Kohistan District, Pakistan

former district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Kohistan District is a district in the Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The town of Dassu is the district headquarters. The area is also called Abasin Kohistan or Indus Kohistan, after the Indus River that runs through the middle of the district.

Kohistan District
Kohistan is noted for its dramatic mountain scenery
Kohistan is noted for its dramatic mountain scenery
Coordinates: 35°15′N 73°30′E / 35.250°N 73.500°E / 35.250; 73.500Coordinates: 35°15′N 73°30′E / 35.250°N 73.500°E / 35.250; 73.500
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
Established1 October 1976-2014
 • Deputy CommissionerMushtaq Ahmad[1]
 • Zila Naib NazimLocal election is awaited
 • Total7,492 km2 (2,893 sq mi)
 • Total784,711
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
LanguagesKohistani, Shina, Urdu, Pashto
EthnicityDardic Kohistanis, Pashtuns

Kohistan District is divided into 4 Tehsils (subdivisions):

Farming and growing livestock are the main focus of the economy there. Growing timber has also become more important in recent years. The district has one of the lowest literacy rates in Pakistan, about 10% of the people can read and write. Education is spreading though.


  1. {http://www.khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/GoServices/NewsDetails.php?NewsId=2302} Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017.