Kharan District

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Kharan District
Map of Balochistan with Kharan District highlighted
Map of Balochistan with Kharan District highlighted
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Established March 15, 1952
Headquarters Kharan
 • Total 8,958 km2 (3,459 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 96,900
 • Density 10.81/km2 (28.0/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 1
Cherry-red brookite from Kharan District [1]

Kharan (Balochi: خاران) is a district in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Pakistan's second nuclear test was performed in the Kharan desert on May 30, 1998 with a miniaturised device yielding 60 percent of the Ras Koh Hills tests.


The district includes a single tehsil, administratively divided into nine union councils.[2]


The population of Kharan district was estimated to be over 234,400 in 2010.[citation needed] Over 99% of the people of the district are Muslims and Baloch The population of the state is mainly Baloch tribes with some Brahui speaking Baloch scattered across the area. Nausherwanis are considered as the rulers of Kharan. Nausherwanis are considered as one of the most respected and educated tribe in Kharan.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 28°00′N 64°30′E / 28.000°N 64.500°E / 28.000; 64.500