Kohat District

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Kohat District
Location of Kohat District (highlighted in red) within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa  Province.
Location of Kohat District (highlighted in red) within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
Headquarters Kohat
 • Total 2,545 km2 (983 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 562,644
 • Density 221/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Kohat is a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Kohat city is the capital of the district. It is inhabited by various Pashtun tribes such as Afridi, Khattak, Bangash and the Orakzai.


Historically It was home of local Kohatis who use to speak dialect of Punjabi Language (Kohati /Hindko). After demographic changes in recent decades due to Afghan Refugees and Tribal peoples arrival, Pashto language speakers are in majority today. Urdu being National language is also spoken and understood. The main tribe of Kohat are Khattack, Bangash, Banoori, Kohati Hinkown, Orakzai, Khattak, Shenwari, Afridi, Niazai and Qureshi etc.

Mughal Era[edit]

From the early sixteenth century the history of Kohat revolves around three major tribes namely Bangash, Afridi and Khattak.[1] These people appear to have settled in the district, during 14th am 15th centuries. From 16th to 18th centuries, Kohat remained a part of Afghanistan, administered by the Chiefs of two afore mentioned tribes. In the beginning of 19th century Kohat came under the control of Sikhs who ultimately withdrew leaving to the administrative control of Khan of Teri in 1836.

Bangash era[edit]

About 16th century, the Bangash tribe elder who named Khalid Khan Afghani, who came from Gardez, the main City of Afghanistan, and attacked the Kohat during the last Afghan King Babar and occupied the Kohat.

British era[edit]

Kohat was annexed to the British dominion on 28 March 1849 with the rest of Punjab and an Assistant Commissioner was posted there to run the administration and to look after the British interests. In the initial stages of the British administration, the locals of the area posed considerable problems. Later on, some of the tribe joined with the British government and helped them in running the area. Nevertheless, the Britishers were never at peace in this part of their kingdom as resistance and opposition always cropped from one quarter or the other. But their tactics of "Divide and Rule" ultimately strengthened their hold over the region. They put one tribe against the other by giving preference to one against the other and finally succeeded in administering them. An example of unrest against the British in this area is the event of the brave Afridi Ajab Khan, who forced the entire British administration of the district to surrender to his demands.[citation needed]


District Kohat shares border with Districts Nowshehra and Peshawar in the North. To the East is the Indus river and the districts Attock and Punjab. To the south are Karak and Hangu districts. It also shares a border with Darra Adam Khel which is under the administration of Kohat.

Famous Places[edit]

Tanda Lake
  • Khushal Garh Bridge, built by the British before 1900.
  • Tanda lake
  • Friendship Tunnel, built with Japanese help. The leading Japanese firm M/S Taisie Corp designed and executed the tunnel and its total length is about 1.9 kilometers.


Defence Installation[edit]



  • Liaqat Memorial Hospital
  • Shifa Eye Hospital
  • District Headquarters Teaching Hospital


  • The Tanda Dam in the west of Kohat city.
Tanda Lake in monsoon


Kohat district is divided into two Tehsils:

  • Kohat
  • Lachi (Lachi is one of the largest village of Kohat. Situated on the southern border with Karak district)

The district is represented in the provincial assembly by three elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:[2]

  • PF-37 (Kohat-1)
  • PF-38 (Kohat-2)
  • PF-39 (Kohat-3)
  • NA-14 (Kohat)


Coordinates: 33°20′N 71°10′E / 33.333°N 71.167°E / 33.333; 71.167