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Bahadur Khel salt hill
Location of Karak District (highlighted in red) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa map
|Established||Karak was granted district status in July 1982|
|• District Nazim||Omer Daraz|
|• District Naib Nazim||Sajjad Barak|
|• Total||3,372 km2 (1,302 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Number of Tehsils||3|
Karak District (Pashto: کرک ولسوالۍ, Urdu: ضِلع کرکpronounce (help·info)) is a district in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. It is situated to the south of Kohat District and on the north side of Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts on the main Indus Highway between Peshawar and Karachi – it is 123 km from the provincial capital Peshawar. It gained a district status in 1982, prior to which it was part of Kohat District.:1 The total population counted in the 1998 census was 431,000.:19 The major first language is Pashto spoken by 99.7% of the district's inhabitants.:24
The population of Karak by the 2017 census is 706,299.
There are several natural resources that have been discovered in Karak. The salt mines were well known in antiquity and a major source of salt for the Indian subcontinent into British imperial times. More recently oil, gas, and uranium have all been discovered. Oil and gas reservoirs have been found in the towns of Makori, Noshpa Banda, Gurguri and Lachi circle.
Oil and gas reservoirs explored in Karak district are producing 7000 barrels of oil and 2500 cubic feet gas on a daily basis which is a record production from one oil well in the country. The oil and gas reservoirs at Noshapa Banda in district Karak are generating millions of rupees revenue daily. District Karak is blessed with mineral resources and many national and international companies and OGDCL are busy in oil and gas exploration in different areas of the district. Vast reservoirs of oil and gas have been explored in Gurguri and Noshpa Banda areas of the district so far whereas exploration is under way in other areas.
According to a serve conducted by International Nuclear Information System  where Fission Track Technique has been applied for the estimation of uranium in 30 drinking water sources of Tehsil Takht-e-Nasrati ,Shnawa Gudi khill and District Karak, Kpk, Pakistan. These samples have mean, minimum and maximum concentration of uranium of 13.45 +- 3.207, 1.07 +- 0.6, 84.23 +- 15.63 micro g l/sup -1/, respectively. The significant finding was the observation of very high level of uranium in drinking water sources obtained from uranium rich bedrocks than the safe limit of WHO (15 micro g l/sup -1/) for human consumption. On the basis of this study, it was concluded that the origin of uranium is potentially due to one of the Asia richest mineral deposit of uranium in Karak, Pakistan. The results could be of vital concern in diagnosis and prognosis of uranium induced disease in the local population under investigation.
The District is represented in the national assembly by one elected MNA Shahid khattak and provincial assembly two elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:
- NA-34 (Karak) Shahid Khattak;
- Pk-85 (Karak-1) Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel and
- Pk-86 (Karak-2) Malak Zafar Azam Khan .
- "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
- 1998 District Census report of Karak. Census publication. 97. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
- "Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Census 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
- "Vast reserves of oil, gas in Karak". DAWN.COM. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- "Estimation of uranium concentration in drinking water sources of tehsil takht-e-nasrati, district karak, khyber pakhtunkhwa, pakistan using fission track technique". iaea. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2017.