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The Kakar (Pashto:کاکړ ، Urdu:کاکڑ) is a Gharghashti Pashtun tribe, with majority members living in Pakistan and Afghanistan who originate from the Current Pak-Afghan border regions and from the Ghazni province of present Eastern Afghanistan.
In Herat, the Kakar are locally called Kak. Historically, the tribe has been called Kak-kor (lit. family of Kak). The tomb of Kakar (or Kak) is in front of Herat central Jamia Masjid's gate. Some historians concur that Kakar was first buried in Kohistan[disambiguation needed], but Sultan Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq brought the body to be re-buried in a mosque in the city of Herat.
Kakar’s father’s name was Dani. Dani had four more sons named Panai, Babai, Naghar and Davi. Kakar has 18 own sons and six adopted. The Mashwanis are Arab origin Pukhtuns tribe settled in some parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan (Swabi, Mardan, Sirikot, Dir, Panjpai, Gadwalian, Panjgoor, Quetta, D I Khan etc.) and Iran, are also supposed to be remotely connected to the Kakars in the female line, but they are said to be descended from Syed Muhammad Kalan Gesu daraz eleventh descended from Islamic Prophet Muhammad, as he married a Kakar woman Sher Bano. Mashwani is said to be one of his sons from Kakar wife.
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According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908); the Kakar, historically the first tribe in Balochistan with (105,444) persons, the Tareen historically are the second largest tribe in Baluchistan with 37,906 persons (though this likely includes the Durrani), and the Pani (20,682) and Shirani (7,309).
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