|Lake Saif ul Muluk, Naran|
|Established||July 1, 1970|
|• Body||Provincial Assembly|
|• Governor||Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi|
|• Chief Minister||Pervez Khattak (PTI)|
|• Chief Secretary||Amjad Ali Khan (PAS/ex-DMG)|
|• High Court||Peshawar High Court|
|• Total||74,521 km2 (28,773 sq mi)|
|• Density||300/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|ISO 3166 code||PK-KP|
Pashto, Hindko, Khowar, Kalami, Torwali, Shina, Saraiki, Gujari, Maiya, Bateri, Kalkoti, Chilisso, Gowro, Kalasha-mondr, Palula, Dameli, Gawar-Bati, Yidgha, Burushaski, Kyrgyz, Wakhi
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا [pəxtunˈxwɑ]; Urdu: خیبر پختونخوا [ˈpəxˈtuːnxwaː]), (KPK) formerly called North-West Frontier Province, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the north-west of the country. It borders the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the west and south, Gilgit–Baltistan to the north-east, Azad Kashmir to the east, Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory to the south-east, and Afghanistan to the north-west. The province of Balochistan is located southwards. The provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Climate
- 4 Language
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Provincial Government
- 7 Important cities
- 8 Economy
- 9 Social issues
- 10 Folk music
- 11 Education
- 12 Sports
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Before independence, the North-West Frontier Province voted to join Pakistan in a referendum on July 2, 1947; 50.1% of the registered voters(only 15% less than that in 1946 elections) exercised their vote and majority (99.02%) of them voted for Pakistan. There was no option in the polls to vote to become a sovereign state independent of India and Pakistan. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and his Khudai Khidmatgars boycotted the polls with other nationalistic or pro-India Pashtuns. Some have argued that a segment of the population was barred from voting.
Afghanistan claims Pashtun-dominated western areas of the territory as its own. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Afghanistan was the only country to vote against Pakistan’s accession to the United Nations because of Kabul’s claim on the Pashtun territories on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line. The population of this region as per the 1901 Census of the North West Frontier Province was 2,125,480, out of which Muslims were 1,957,777, Hindus were 134,252 and Sikhs were 28,091.
Independence and Afghan War
Afghanistan's loya jirga of 1949 declared the Durand Line invalid, which led to border tensions with Pakistan. Afghanistan's governments have periodically refused to recognize Pakistan's inheritance of British treaties regarding the region. During the 1950s, Afghanistan supported the secessionist Pushtunistan Movement that failed to gain substantial support amongst the tribes of the North-West Frontier Province. Afghanistan's refusal to recognize the Durrand Line and its subsequent support for the Pashtunistan Movement has been cited as the main cause of tensions between the two countries that have existed since Pakistan's independence. After Ayub Khan eliminated Pakistan's provinces, Yahya Khan, in 1969, abolished this "one unit" scheme and added Amb, Swat, Dir, Chitral and Kohistan to the new North-West Frontier Province as the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas.
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979–1989) the North-West Frontier Province served as a major base for supplying the Mujahideen who fought the Soviets during the 1980s. Following the arrival of Soviet forces, over five million Afghan refugees poured into Pakistan, most residing in the North-West Frontier Province (as of 2007[update], nearly 3 million remained). The province remained heavily influenced by events in Afghanistan. Civil war in Afghanistan (1989–1992) led to the rise of the Taliban, which had emerged in the border region between Afghanistan, Baluchistan, PATA and FATA as a formidable political force.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the FATA and bordering North-West Frontier Province became a front-line region again, as part of the global "War on Terror". In 2010 the name of the province changed to "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa". Protests arose among the local Hindkowan, Chitrali, Kohistani and Kalash populations over the name change, as they began to demand their own provinces. Seven people were killed and 100 injured in protests on 11 April 2011.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sits primarily on the Iranian plateau and comprises the junction where the slopes of the Hindu Kush mountains on the Eurasian plate give way to the Indus-watered hills approaching South Asia. This situation has led to seismic activity in the past. The famous Khyber Pass links the province to Afghanistan, while the Kohalla Bridge in Circle Bakote Abbottabad is a major crossing point over the Jhelum River in the east.
The province has an area of 28,773 mi² or (74,521 km²). The province's main districts are Peshawar, Mardan,SWABI Charsadda Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat, Kohistan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra, Battagram, Swat, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral, Buner D, Bannu and Karak. Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu are the main cities.
According to the 1998 census, the population of the province was approximately 17 million, of whom 52% are males and 48% are females. The density of population is 187 per km² and the intercensal change of population is of about 30%.
Geographically the province could be divided into two zones: the northern one extending from the ranges of the Hindu Kush to the borders of Peshawar basin and the southern one extending from Peshawar to the Derajat basin.
The northern zone is cold and snowy in winters with heavy rainfall and pleasant summers with the exception of Peshawar basin, which is hot in summer and cold in winter. It has moderate rainfall. The southern zone is arid with hot summers and relatively cold winters and scanty rainfall.
The major rivers that criss-cross the province are the Kabul, Swat, Chitral, Kunar, Siran, Panjkora, Bara, Kurram, Dor, Haroo, Gomal and Zhob.
Its snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys of unusual beauty have enormous potential for tourism.
The climate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa varies immensely for a region of its size, encompassing most of the many climate types found in Pakistan. The province stretching southwards from the Baroghil Pass in the Hindu Kush covers almost six degrees of latitude; it is mainly a mountainous region. Dera Ismail Khan is one of the hottest places in South Asia while in the mountains to the north the weather is temperate in the summer and intensely cold in the winter. The air is generally very dry; consequently, the daily and annual range of temperature is quite large.
Rainfall also varies widely. Although large parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are typically dry, the province also contains the wettest parts of Pakistan in its eastern fringe.
Chitral District lies completely sheltered from the monsoon that controls the weather in eastern Pakistan, owing to its relatively westerly location and the shielding effect of the Nanga Parbat massif. In many ways Chitral District has more in common regarding climate with Central Asia than South Asia. The winters are generally cold even in the valleys, and heavy snow during the winter blocks passes and isolates the region. In the valleys, however, summers can be hotter than on the windward side of the mountains due to lower cloud cover: Chitral can reach 40 °C (104 °F) frequently during this period. However, the humidity is extremely low during these hot spells and, as a result the summer climate is less torrid than in the rest of the Indian subcontinent.
Most precipitation falls as thunderstorms or snow during winter and spring, so that the climate at the lowest elevations is classed as Mediterranean (Csa), continental Mediterranean (Dsa) or semi-arid (BSk). Summers are extremely dry in the north of Chitral district and receive only a little rain in the south around Drosh.
At elevations above 5,000 metres (16,400 ft), as much as a third of the snow which feeds the large Karakoram and Hindukush glaciers comes from the monsoon since these elevations are too high to be shielded from its moisture.
Central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
|Climate chart (explanation)|
On the southern flanks of Nanga Parbat and in Upper and Lower Dir Districts, rainfall is much heavier than further north because moist winds from the Arabian Sea are able to penetrate the region. When they collide with the mountain slopes, winter depressions provide heavy precipitation. The monsoon, although short, is generally powerful. As a result, the southern slopes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are the wettest part of Pakistan. Annual rainfall ranges from around 500 millimetres (20 in) in the most sheltered areas to as much as 1,750 millimetres (69 in) in parts of Abbottabad and Mansehra Districts.
This region’s climate is classed at lower elevations as humid subtropical (Cfa in the west; Cwa in the east); whilst at higher elevations with a southerly aspect it becomes classed as humid continental (Dfb). However, accurate data for altitudes above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) are practically nonexistent here, in Chitral, or in the south of the province.
The seasonality of rainfall in central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa shows very marked gradients from east to west. At Dir, March remains the wettest month due to frequent frontal cloud-bands, whereas in Hazara more than half the rainfall comes from the monsoon. This creates a unique situation characterized by a bimodal rainfall regime, which extends into the southern part of the province described below.
Since cold air from the Siberian High loses its chilling capacity upon crossing the vast Karakoram and Himalaya ranges, winters in central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are somewhat milder than in Chitral. Snow remains very frequent at high altitudes but rarely lasts long on the ground in the major towns and agricultural valleys. Outside of winter, temperatures in central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are not so hot as in Chitral. Significantly higher humidity when the monsoon is active means that heat discomfort can be greater. However, even during the most humid periods the high altitudes typically allow for some relief from the heat overnight.
Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
|Dera Ismail Khan|
|Climate chart (explanation)|
As one moves further away from the foothills of the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges, the climate changes from the humid subtropical climate of the foothills to the typically arid climate of Sindh, Balochistan and southern Punjab. As in central Pakhtunkhwa, the seasonality of precipitation shows a very sharp gradient from west to east, but the whole region very rarely receives significant monsoon rainfall. Even at high elevations annual rainfall is less than 400 millimetres (16 in) and in some places as little as 200 millimetres (8 in).
Temperatures in southern Pakhtunkhwa are extremely hot: Dera Ismail Khan in the southernmost district of the province is known as one of the hottest places in the world with temperatures known to have reached 50 °C (122 °F). In the cooler months, nights can be cold and frosts remain frequent; snow is very rare, and daytime temperatures remain comfortably warm with abundant sunshine.
- Urdu, the lingua franca, being the national language is spoken and understood.
- Pakhto is the major language, spoken and understood in the whole province.
- Hindko, a Punjabi dialect, is in the majority in the Kohat, Peshawar, Abbottabad and Haripur districts of Hazara Division
- Saraiki, spoken by people in the southern Districts of DI Khan and Tonk
- Chitrali, by people in the north specially in district Chitral.
- Standard Punjabi, minority living in the major cities and cantonment areas
- Kohistani, by people from the north.
- Gojri: minority throughout the northern half of the province.
- Dari/Hazaragi/Tajik, varieties of Persian by Afghan refugees
Only Urdu and English are found as written languages in the city, with Pashto and Dari/Tajik/Hazaraga to a much smaller extent. The provincial language is Pashto, spoken by the majority as first language; Urdu, the national language, is widely spoken as a second language. English, the official language of Pakistan, is mainly used for official and literary purposes.
The province has an estimated population of about 21 million. The largest ethnic group is the Pashtun, who historically have been living in the areas for centuries. Around 1.5 million Afghan refugees also remain in the province, the majority of whom are Pashtuns followed by Tajiks, Hazaras, and other smaller groups. Despite having lived in the province for over two decades, they are registered as citizens of Afghanistan.
In most rural areas of the centre and south, Pashtun tribes can be found including the Yusufzai, Bangash, Bhittani, Daavi, Khattak, Qazi khail also known as Qaziye Babar, Gandapur, Gharghasht, Marwat, Afridi, Shinwari, Orakzai, Mahsud, Mohmand, Wazir and Bannuchi as well as other tribes of Hazara division•, Swati, Kakar, Tareen, Jadoon, Tanoli, Gujar, Maliar, and Mashwani.
There are non-Pashtun tribes including Arain Maliar, Jat, Mughal, Turks, Karlal, Rajpoot, Dhund Abbasi, Syed, Awan, Kashmiri, Qureshi and Sarrara. The mountainous extreme north includes the Chitral and Kohistan districts that are home to diverse Dardic ethnic groups such as the Khowar, Kohistani, Shina, Torwali, Kalasha and Kalami.
However in the southernmost district such as Dera Ismail Khan live some of the Baloch tribe: Kori, Buzdar, Kanera, Leghari, Rind and some other sub tribes of Lashari tribe. These Baloch tribes speak Saraiki as their first language. In this southern district, most of its population speaks Saraiki.
Most of the inhabitants of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa profess Islam, with a Sunni majority and significant minorities of Shias, Ismailis, and Ahmadis. Many of the Kalasha of Southern Chitral still retain their ancient Animist/Shamanist religion.
|Provincial animal||Kabul Markhor|
|Provincial bird||White-crested Kalij Pheasant|
|Provincial tree||Juniperus squamata|
The unicameral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly consists of 124 seats: 3 (2%) of them reserved for non-Muslims and 22 (17%) for women.
The President of Pakistan appoints a Governor as head of the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There is a directly elected Provincial Assembly, which has 124 elected members (including 22 seats reserved for women and 3 seats for non-Muslims). The Provincial Assembly elects a Chief Minister to act as the chief executive of the province, assisted by a cabinet of ministers.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa consists of 25 districts, comprising 20 Settled Area Districts and 5 Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) Districts. The administration of the PATA districts is vested in the President of Pakistan and the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, by Articles 246 and 247 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Peshawar is the most populated and Abbottabad is second-most populated city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The 25 districts are:
where Peshawar and Abbottabad are class A city.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the third largest provincial economy in Pakistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's share of Pakistan's GDP has historically comprised 10.5%, although the province accounts for 11.9% of Pakistan's total population. The part of the economy that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa dominates is forestry, where its share has historically ranged from a low of 34.9% to a high of 81%, giving an average of 61.56%. Currently, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa accounts for 10% of Pakistan's GDP, 20% of Pakistan's mining output and, since 1972, it has seen its economy grow in size by 3.6 times. It has the second poorest economy after Balochistan.
After suffering for decades due to the fallout of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, today they are again being targeted for a different situation of terrorism.
Agriculture remains important and the main cash crops include wheat, maize, tobacco (in Swabi), rice, sugar beets, as well as fruits are grown in the province.
Some manufacturing and high tech investments in Peshawar has helped improve job prospects for many locals, while trade in the province involves nearly every product. The bazaars in the province are renowned throughout Pakistan. Unemployment has been reduced due to establishment of industrial zones.
The Awami National Party sought[when?] to rename the province "Pakhtunkhwa", which translates to "Land of Pakhtuns" in the Pashto language. This was opposed by some of the non-Pashtuns, and especially by parties such as the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The PML-N derives its support in the province from primarily non-Pashtun Hazara regions.
In 2010 the announcement that the province would have a new name led to a wave of protests in the Hazara region. On April 15, 2010 Pakistan's senate officially named the province "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" with 80 senators in favor and 12 opposed. The MMA, who until the elections of 2008 had a majority in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, had proposed "Afghania" as a compromise name.
After the 2008 general election, the Awami National Party formed a coalition provincial government with the Pakistan Peoples Party. The Awami National Party has its strongholds in the Pashtun areas of Pakistan, particularly in the Peshawar valley, while Karachi in Sindh has one of the largest Pashtun populations in the world — around 7 million by some estimates. In the 2008 election the ANP won two Sindh assembly seats in Karachi. The Awami National Party has been instrumental in fighting the Taliban. In the 2013 general election Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won a majority in the provincial assembly and has now formed their government in coalition with Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.
Hindko and Pashto folk music are popular in Pakhtunkhwa and has a rich tradition going back hundreds of years. The main instruments are the rubab, mangey and harmonium. Khowar folk music is popular in Chitral and northern Swat. The tunes of Khowar music are very different from those of Pashto and the main instrument is the Chitrali sitar. A form of band music composed of clarinets (surnai) and drums is popular in Chitral. It is played at polo matches and dances. The same form of band music is played in the neighbouring Northern Areas.
Abbottabad is the only city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with higher literacy rate in province and also in Pakistan.The trend towards higher education is rapidly increasing in the province and the Pakhtunkhwa is home to Pakistan's foremost engineering university (Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology), which is in Topi, a town in Swabi district. The University of Peshawar is also a notable institution of higher learning. The Frontier Post is perhaps the province's best-known newspaper and addresses many of the issues facing the population.
|BA, BSc... degrees||20,359||42,773||63,132||5.31|
|MA, MSc... degrees||18,237||35,989||53,226||4.95|
Major educational establishments
- City University of Science & Information Technology, (CUSIT) Peshawar
- Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad
- Army Public College PMA Kakul, Abbottabad
- Hazara University, Mansehra
- Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College Swabi Ismaila, Shewa Adda, Swabi.
- Abbottabad Public School, Abbottabad
- University of Swat, Saidu Sharif Swat
- Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
- Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad
- Ayub Dental College, Abbottabad
- Bacha Khan Medical College, Mardan
- Pakistan International Public School and College, Abbottabad
- Women Medical College, Abbottabad
- Bannu Medical College, Bannu
- Cadet College Razmak, Bannu
- Cadet College Kohat, Kohat
- Cadet College Batrasi, Mansehra
- COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad Campus
- CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar
- Edwardes College, Peshawar
- Gandhara University, Peshawar
- Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Swabi
- Gomal Medical College, D. I. Khan
- Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan
- Islamia College, Peshawar
- Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar
- Khyber Medical College, Peshawar
- Khyber Medical University, Peshawar
- Khyber Girls Medical College, Peshawar
- Kabir Medical College, Peshawar
- Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat
- KMU Institute Of Medical Sciences,Kohat (KIMS), Kohat
- Military College of Engineering, Risalpur
- National Institute of Transportation, Risalpur
- National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar Campus
- Pakhtunkhwa University of Agriculture, Peshawar
- Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur
- Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar.
- Pakistan Military Academy, Abbottabad
- Saidu Medical College, Swat
- Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal
- University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar
- University of Malakand, Chakdara
- University of Peshawar, Peshawar
- University of Science & Technology Bannu, Bannu
- Pakistan Scouts Cadet College Batrasi, Mansehra
- Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak
- University Of Haripur (UOH) Haripur,
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