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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.

Legendary origin[edit]

Kakars are sons of Gharghasht (Gharghakht), who was the son of Qais Abdul Rashid. According to historians, Gharghasht was alive in 388 AH (Hijri).

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.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


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).[citation needed]


Further reading[edit]

  • Kakar tribe
  • History of Pashtoons,sardar Qurban Ali Jogezai 1979, by Sardar Sher Muhammed Gandapur (Persian)
  • A History of Afghan, 1960, by Abdul or watever Hai Habibi (Persian)
  • The Pathans, 1967, by Sir Olaf Caroe
  • Tarikh-i Khan Jahani wa Makhzan-i Afghani, 1500–1600, by Khwaja Nimatullah Heravi and Hebat Khan Abubakarzai Kakar.(Pashto) (Persian)
  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Kakar". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). 1911. 


  1. ^ Henry, Walter Bellew (1862). Journal of a Political Mission to Afghanistan in 1857, Under Major Lumsden: With an Account of the Country and People. National Library of the Netherlands: Elder Smith, 1862. 
  2. ^ Balfour, Edward (1885). The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: Commercial, Industrial and Scientific, Products of the Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal Kingdoms, Useful Arts and Manufactures, Volume 2. India: B. Quartitch, 1885. 
  3. ^ ہروی, خواجہ نعمت اللہ. تاریخ خان جھانی مخزن افغانی. pp. 648–649. 
  4. ^ کرمانی, شاہ عطااللہ. روضہ الاحباب. 
  5. ^ Gandapur, Sher Muhammad Khan (1894). تواریخ خورشید جھاں. Lahore: Islamiya Kutab. pp. 275–309. 
  6. ^ (Pakistan), Baluchistan (1979-01-01). Balochistan Through the Ages: Tribes. Nisa Traders : sole distributors Gosha-e-Adab. 
  7. ^ Khān, Muḥammad Ḥayāt (1981-01-01). Afghanistan and Its Inhabitants. Sang-e-Meel Publications. 
  8. ^ Bellew, Henry Walter (1978-01-01). Journal of a Political Mission to Afghanistan, in 1857, Under Major (now Colonel) Lumsden: With an Account of the Country and People. Orient Research Centre. 
  9. ^ (Pakistan), Baluchistan (1907-01-01). Baluchistan District Gazetteer Series: Quetta-Pishin. printed at Bombay Education Society's Press. 
  10. ^ Khalil, Malik Muhammad. Tribe Khalil & The Brighten Persons Of Khalil: Tribe Khalil, famous people of tribe khalil (in Arabic). AttaUrRehman.