After the name of Sir James Lyall, the British Government ascribed the first name of this city which was the fertile land of Sandal Bar. The city of Lyallpur came into being in 1880. Captain Poham Young designed the city center with eight roads emerging from a large clock tower, to imitate the Union flag.
With the Progress of colonization, Lyallpur was given the status of Tehsil of District Jhang. Baba-e-Qaum, Qaid-i-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah honored this land in 1943, and addressed a big gathering of over 20 Lac people in the famous Dhobi Ghat Ground.
To commemorate deep friendship between two great brother Islamic countries, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, in 1977, the name of this city was changed to â€œFaisalabadâ€ after the name of our friend, king of Saudi Arabia, Shah Faisal (r.a). Faisalabad is twinned with the Manchester of United Kingdom. This, one of the first planned and systematic cities in the subcontinent, is a hallmark of agriculture and industry with a strong and ever developing thrust in these sectors. It is also the third largest city of Pakistan and is catering to the needs of more than six million people.
The expanded production of cotton, wheat, sugarcane, vegetable and fruits form the major bulk of Pakistanâ€™s exports. Faisalabad International Air Port, Dry Port, Industrial Zone, Engineering Works, linkage with Motorway, railway repair yards, and mills that process the sugar, flour and oil seeds are facilitating this hub of industrial activities. The Faisalabad international cricket and hockey stadium host the international matches. The city is a fertile area of great leadership in all walks of life, politics, education, sports, agriculture and economy.
In 1985, Faisalabad was given the status of division comprising at present over the districts of Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Take Sing and Chiniot.