Zabul Province

province of Afghanistan

Zabul (Pashto: زابل‎) is a historic province in southern Afghanistan. Qalat is the capital. About 275,100 people live in the province. The major ethnic group is Pashtun.

Zabul (زابل)
Country Afghanistan
Capital Qalat
 - coordinates 32°06′N 67°06′E / 32.1°N 67.1°E / 32.1; 67.1
Area 17,343 km² (6,696 sq mi) [1][2]
Population 276,100 [3]
Timezone UTC+4:30
Main language Pashto
Map of Afghanistan with Zabol highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Zabol highlighted


Map of the districts of Zabol province of Afghanistan.

Zabul is surrounded by Paktika and Ghzani provinces in the east, Urozgan province in the north, Kandahar province in west and south west, and Balochistan state of Pakistan in south.

Around 800,000 people live in Zabul with majority of them in Shahjoi, Arghandab and Kalat city.

Almond, grapes, apricots, wheat, and vigitables are the main agricultural products of Zabul, where around 80% people are farmers.

the current governor of Zabul province is Mr. Bissmillah Afghanmal son of Haji Mauladad Momand, borne in Kandahar in 1976.

Districts of Zabul Province
District Capital Population[4] Area[5] Notes
Argahandab Sub-divided in 2005
Atghar 13,973
Kakar Created in 2005 within Argahandab District
Mizan 21,162
Naw Bahar 21,144 Created in 2005 from parts of Shamulzayi and Shinkay Districts
Qalat 36,560
Shah Joy 71,348
Shamulzayi 33,351
Shinkay 28,344
Tarnak Aw Jaldak 19,017


In 2006, the province's first airstrip was opened near Qalat. It was for the Afghan National Army. The airstrip is not paved.[6]


  1. Provinces of Afghanistan on Statoids.
  2. Afghanistan's Provinces – Zabul at USAID
  3. Central Statistics Office of Afghanistan. "Settled Population of country by Provinces and sex for 2006-2009 years". Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  5. Afghanistan Geographic & Thematic Layers
  6. First Airstrip in Zabul Province, USAID