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Encyclopedia > Lowgar province
Lowgar
لوگر
Capital
 • Coordinates
Pul-i-Alam
 • 34.0° N 69.2° E
Population (~)
 • Density
400,000
 • 75/km²
Area
3,880 km²
Time zone UTC+4:30
Main language(s) Persian
Pashto

Lowgar (Persian: لوگر) is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in the central zone, southeast of Kabul, and the geography of the province centers on the large Logar River which enters the province through the west and leaves to the north. Its capital is Pul-i-Alam. In Logar different ethnicities of Afghanistan are housing. The prominent ones are the Tajiks and the Pashtuns. Baraki Barak was once home to some, Pashais, Sikhs and Hindus either from India, Pakistan or they are also part of the native population of that region since the ancient times. But since there has been no census to a percentage of each ethnic group we do not know the number of the different ethnicity. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Afghanistan-Lowgar. ... Subnational entity is a generic term for an administrative region within a country — on an arbitrary level below that of the sovereign state — typically with a local government encompassing multiple municipalities, counties, or provinces with a certain degree of autonomy in a varying number of matters. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Farsi redirects here. ... Pashto (پښتو; also known as Afghan, Pushto, Pashto, Pashtoe, Pashtu, and Pukhto) is the language spoken by the ethnic Afghan otherwise known as the Pashtun people who inhabit Afghanistan and the Western provinces of Pakistan. ... Farsi redirects here. ... The Provinces of Afghanistan (locally recognized as wilayats - ولايت) are the primary administrative divisions of Afghanistan. ... Logar (also Lowgar) is the name of a province and also a river and valley of Afghanistan. ... Languages Persian Religions Islam (predominantly Sunni (Hanafi), with Shia (Twelver and Ismaili) minorities) Tājik (Persian: ; UniPers: Tâjik; Tajik: ) is a term generally applied to Persian-speaking peoples of Iranian origin living east and northeast of present-day Iran. ... The Pashtuns (also Pushtun, Pakhtun, or ethnic Afghan; in referring to the period of the British Raj or earlier, sometimes Pathan) are an ethnic/religious group of people, living primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India who follow Pashtunwali, their indigenous religion. ... A Sikh man wearing a turban The adherents of Sikhism are called Sikhs. ... This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ...

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Politics

Logar is a generally religiously conservative province, although not to the extent of its southern neighbours. The province's political history is a microcosm of Afghanistan's recent turbulent past, with portions of the province controlled by both the Taliban and the Northern Alliance previous to the American invasion of 2001. During Jihad time Baraki Barak, Khushi, Charkh and Pule Alam districts were controlled by Jamiat e Islami. The province also was home to several Al-Qaeda training bases during that time, although the residents of the province were reportedly unfriendly to the foreign fighters. Mohamad Agha district has long been a stronghold of the Hezb-i-Islami political party, which won seats in the 2005 parliamentary election[1], although the parliamentarians are not officially affiliated with the fugitive leader of Hezb-i-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Additionally, the Northern Alliance-affiliated Jamiat-i-Islami was in control of the province for several years after the fall of the Taliban government. The Taliban (Pashto: - , also anglicised as Taleban) are a Sunni Islamist and Pashtun nationalist movement[2] that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the Northern Alliance and NATO countries. ... The Northern Alliance is a term used by the western media, Taliban and Al Qaida to identify the military coalition of various Afghan groups fighting the Taliban. ... Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... Hezbi Islami (also Hezb-i-Islami, Hezbi-Islami, Hezb-e-Islami) is a military force in Afghanistan led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and established by him in Pakistan during 1975. ... Hezbi Islami (also Hezb-i-Islami, Hezbi-Islami, Hezb-e-Islami) is a military force in Afghanistan led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and established by him in Pakistan during 1975. ... Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (born 1947) Islamist Mujahideen leader and warlord. ... The Northern Alliance is a term used by the western media, Taliban and Al Qaida to identify the military coalition of various Afghan groups fighting the Taliban. ... Jamiat Islami (Jamiat-e-Islami, Jamiat-i Islami - Islamic Society) Mainly Tajhik group opposed to the Taliban. ... The Taliban (Pashto: - , also anglicised as Taleban) are a Sunni Islamist and Pashtun nationalist movement[2] that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the Northern Alliance and NATO countries. ...


The Governor of the province is Abdul Karim Hashimi. For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ...


Geography

The main river valley in the Khoshi district of Logar, Afghanistan. Extensive irrigation and canal works, known as karez, provide water for the majority of the agriculture in southeastern Afghanistan.
The main river valley in the Khoshi district of Logar, Afghanistan. Extensive irrigation and canal works, known as karez, provide water for the majority of the agriculture in southeastern Afghanistan.

Logar can be generally described as a relatively flat river valley in the north and central regions, surrounded by rugged mountains to the east, south, and southwest. The district of Azra, in the east, consists almost entirely of mountains, while travel to the Paktia province to the south is limited to the Tera Pass, a 2896m high road that was recently completed as part of the international reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


Although the government of Afghanistan recognizes the Azra district as being in Logar, many widely-accepted maps include it in the Paktia province to the south. Paktia province is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. ...


Security situation

While more stable than some of its neighbouring provinces in the country, Logar sees a constant high level of anti-government activity, primarily in the form of car bombs and rocket attacks on government, military and civil targets. Unlike portions of southwest Afghanistan, poppy production is nearly non-existent, due to terrain and weather conditions. Tribal land disputes are a source of unrest, as is the case across much of the country.[2]


Capital

Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar. The main road running through the city can be seen here. The mountains in the far background are the Azra district and portions of northwest Paktia.
Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar. The main road running through the city can be seen here. The mountains in the far background are the Azra district and portions of northwest Paktia.

Logar's capital is the city of Pul-i-Alam, located in the district of the same name. It sits on the main road running from Kabul south to Gardez and Khowst province, which borders Pakistan. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Paktia province is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. ... For other places with the same name, see Kabul (disambiguation). ... Gardez is the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan. ... Khost, sometimes spelt Khowst, is a town in Afghanistan, located at 33. ...


Pul-i-Alam has seen a significant amount of reconstruction since the fall of the Taliban. The main road to Kabul was completed in 2006, significantly reducing travel time to the national capital. Additional projects include numerous schools, radio stations, government facilities, and a major Afghan National Police base situated just south of the city.


Like most Afghan cities, there is little municipal planning or services. Electricity is provided by diesel generators, and wells are the primary source of drinking water.


Districts

Districts of Lowgar.
Districts of Lowgar.
  • Azra District
  • Baraki Barak District
  • Charkh District
  • Kharwar District
  • Khoshi District
  • Mohammad Agha District
  • Pul-i-Alam

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Pajhwok Afghan News

External links

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IRIN Asia | Asia | Afghanistan | AFGHANISTAN: Focus on security in Lowgar province | Conflict | Feature (915 words)
LOWGAR, 29 October 2002 (IRIN) - Lowgar, in central Afghanistan, is one of the calmer provinces in the region.
"Lowgar is the gateway to Kabul and to the border with Pakistan, and we know that security must remain calm in order to keep unwanted elements out," he said, noting that there could still be members of Al-Qaeda on the border with Pakistan.
Lowgar is a multiethnic province, where Pashtuns, Hazaras and Tajiks live together relatively peacefully devoid of inter-tribal rivalry - unlike other central provinces such as Khowst, Paktia and Gardez, which remain unstable.
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