Hoti, Mardan

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Hoti
Coordinates: 34°12′00″N 72°04′00″E / 34.20000°N 72.06667°E / 34.20000; 72.06667Coordinates: 34°12′00″N 72°04′00″E / 34.20000°N 72.06667°E / 34.20000; 72.06667
Country Pakistan
ProvinceKhyber-Pakhtunkhwa
DistrictMardan

Hoti (Urdu: ہوتی ), pronounced Oothay in Pukhto, is a union council in Mardan District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.[1] The town is located at 34°12'0N°, 72°4'0E at an altitude of 284 metres (935 feet)[2] and lies just west of Peshawar, the capital of the province, and is inhabited by the Kamalzai Pashtuns, a sub-tribe of the MandanrYOUSAFZI.

The people of this area only speak Pukhto, and the adhere strongly to the Pukhtoon traditions of hospitality and loyalty.

Although the MPs are democratically elected in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the old feudal system is still strong in Hoti.

Livelihood and demographics[edit]

The main livelihood for the Hoti people is agriculture, and they process and export sugarcane to the rest of the country.

The Hoti area is divided by the Kulpani River. The family of the ex-Nawab of Hoti lives on the Mardan side, whereas the Hoti areas across the river known commonly as Par Hoti is still developing. The major cash crops of the area are tobacco and sugarcane. Virginia tobacco is mostly utilized by the local cigarette manufacturers while the major yield of sugarcane is consumed by the Premier Sugar Mill (established in 1954 by Hindu businessman Seth Ishwar Das). As an old tradition, some of the sugarcane is used locally to make jaggery (Gur in local Pukhto).

Hoti is inhabited by Kamalzai Pukhtoons, although there are also some non-Pukhtoons. All the Pukhtoons living in Hoti can also be referred to as Hotikhels, as those of Mardan are referred as Mardankhels. High Cast families in Par Hoti are Khankhels, Muhammad Khels, NurmanKhels and Azikhel. Other people living in this area include the Mandoori, Syeds, Biland khel, Shahibzadas, Khashmiryan,loharan, Malazi, Bajauri, Yarkhani etc.

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