Zadran (Pashtun tribe)

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The Zadran (Pashto: ځدراڼ‎ dzadrāṇ; pronounced dzādroṇ in Khost-Paktia dialect), also spelled Dzadran, Jadran and Jandran, is a Pashtun/afghan tribe of Afghanistan, originating in a contiguous arc-shaped area in the east of Loya Paktia, which consists of Wuza Zadran, Shwak and Gerda Seray districts of Paktia province,[1] Nika, Ziruk, Gayan and Urgun districts of Paktika province,[2] and parts of Qalandar, Nadir Shah Kot and Spera districts of Khost province.[3] Few members of the tribe can be also found, Balochistan,Punjab,and northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.[4] According to the Asia Times the Zadran is a branch of the Sulaiman Khel.[5] According to, Zadran are a branch of the Karlanri supertribe.[6]

Prominent members of the Zadran tribe include:

Name Notes
Pacha Khan
Abdul Wali Khan
  • Son of Pacha Khan, military commander of Gardez in 2002.
Amanullah Zadran
Kamal Khan Zadran
Jalal Ud Din Haqqani
Ibrahim Haqqani

2- Khalil Haqani 3- Ismail Haqani

Saad Akbar Babrak


  1. ^ "Zadran: Pashtun tribe mainly residing in the “Zadran Arc” a 9-district area encompassing portions of the Paktya, Paktika and Khowst provinces.", Paktia Executive Summary on
  2. ^ Paktika Executive Summary on
  3. ^ Khost Executive Summary on
  4. ^ a b c d e "Afghan power brokers: Playing the tribal loyalty card". Christian Science Monitor. 2002-06-10. Retrieved 2009-06-08. [dead link]
  5. ^ Syed Saleem Shahzad (2002-03-07). "Taliban draw strength from tribal roots". Asia Times. Retrieved 2009-06-08. "Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani, who captured Khost province from the communist militia in 1991, hails from the Zadran tribe, which is a branch of the Soloman Khail. Similarly, most of the Taliban in Paktia hail from the Galzai or one of its branches. This makes for strong blood ties." 
  6. ^ Zadran Family Tree on
  7. ^ Scott Baldauf (2002-07-29). "Firefight shows strong Al Qaeda persistence". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 

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