Paktia Province

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Coordinates: 33°36′N 69°30′E / 33.6°N 69.5°E / 33.6; 69.5
Paktia (پکتیا)
Province
Paktia in Afghanistan.svg
Landscape in Paktia Province
Country Afghanistan
Capital Gardez
 - coordinates 33°36′N 69°30′E / 33.6°N 69.5°E / 33.6; 69.5
Area 6,432 km² (2,483 sq mi)
Population 415,000 (2002) [1]
Timezone UTC+4:30
languages Pashto
Map of Afghanistan with Paktia highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Paktia highlighted

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.

Districts[change | edit source]

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

Districts of Paktia Province
District Capital Population Area[2] 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

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