Kohistan District, Kapisa

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Kohistan is located in Afghanistan
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 35°7′N 69°18′E / 35.117°N 69.300°E / 35.117; 69.300Coordinates: 35°7′N 69°18′E / 35.117°N 69.300°E / 35.117; 69.300
Country  Afghanistan
Province Kapisa Province
District Kohistan Hesa Awal District
Elevation 5,033 ft (1,534 m)
Time zone UTC+4:30

Kohistan, also transliterated Kuhistan, Kuhiston (Persian: کوہستان‎ 'mountainous land'), is the northern district of Kapisa province, Afghanistan. In productive agricultural seasons the area has an abundance of sweet mulberries, grapes, apricots and pomegranates. Yearly thousands of visitors spend their weekends in its picnic place of Sayaad along the Panjshir river that flows into Sourubi lake. The population was 100,200 (2006), mainly Persian-speaking Tājik people.


The district is at on the border of Parwan and Panjshir provinces.


The Kohistani Tajiks proved to be the most powerful and best organized groups that fought against the British occupation of Kabul in 1879 to 1880 in the Second Anglo-Afghan War.[1] During the war against USSR, Kohistan was one of the strongholds and headquarters for the Mujaheddin and later on it was one of the last remaining areas that was not in control of the Taliban. The district was the front line against the Taliban, the people in district fought very hard and bravely to counter the attacks of the Taliban many times; and in one particular case the people of the district were forced to evacuate their homes and villages completely because of a Taliban attack.

In 2005 the district was dissolved and was split into two new districts:


  1. ^ "Kohistan". Encyclopædia Britannica. Volume V15 (11th ed.). 1911. pp. Page 886. 

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