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] The Zadran are a branch of the Karlani tribal confederacy.[5][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. ^ Coyle, Dennis Walter (August 2014). "Placing Wardak among Pashto varieties". University of North Dakota:UND. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Zadran Family Tree on
  7. ^ Scott Baldauf (2002-07-29). "Firefight shows strong Al Qaeda persistence". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2009-06-27.