Khost wa Fereng District
Khost wa Fereng or Khost wa Fring is the easternmost district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountains. Its capital is Khost wa Fereng. The population of the district was estimated to be around 60300 in 2011-2012, of which ethnic Tajiks made up 90% and Hazaras 10% of the total population.
- Health: 1 clinic
- Income: farming (50%), animal husbandry (20%), gardening (20%), shopkeepers (4%)
- Schools: 10 home based, 14 primary, 3 high schools
Most of the people of Khost wa Fring are Tajiks (90%),and 10% of them are Sunni Hazara. They speak Persian. All people of Khost wa Fring are Sunni Hanafi. Afghan Encyclopedia added: that Mirza Abdul Qadir Bedul originally belongs to this district, upon certain issues he left to India and became the royal poet of Awrangzib king of subcontenant, due to that two daughter of Awrangzib had married in khost district, when he was sending any gift to Khurasan, making particular the khost district due to that reason of his daughters. noted by Sayed Zakaria hashimi. The district was part of Takhar province until 1970, and still its people go to Takhar for shopping more often than Baghlan. This is due to the long distance between Khost was Fereng and the center of Baghlan. The people of Khost wa Fring are Muslims. Most of them are Mujahid, and they belong to Jamiati-Islami party.The people of Khost wa Fring are called kosti or khusti. According to Islamic books the Imam Mehdi(Aj) rises from Taliqan which is near to Khost wa Fring and his flowers are called by the name of Khosti which is the name of their original place. Therefore, Islamic forecasts say that people of Khost wa Fring which are called Khosti are the first followers and soldiers of Imam Mehdi(aj). this large district has more than 220000 population and it is bigger than some provinces of Afghanistan.
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