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Kakul is a town situated in the Kakul Valley at an elevation of 1300 metres, 5 km northeast of Abbottabad city near the Thandiani Hills, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The population is around 30,000.
Kakul was a rural area prior to the establishment of a Boer Prisoner of War camp here during the Boer War, circa 1899-1902, by the (then) Government of British India which site was placed under the official management of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles. Later on, the POW camp was converted into an army mountaineering and PT school until 1947-48, and a portion of it also remained the offices of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps (RIASC). It was this site, which was later chosen for the new post-independence Pakistan Military Academy, which is located in the eastern side of the valley. On rural side main tribes residing in Kakul union council are Jadoon, with scattered Gujjars, Syeds and Awans.
The township of Kakul is the headquarter of Kakul Union Council. The Union Council is divided into the following areas: Aspadar, takia, Bandian, Malach, Balolia, Kakul, Mandroch Kalan, Mandroch Khurd, Nawansher Janoobi and Nawansher Shamali.
- Parrett, C. 'Boer POWs at Kakul, Abbottabad' in Durbar: Journal of the IMHS, Vol 28, No 1, Spring 2011, p. 3-8, Pub. UK, by the Indian Military Historical Society
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