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Kakul is located in Pakistan
Coordinates: 34°11′N 73°15′E / 34.183°N 73.250°E / 34.183; 73.250
Country  Pakistan
Province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
District Abbottabad
Tehsil Abbottabad
 • Total 17,411

Kakul is a town situated in the Kakul Valley at an elevation of 1300 metres, 5 km northeast of Abbottabad city near the Thandiani Hills, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The population is around 30,000.


Kakul was a rural area prior to the establishment of a Boer Prisoner of War camp here during the Boer War, circa 1899-1902, by the (then) Government of British India[1] which site was placed under the official management of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles. Later on, the POW camp was converted into an army mountaineering and PT school until 1947-48, and a portion of it also remained the offices of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps (RIASC). It was this site, which was later chosen for the new post-independence Pakistan Military Academy, which is located in the eastern side of the valley.


The township of Kakul is the headquarters of Kakul Union Council. The Union Council is divided into the following areas: Aspadar, takia,(Dakhan) Maraseadah Bandian,Bilal Park Kakul , Malach, Balolia, Kakul, Mandroch Kalan, Mandroch Khurd, Nawansher Janoobi and Nawansher Shamali.


  1. ^ Parrett, C. 'Boer POWs at Kakul, Abbottabad' in Durbar: Journal of the IMHS, Vol 28, No 1, Spring 2011, p. 3-8, Pub. UK, by the Indian Military Historical Society

Coordinates: 34°11′N 73°15′E / 34.183°N 73.250°E / 34.183; 73.250