Karak District

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Karak District
Khattak
District
Karak
Coordinates: 33°08′N 71°05′E / 33.133°N 71.083°E / 33.133; 71.083Coordinates: 33°08′N 71°05′E / 33.133°N 71.083°E / 33.133; 71.083
Country Pakistan
Established Karak was granted district status in July 1982
Headquarters Karak
Government
 • District Nazim Vacant nowadays
 • District Naib Nazim vacant
Area
 • Total 3,372 km2 (1,302 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 729,000
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 3

Karak (Pashto: کرك, Urdu: کرک‎) is a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of 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. Karak is said to be the single district in Pakistan which is inhabited by only one tribe of Pashtuns — the Khattak.

Language[edit]

Languages of Kyber Pakhtunkha.jpg

Pashto is the main language spoken. Urdu language, being the national language, is also known by almost everyone.

History[edit]

Until 1956, this whole area was under pindi division. It had tappas (satrapies): Teri, Seni, Khurram and Barak. In 1982, Karak District was carved out of Kohat Tehsil.

The district is populated by Khattak tribe.

Resources[edit]

Karak has one of the largest uranium mines in Pakistan under supervision of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Gas has been recently discovered in Shakardara, Gurguri Makori and Nashpa banda areas. MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas Company B.V. (Hungary) & OGDCL companies working in Oil & Gas sector.

Industry[edit]

OIL & GAS:

Central Processing Facility (CPF), Makori. Already installed & contributing to national economy since years.

Refinery:

Karak Oil Refinery on papers & soon will be built near the village "KARRAPA". Utility water is being planned to be tapped from "Tanda Dam" Kohat to meet the refinery needs.

Vanco Leaf cement Karak Pvt Limited Canada Based (establishing soon after proposed by Karachi cement association). Vanco leaf has canceled the project to manufacture a cement factory in District karak.

OXFORD SCIENCE COLLEGE CHOKARA KARAK OXFORD SCIENCE SCHOOL CHOKARA KARAK OXFORD SCIENCE SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CHOKARA KARAK (WOMEN)

Small Dams[edit]

Small dams are built to store the rain water to elevate the underground water level.

  • Changos Dam is located north west of Latamber Town.
  • Zebi Dam is located North East of Karak city.
  • Lawaghar Dam is located South East of Karak.
  • Ghol Dam is located
  • Anarbanda Dam is located north west of Karak.

Agriculture[edit]

Agriculture is the main occupation of the area. Agriculture is based on grains: wheat, gram, Earth nuts, maize, peanut and barley. After construction of Water dams in different location the water level came up and people of karak by themselves made water pumps in their houses for their crops.

Climate[edit]

The climate is hot during the summer, with temperature reaching 40-45C, and sand storms are common in Tehsil Takht-e-Nasratti. The Lakkara regions are the coolest areas in summer where people use blankets at night. The best time to visit is between Nov-April with lush green fields of wheat and grams. The area has a high educational attainment ratio with a very low crime rate. Khattaks of Karak are in positions of importance in Pakistan: bureaucracy, education, health, army and corporate organizations.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Salt deposits are to be found, that extend from the Punjab, in: Jatta Ismail Khel, Garh jawal khel, and Bahadar Khel areas. There are Gypsum deposits in Jatta valley and Garh jawal khel. The gas discovery in Makori and Nashpa has encourage a large number of industries to locate along the road in Jatta Ismail Khel. Jatta Ismail Khel is now becoming an emerging economic solution for Karak.

Administration[edit]

Karak district is represented in the National assembly (NA-15) by Nasir Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The district is represented in the provincial assembly by two elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:

Constituency MPA Party PK-40 (Karak-1) Gul Sahib Khan (PTI) PK-41 (Karak-2) Malik Qasim (PTI) Reserve Seats

Wildlife[edit]

Diverse wild life across the district with annual hunting season of quails, cranes, black and brown pheasants. It is a well known place for hunting quail (batair) and other fowl. There are game reserves used for hunting by the VIPs. One such hunting place is Darab o' Kachch abundant in partridges and quail. Hunting is a popular pastime in the area.

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