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Kohat () is a medium sized town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located at 33°35'13N 71°26'29E with an altitude of 489 metres (1607 feet) and is the capital of Kohat District. The town centres around a British-era fort, various bazaars, and a military cantonment. A British-built narrow gauge railway runs through the town. Kohat Pass is to the north.

Ancient history

The only other remnants of the Buddhist days is a road cut off the mountain side, on the western skirts of the Jawaki hills near Kotal Post which leads by an even gradient towards the crest.

Kohat Bangash attacked by Babur

Kohat has mix population of Pashto and Hindko speakers. There is a partial parda system in Kohat.

Sikh and British rule

In the beginning of 19th century Kohat came under the control of Sikhs, Ranjit Singh first marched to Peshawar was 1819. The Sikhs possessed almost no control over the territories beyond the Jhelum, which were captured as a direct result of British financing at a time when the Pashtuns were locked in civil war. The Sikhs lost thousands in their futile campaigns in the north west and whatever minimal gains they had made was directly due to British influence who subsequently took over day to day affairs and annexed the territory.Kohat was finally annexed to the British dominion on 28 March 1849 with the rest of Punjab and an Assistant Commissioner was posted here to run the...
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