Ghazni Province

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Coordinates: 33°30′N 68°00′E / 33.5°N 68°E / 33.5; 68
Ghazni (غزنى)
Province
Country Afghanistan
Capital Ghazni
 - coordinates 33°30′N 68°00′E / 33.5°N 68°E / 33.5; 68
Area 22,915 km² (8,848 sq mi)
Population 931,000 (2002)
Timezone UTC+4:30
Main languages Pashto
Dari Persian
Map of Afghanistan with Ghazni highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Ghazni highlighted

Ghazni (Persian: غزنی) (Pashto: غزني) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City.

Demographics and geography[change | change source]

The major ethnic groups in the province are Pashtuns (51%), and Persian speaking Hazaras and Tajiks (47%). There are also some Burki, and Uzbeks. Ghazni is made up of 19 districts.

Districts of Ghazni. Note: this is the old district map.
District name District Center Ethnical data(%)[1]
Ab Band Haji Khel 100% Pashtun
Ajristan Sangar 97% Hazara, 3% Pashtun
Andar Miray 100% Pashtun
Dih Yak Ramak 89% Pashtun, 11% Tajik
Gelan Janda 100% Pashtun
Ghazni Ghazni 50% Tajik, 25% Hazara, 25% Pashtun
Giro Pana 100% Pashtun
Jaghatu Gul Bahawari 88% Hazara, 22% Pashtun
Jaghori Sange-e-Masha 100% Hazara
Khogyani Khogyani 100% Pashtun
Khwaja Umari Kwaja Umari 45% Hazara, 35% Tajik and 20% Pashtun
Malistan Malistan 100% Hazara
Muqur Muqur 85% Pashtun, 15% Tajik
Nawa Nawa 100% Pashtun
Nawur Du Abi 100% Hazara
Qarabagh Qarabagh 50% Hazara, 40% Tajik, 10% Pashtun
Rashidan Rashidan 96% Pashtun, 4% Hazara
Waghaz Waghaz 100% Pashtun
Zana Khan Dado 100% Pashtun

Some Sikhs and Hindus also live in Ghazni province. During the Taliban regime they fled the country. With the current administration they have returned to Ghazni city.

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Band E Sardeh Dam is located in Andar District near the border with Paktika Province. It creates a large water reservoir that is important to the irrigation of the Kahnjoor farming zone.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ethnic demographic statistics taken from http://www.aims.org.af