Khanewal is a city and the capital of Khanewal District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the 36th largest city in Pakistan by population. Khanewal is named after the earliest settlers here who belonged to the caste ‘Daha’ (A Sub-Caste of Panwar Rajput) and used ‘Khan’ in their names. That is how the city came to be known as ‘khan-e-wal’.
Khanewal has a long and illustrious history dating back to the early 1900s. Khanewal is well-known for its cotton farming. The Daha (a Rajput caste) are thought to have been the first inhabitants and founders of Khanewal. Khanewal's biggest castes are Bodla, Khagga, Siyal, Haraj, and Daha. Khanewal is a historic city whose foundations were constructed by the British Empire due to its importance as a railway junction. The city served as a crossroads for the Wazirabad-Khanewal railway line, providing a link to Karachi through Lahore.