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Sakzai (Pashto: سکزی‎), also called Sakazai, Sagzai, Sagzi and Sijzi (Arabic: سجزي‎‎), are a historical Pashtun tribe of Afghanistan located within the locales of Nimroz, Ghor, Helmand and Farah.[1][2] The Sakzai are 24 subtribes and 95 or 96 clans with an approximate population of over 4.9 million people. Their name suggests a connection with the historic East Iranian Saka tribes of Central Asia.


  1. ^ Globe and Mail - The Taliban - GRAEME SMITH - November 27, 2006 [1]
  2. ^ Kaufman, Mark (February 23, 2003). "Afghan poor sell daughters as brides". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 

Further reading[edit]

  • India Army. General Staff Branch, Ludwig W. Adamec (1972). Historical and Political Gazetteer of Afghanistan. Akadem. Druck- u. Verlagsanst. ISBN 3201012726. 
  • Lumsden, Harry Burnett (1860). Mission to Kandahar. C.B. Lewis, Baptist Mission Press. 
  • University of Peshawar, Area Study Centre (Central Asia) (1984). Central Asia. Area Study Centre (Central Asia), University of Peshawar. 
  • Houtsma, M. Th (1987). E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-08265-6. 
  • H. A. Rose, IBBETSON, Maclagan (1990). Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. Asian Educational Services. p. 2076. ISBN 978-81-206-0505-3.