Location of Karak District (highlighted in orange) within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa map
|Established||Karak was granted district status in July 1982|
|• District Nazim||Gul Sawali (Pacha)|
|• District Naib Nazim||Sultan Rehman (Naatty)|
|• Total||3,372 km2 (1,302 sq mi)|
|• Density||128/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Number of Tehsils||3|
Karak (Pashto: کرك, Urdu: کرک) is a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is situated to the south of Kohat District and on the north side of Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts on the main Indus Highway between Peshawar and Karachi - it is 123 km from the provincial capital Peshawar. Karak is said to be the single district in Pakistan which is inhabited by only one tribe of Pashtuns — the Khattak.
Pashto is main language spoken in khattak land. Urdu being National language is also spoken and understood.
Until 1956, this whole area was ruled by the Teri Nawab. Teri was the capital and the only Tehsil. It had tappas (satrapies): Teri, Seni, Khurram and Barak. In 1982, Karak Dstrict was carved out of Kohat Tehsil.
The district is populated by Khattak tribe.
Karak has one of the largest uranium mines in Pakistan under supervision of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Gas has been recently discovered in Shakardara, Gurguri Makori and noshpa banda areas. Agriculture is the main source of living of people.
The district of Karak is administratively subdivided into two tehsils.
- Banda daud shah
The climate is hot during the summers, with temperature touching 40-45, and sand storms are common in Tehsil Takht-e-Nasratti. However, Lakkara regions are the coolest part in summer where people use blankets at night. The best time to visit is between Nov-April with lush green fields of wheat, grams.By the reason of the Khattak nationality is very hard-worker As a highly education ratio with very low crime rate Khattaks of Karak are playing very important role in bureaucracy, Education, health, Army, Corporate organizations etc. in all over Pakistan on very high positions.
The series of high and low mountains of salt range enter into Karak from Punjab. There are large number of salt mines in Jatta Ismail Khel Garh jawal khel and Bahadar Khel areas. There are also large number of mines of Gypsum in Jatta valley and Garh jawal khel. Now due to the gas discovery in Makori and Nashpa huge number of industries are being installed beside the road in Jatta Ismail Khel. Jatta Ismail Khel is now becoming emerging economic solution for Karak.
Karak district is represented in the National assembly by one MNA, Nasir khan Khattak represented by PTI.
The district is represented in the provincial assembly by two elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:
Constituency MPA Party PK-40 (Karak-1) Gul Sahab Khan Khattak (PTI) PK-41 (Karak-2) Malik Muhammad Qasim Khattak (PTI) Women Reserve Seats Dena Naz Khattak PTI
Diverse wild life across the district with annual hunting season of quails, cranes, black and brown pheasants. It is a well known place for hunting quails (batair) and fowl. There are game reserves used for hunting by the VIPs. One such hunting place is Darab o' Kachch abundant in partridges and quail. Hunting is a popular pastime in the area.
There are a number of Melas (fairs) that take place on a weekly basis, Sabirabad mela on Monday,Latamber Mela on Wednesday, land kamar mela on Friday and takht-e-e Nasratti mela on Saturday are the most famous fairs of the district with people attending, buying daily food stuff, cattle, also people from neighbouring Bannu attend these fairs.
The two and most popular as act like the vegetable buying in the certain level as below
1. Karak city mela on Sunday 2. Metha Khel mela on Tuesday 3. Land Kamar mela on Friday 4. Takht-e-Nasrati mela on Saturday 5. Mianki(Machaki) mela on Monday 6. Latamber fair on Wednesday 7. Teri mela on Wednesday