Paktia Province

province of Afghanistan

Paktia (Pashto: پکتيا - Paktyā) is a province under Afghanistan. Its capital (city) is Gardez. There are about 1.3 million people who live in the Province. Most of the people are Pashtun.

Paktia
پکتیا
Aerial view of a fort in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province
Aerial view of a fort in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province
Map of Afghanistan with Paktia highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Paktia highlighted
Coordinates (Capital): Coordinates: 33°36′N 69°30′E / 33.6°N 69.5°E / 33.6; 69.5
CountryAfghanistan
CapitalGardez
Government
 • GovernorMuhammad Ali Jan Ahmad[1]
 • Deputy GovernorSheikh Aziz-ur-Rehman Mansoor[2]
Area
 • Total6,432 km2 (2,483 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[3]
 • Total622,831
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Time)
ISO 3166 codeAF-PIA
Main languagesPashto

DistrictsEdit

Paktia is made up of 14 district (District Centers are given in parentheses):

Districts of Paktia Province
District Capital Population Area[4] Notes
Ahmadabad Created in 2005 within Sayid Karam District; includes the unofficial district Mirzaka
Dand Aw Patan
Gardez Includes the capital Gardez, which lies at the crossroads of the province's main north-south and east-west roads
Gerda Serai
Janikhel
Lazha Ahmadkhel
Lazha Mangal
Mirzaka
Tsamkani Includes the city of Tsamkani, the largest in the eastern half of Paktia and a major gateway to Pakistan
Sayid Karam Sub-divided in 2005
Shwak
Wuza Zadran Sub-divided in 2005 to create Gerda Serai
Zazi People fleeing sectarian strife between Shiites and Sunnis in Pakistan occasionally take refuge in Jaji
Zurmat Populous, relatively prosperous agricultural district. Unlike most other districts, Zurmat includes more than one tribal group, making it somewhat more fractious than other districts

ReferencesEdit

  1. "د نږدې شلو ولایاتو لپاره نوي والیان او امنیې قوماندانان وټاکل شول". 7 November 2021.
  2. "د پکتیا ولایت د ټولو ولسوالیو د مسؤلینو او امنیه قوماندانانو ګډه غونډه جوړه شوه – د افغانستان اسلامي امارت". 16 November 2021.
  3. "Estimated Population of Afghanistan 2021–22" (PDF). National Statistic and Information Authority (NSIA). April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. Afghanistan Geographic & Thematic Layers