipal limits of Faisal Cantonment were altered in 1988 vide SRO 419(1)/88 dated 07-06-1988 with excision of the area of Azimabad No.1, Massan Ghat, Haidri Goth, Rehmanabad Housing Project, Tandoor Colony, Pak Sadat Colony, Millat Colony and New Iqbalabad; and again altered in 1995 vide Government of Pakistan Ministry of Defence SRO No.788(1)/95 dated 01-08-1995 with extension towards Civil Aviation, KDA Officer Co-operative Housing Society, Town ship and Malir Halt areas. As of today, Faisal Cantonment comprises an area of 10198.05 acres having a population base of 130,074 in accordance with the fifth population census of 1998. Faisal Cantonment is a Class-I Cantonment vide SRO (1)/2002 dated 26-01-2002.
As per yardstick provided vide Section 13 of the Cantonments Act, 1924 and as per census of 1998 showing a civil population of (1,30,074) individuals. The Cantonment of Faisal is a Class – I Cantonment. It has been divided into Ten Electoral Ward. As per the latest Census in 1998, its population must be well over Three Hundred thousand if the population of troops stationed at Faisal Cantt is added.
There are two Bazar Areas, one declared under Section 43-A of the Cantonments Act, 1924 and the other notified under Rule 2(b) of the C.L.A Rules, 1937 as per details given below: -
- An area measuring 55.94 acres was declared as “Bazar Area” under Section 43-A of the Cantonments Act, 1924 vide late Government of India Notification No. 385, dated 22-5-1937. It was further extended by including the contiguous areas measuring 173-76 acres vide Ministry of Defence Notification No. S.R.O 1202(I)/80, dated 29-11-1980, thus bringing the total to 193.70 Acres (i.e. 783869.57 Sq. Metres).
- Another area of 266.46 acres (i.e. 1078316.40 Sq. Meter) was notified as “Bazar Area” under Rule 2(b) of the C.L.A Rules, 1937 vide Ministry of Defence Notification No. 923/55, dated 04-11-1955. A proposal was initiated to convert this notified “Bazar Area” too, into the declared Bazar Area under section 43-A of the Cantonments Act, 1924 vide Cantt Board Peshawar letter No. 6/2-B/(V)/193, dated 19-5-1983. Somehow the proposal could not be finalized for want of Govt: sanction.
- The Cantt Board vide Resolution No. 54, dated 24-4-1988 proposed to declare the areas now as R.A Bazar (Topkhana Bazar) and Shaheed Bazar as “Bazar Area” under section 43-A of Cantonments Act, 1924 with a view to ensuring better public convenience and Municipal Administration. These areas are presently under the management of M.E.O, Peshawar Circle, Peshawar Cantt and the Board has very restricted control over it. The Station Headquarter letter No. 6/2-b(V)/2424, dated 25-5-1988 to accord “N.O.C” to the declaration of the above area as “Bazar Area” under section 43-A of Cantonments Act, 1924 but the “N.O.C” has not yet been granted.
- Boundary pillars of the notified “Bazar Area” and the main Cantonment mostly exist.