Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا
Urdu: خیبر پختونخوا
|— Province —|
|Lake Saiful Muluk, Naran|
|Established||July 1, 1970|
|• Body||Provincial Assembly|
|• Governor||Shaukatullah Khan|
|• Chief Minister||Justice (R) Tariq Pervez Khan (Interim)|
|• High Court||Peshawar High Court|
|• Total||74,521 km2 (28,773 sq mi)|
|Population (2008 est.)|
|• Density||270/km2 ( 700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Pashto||Kohistani, Saraiki, Punjabi, Persian|
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا [pəxtunˈxwɑ]; Urdu: خیبر پختونخوا [ˈpəxˈtuːnxwaː]) (literally "area of Pashtuns"), formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province and alternatively known by various other names, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the north-west of the country. It borders the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south, Gilgit–Baltistan to the north-east, Azad Kashmir to the east and Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory to the south-east. The province of Balochistan is located southwards while Afghanistan borders Pakhtunkhwa to the north-west. The main ethnic group in the province are the Pashtun people; other smaller ethnic groups include most notably the Hindkowans, Dards, Chitralis (who include the Kalasha) and Gujjars.
The provincial language is Pashto, spoken by the majority as first language; Urdu, the national language, is widely spoken as a second language. English is mainly used for official and literary purposes. The provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar.
Following independence, the North-West Frontier Province voted to join Pakistan in a referendum on in 2 July 1947 by a very small majority of 50.1%. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and his Khudai Khidmatgars, however, chose to boycott the polls along with other nationalistic and pro-India Pakhtuns. Some have argued that a segment of the population voted was barred from voting.
Afghanistan claims Pashtun-dominated western areas of the territory as its own. After Pakistan's independence, Afghanistan was the only country to vote against Pakistan’s accession to the United Nations because of Kabul’s claim on the Pashtun territories located on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line.
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) — comparable in size to New England in North America. The province's main districts are Peshawar, Mardan,SWABI Charsadda Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat, Kohistan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra, Swat, Buner D, Bannu and Karak. Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu are the main cities. Naran (Urdu: ناران ) is a medium sized town in upper Kaghan Valley of Mansehra District situated in Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan bestowed with heavenly beauty . It is considered to be the most beautiful hill station in the Country and the most peaceful summer station for the elite of the country. Elevated 8,202 feet or 2,500 meters above sea level, Naran is one of the most scenic valleys in Pakistan; attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacier melt, passes through this town as it meanders its way through the valley. Kunhar river in Naran during the month of June as viewed from PTDC motel
Naran can be considered as base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar Babusar, Noori VAlley and Purbi Valley. The valley features pine forests, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and cool mountain streams. Kunhar River, the main feature of the valley, is famous for its trout. Nestled along the banks of the river are the towns of Balakot, Paras, Mahandari, Kaghan and Naran. The local people are friendly and simple. Gujar nomads are one of the most interesting features of the Kaghan Valley. They take their herds of cattle to the high pastures of the upper Kaghan Valley in spring and bring them down again in autumn. While going to Kaghan you will find them camped along the road in their traditional tents or moving up and down the valley with their herds of pack animals, sheep and goats
It has over 100 hotels of various types ranging from high-end luxury hotels to very low priced motels. Tent motels are also present which rent family size tents to tourists to stay in. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) also has a motel situated in the north of town which can accommodate people on different tariffs, from average rooms to costly huts besides the River Kunhar.
A market exists there where all basic necessities of life are available.
The region varies in topography from dry rocky areas in the south to forests and green plains in the north. The climate can be extreme with intensely hot summers to freezing cold winters. Despite these extremes in weather, agriculture remains important and viable in the area.
The hilly terrain of Kalam, Upper Dir, Swat, Naran and Kaghan is renowned for its beauty and attracts a great many tourists from neighboring regions and from around the world. Swat is popular among tourists as the "Switzerland of South Asia" as there are many landscape similarities between it and the mountainous terrain of Switzerland.
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, Panjgora, 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 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 the 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 and consequently the daily and annual range of temperature is quite large.
Rainfall also varies widely. Although large parts of Pakhtunkhwa are typically dry, the province also contains the wettest parts of Pakistan in its eastern fringe.
Three main climatic regions can be distinguished within Pakhtunkhwa:
Chitral District 
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 from the world. 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. However, at elevations above 5,000 metres (16,400 ft), it is known that 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 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 and when they collide with the mountain slopes winter depressions provide heavy precipitation. The monsoon, although short, is generally powerful and as a result the southern slopes of 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 either here, in Chitral, or in the south of the province.
The seasonality of rainfall in central 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 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 Pakhtunkhwa are not so hot as in Chitral, but 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 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 monsoonal 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, however, nights can be cold and frosts remain frequent, though snow is very rare and daytime temperatures remain comfortably warm with abundant sunshine.
Administrative districts 
The province consists of the following 25 districts, including 5 Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATAs):
- Dera Ismail Khan
- Lakki Marwat
- Lower Dir
- Tor Ghar
- Upper Dir
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, majority of which 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.
Pashto is the most pervasive language while Hindko is the second most commonly spoken indigenous language. It is predominant in eastern parts of Pakhtunkhwa and is spoken in some cities and towns including some areas of Peshawar.
Hindko is mostly spoken in eastern parts of Pakhtunkhwa, the Hazara Division, and especially in the cities of Abbottabad, Mansehra, and Haripur, and also as a minority in the city of Peshawar. The provincial government is planning to introduce Hindko-medium education in Peshawar, Nowshera, Kohat, Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.
In most rural areas of the centre and south, Pashtun tribes can be found including the Yusufzai, Bangash, Bhittani, Daavi, Khattak, Babar, Gandapur, Gharghasht, Marwat, Afridi, , Shinwari, Orakzai, Mahsud, Mohmand, Wazir and Bannusi (Banochi) as well as other tribes of Hazara division•, Swati, Kakar, Tareen, Jadoon, Gujar, and Mashwani.
There are non-Pashtun tribes including Jats, Tanoli, 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[disambiguation needed], 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 the 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 government 
|Provincial animal||Kabul Markhor|
|Provincial bird||White-crested Kalij Pheasant|
|Provincial tree||Juniperus squamata|
The unicameral Provincial Assembly of Pakhtunkhwa consists of 124 seats: 2% of them reserved for non-Muslims and 17% for women.
The President of Pakistan appoints a Governor as head of the provincial government of 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.
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 Pakhtunkhwa, by Articles 246 and 247 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
|The 25 districts are:
Important cities 
Pakhtunkhwa has the third largest economy in Pakistan. 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 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, 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 are 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.
Social issues 
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 "Pakhtunkhwa" with 80 senators in favor and 12 opposed. The MMA, who until the elections of 2008 had a majority in the 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.
Folk music 
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.
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
- Hazara University, Mansehra
- Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College Swabi Ismaila, Swabi.
- Abbottabad Public School, Abbottabad
- University of Swat, Saidu Sharif Swat
- Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
- Army Public College PMA Kakul, Abbottabad
- Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad
- 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
- 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 & Technology, Kohat
- KUST Institute of Medical Sciences, 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
Cricket is the main sport played in Pakhtunkhwa. It has created world-class sportsmen like Shahid Khan Afridi,Younus Khan, and many more. Besides producing cricket players, Pakhtunkhwa has the honour of being the birthplace of many world-class squash players, including greats like Jansher Khan and Jahangir Khan.Jahangir Khan has a world record of 500 matches unbeaten.
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- Frontier Regions
- North-West Frontier (military history)
- 2010 Pakistan floods
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