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This article is about the Pashtoon tribe. For the pashtun clan, see Kakkar. For the village in Iran, see Karkar, Selseleh. For the deer, see Muntjac.

The Kakar is a Pashtun tribe, with members living in Pakistan, Mashad(Iran) and Afghanistan.

Legendary origin[edit]

Kakars are sons of Ghurghasht (Ghurghakht), who was the son of Qais Abdul Rashid. According to historians, Ghurghasht was alive in 388 AH (Hijri).

In Herat, the Kakar are locally called Kak. Historically, the tribe has been called Kak-kor (lit. family of Kak). The tomb of Kakar (or Kak) is in front of Herat central Jamia Masjid's gate. Some historians concur that Kakar was first buried in Kohistan, but Sultan Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq brought the body to be re-buried in a mosque in the city of Herat.

Kakar’s father’s name was Dani. Dani had four more sons named Panai, Babai, Naghar and Davi. Kakar had 18 natural sons and four adopted sons - 22 sons altogether.


According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908); the Kakar, historically the first tribe in Balochistan with (105,444) persons, the Tareen historically are the second largest tribe in Baluchistan with 37,906 persons (though this likely includes the Durrani), and the Pani (20,682) and Shirani (7,309).[citation needed]

The Kakar tribe has also established an empire in present Pashtun territories; the originator of the Kakar tribe was Dani, who was son of Ghurghasht and grandson of Qais Abdur Rashid.


Further reading[edit]

  • History of Pashtoons,sardar Qurban Ali Jogezai 1979, by Sardar Sher Muhammed Gandapur (Persian)
  • A History of Afghan, 1960, by Abdul Hai Habibi (Persian)
  • The Pathans, 1967, by Sir Olaf Caroe
  • Tarikh-i Khan Jahani wa Makhzan-i Afghani, 1500–1600, by Khwaja Nimatullah Heravi and Hebat Khan Abubakarzai Kakar.(Pashto) (Persian)