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Encyclopedia > Paktia province
Loya Paktia Home of Heros
پکتیا د بهادرو كور

د جرگو او مرکو ولایت

Map of Afghanistan with Loya Paktia Home of Heros پکتیا د بهادرو كور د جرگو او مرکو ولایت highlighted.
Capital
 • Coordinates
Gardez
 • 33.6° N 69.5° E
Population (2002)
 • Density
~415,000
 • /km²
Area
6,432 km²
Time zone UTC+4:30
Main language(s) Pashto

'Paktia' (Pashto: پکتيا) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, in the east of the country. Its capital is Gardez. Image File history File links Afghanistan-Paktia. ... 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. ... Gardez is the capital of Paktia Province, Afghanistan. ... 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. ... Pashto (‎, IPA: also known as Pakhto, Pushto, Pukhto ‎, Pashtoe, Pashtu, Pushtu or Pushtoo) is a language spoken by Pashtuns living in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. ... Pashto (‎, IPA: also known as Pakhto, Pushto, Pukhto ‎, Pashtoe, Pashtu, Pushtu or Pushtoo) is a language spoken by Pashtuns living in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. ... The Provinces of Afghanistan (locally recognized as wilayats) are the primary political subdivisions of Afghanistan. ... Gardez is the capital of Paktia Province, Afghanistan. ...

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History

Najibullah Ahmadzai, the former president of Afghanistan, was from Paktia province, in particular the Melan Valley area. Paktia used to be a unified province with Khost and Paktika, these three provinces are now referred to as Loya Paktia which means The Greater Paktia. Mohammad Najibullah (1947–September 27, 1996) was the fourth President of Afghanistan during the period of the communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. ... Khost, sometimes spelt Khowst, is a town in Afghanistan, located at 33. ... Paktika is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. ...


Governance

The uncertain security situation and remoteness of the province has led to many provincial Governors being appointed in the short time since the fall of the Taliban. After the assassination of Hakim Taniwal in September 2006, Rahmatullah Rahmat was appointed as provincial Governor. The Taliban (Pashto: , also anglicized as Taleban) are a Sunni Muslim Pashtun movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1995 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the United States, United Kingdom and the Northern Alliance. ... Hakim Taniwal was the Governor of Paktia province in Afghanistan until he was killed September 10, 2006, at age 63, by a suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body; when the bomber threw himself under the governors vehicle and detonated the explosives as Taniwal was approaching his office... Rahmatullah Rahmat was appointed Governor of Paktia province, Afghanistan after the assasination of Hakim Taniwal. ...


Paktia has a strong Pashtun tribal identity, and Pashtun nationalists in the province have expressed a desire to reunite the province with Khost Province and Paktika province, forming an ethnic Pashtunistan. The Pashtuns (also Pushtun, Pakhtun, ethnic Afghan, or Pathan) are an ethno-linguistic group consisting mainly of eastern Iranian stock living primarily in eastern and southern Afghanistan, and the North West Frontier Province, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan. ... Khost (Pashto: خوست) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. ... Paktika is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. ... Pashtunistan (Pashto, Persian: پشتونستان) or Pakhtunistan (Pashto, Persian: پختونستان), is what many Pashtun nationalists call the Pashtun-dominated areas of Pakistan. ...


Despite the many problems facing the province, it is one of the more stable in the southeast of the country and there has been a concerted effort to improve the civic infrastructure, giving Paktia a reasonable rate of reconstruction [1]. The first American Provincial Reconstruction Team base was established in Gardez to supply security and reconstruction, and has funded several successful projects. A Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is an administrative unit of international aid to Afghanistan, consisting of a small operating base from which a group of sixty to more than one hundred civilians and military specialists work to perform small reconstruction projects or provide security for others involved in aid work. ...


Security Situation

In September 2006, Governor Hakim Taniwal was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber as he left his office in Gardez [2]. At the time, Taniwal was the highest-ranking post-Taliban official to be killed by insurgent forces in the country. Hakim Taniwal was the Governor of Paktia province in Afghanistan until he was killed September 10, 2006, at age 63, by a suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body; when the bomber threw himself under the governors vehicle and detonated the explosives as Taniwal was approaching his office... The Taliban (Pashto: , also anglicized as Taleban) are a Sunni Muslim Pashtun movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1995 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the United States, United Kingdom and the Northern Alliance. ...


Paktia is one of the most politically complicated provinces in the country. Militia commanders are a strong presence in the province, and their shifting allegiances and violent tendencies make governance of the region problematic. The province also has the difficult mountainous and cavernous terrain typical of the Hindu Kush range, providing armed groups ample cover from which to conduct guerilla operations. The Hindu Kush or Hindukush (هندوکش in Persian) is a mountain range in Afghanistan as well as in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. ...


Immediately after the fall of the Taliban, Paktia was one of the most chaotic regions in the country, as a small civil war broke out between rival militia commanders for control of the province, and Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters gave occupying U.S. troops some of their heaviest losses in the cave complexes south of Gardez [3]. The Taliban (Pashto: , also anglicized as Taleban) are a Sunni Muslim Pashtun movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1995 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the United States, United Kingdom and the Northern Alliance. ... 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. ...


The security situation in Paktia has improved significantly in recent years, though isolated fighting by Taliban militants and persistent tribal conflicts in the eastern part of the province continue to challenge the government. The provincial capital, Gardez, is among the most secure in the southeastern part of the country, owing in part to a large presence by coalition and Afghan security forces.


Geography

Districts of Paktia.
Districts of Paktia.

Paktia borders the Pakistani-ruled tribal areas of North Waziristan and Kurram. Like most of the traditional Pashtun eastern areas of Afghanistan, the Durand Line that marks the border with Pakistan is "drawn on water", and residents move freely between the two countries. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 776 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1056 × 816 pixel, file size: 30 KB, MIME type: image/png) Map of the districts of Paktia province of Afghanistan. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 776 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1056 × 816 pixel, file size: 30 KB, MIME type: image/png) Map of the districts of Paktia province of Afghanistan. ... North Waziristan (Urdu: شمالی وزیرستان) is the northern part of Waziristan, a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11 585 km² (4,473 mi²). It comprises the area west and south-west of Peshawar between the Tochi river to the north and the Gomal river to the south... Kurram can refer to either: Kurram River - a river on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan Kurram Agency - FATA area of Pakistan This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Pashtuns (also Pushtun, Pakhtun, ethnic Afghan, or Pathan) are an ethno-linguistic group consisting mainly of eastern Iranian stock living primarily in eastern and southern Afghanistan, and the North West Frontier Province, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan. ... The Durand Line is the term for the poorly marked 2,640 kilometer (1,610 mile) border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. ...


Major tribes in the province include the Zazi, Mangal, Zadran, Wazir, Ahmadzai, Gurbaz, Niazi and Kurram. The Zazi (also spelled Zazai and Dzadzi, pronounced Dza-dzai) are a Pashtun tribe. ... Above and below water view at the edge of the mangal Mangroves are woody trees or shrubs that grow in mangrove habitats or mangal (Hogarth, 1999). ... A Vizier (وزير, sometimes also spelled Wazir) is an Arabic term for a high-ranking religious and political advisor, often to a king or sultan. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Kurram can refer to either: Kurram River - a river on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan Kurram Agency - FATA area of Pakistan This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Paktia is made up of 12 districts (District Centers are given in parentheses): Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ...

  • Tsamkani (Chamkani)
  • Dand Wa Patan (Ghondai)
  • Gardez District (Gardez, Afghanistan)
  • Zadran District (Waza, Afghanistan)
  • Zazi (Ali Khel)
  • Jani Khel District (Jani Khel)
  • Lazha Mangal District (Lazha)
  • Sayed Karam District (Seyyed Karam)
  • Shwak District (Shwak)
  • Zurmat District (Zarmal)
  • Ahmadzai District (Ahmadaba)

Gardez is the capital of Paktia Province, Afghanistan. ... The Zazi (also spelled Zazai and Dzadzi, pronounced Dza-dzai) are a Pashtun tribe. ...

Important geographical features

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Paktia Province - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (450 words)
Paktia (Persian: پکتیا) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, in the east of the country.
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Paktia used to be a unified province with Khost and Paktika.
Khost Province: Information from Answers.com (262 words)
Khost (Persian: خوست) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan.
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