Peshawar is a city in Pakistan, and it is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. With a population of 1,970,042 according to the 2017 census, Peshawar is the largest city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the sixth-largest in Pakistan.
Etymology[change | change source]
Peshawar is derived from Purushapura which means city of men (Purusha means Man).
History[change | change source]
Situated in a valley near the historic Khyber Pass, close to the border with Afghanistan, Peshawar's recorded history dates back to at least 539 BCE, making it the oldest city in Pakistan and one of the oldest in South Asia. Peshawar was the capital of the ancient Kushan Empire and also served as the capital for Durrani Empire.
Demographics[change | change source]
The main language spoken in Peshawar are Pashto while some speak Hindko. Urdu is understood throughout the city.
Religions[change | change source]
Peshawar is mostly muslim which make 98.5% of the city's population in the 1998 census. Christians make up the second largest religious group with around 20,000 adherents, while over 7,000 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live in Peshawar. Hindus and Sikhs are also found in the city − though most of them migrated to India following the Partition of British India in 1947.
Afghan refugees[change | change source]
In 2005, Peshawar district was home to 611,501 Afghan refugees — who made-up 19.7% of the district's total population and 20% of all Afghan refugees in Peshawar.
Geographical importance[change | change source]
The city has always been very important as it served as a trading center during Mughal Empire. It is connected to important places in the country by road, rail and air.