Kurram Valley

Kurram Valley

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Kurram (; Kurma; ) tribal agency is located in the FATA area of Pakistan. Geographically it covers Kurram Valley () which is a beautiful valley in the northwestern part of Pakistan neighboring Afghanistan.

Until the year 2000, when divisions were abolished, the Kurram District used to be part of the Peshawar Division of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

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The name Kurram comes from the river Kurram which flows along the valley. The valley in the north is surrounded by snow-covered or 'White' Mountains (the Safed Koh) which also forms the natural border with Afghanistan.

The Kurram River drains the southern flanks of the Safed Koh mountain range, and enters the Indus plains north of Bannu. It flows west to east and crosses the Paktia Province Afghan-Pakistan border at about 80 km southwest of Jalalabad, and joins the Indus near Isa Khel after a course of more than 320 km (200 miles). The district has an area of 3,310 km² (1,278 sq. miles); the population according to the 1998 census was 448,310. It lies between the Miranzai Valley and the Afghan border, and is inhabited by Turi Pashtuns, a sect of Turki (Turkish origins) on the western and central side who are supposed to have subjugated the Bangash about six hundred years ago. The majority of the population is Pashto-speaking, but unlike most Pashtuns they are Twelver Shiites. The eastern portion of the valley is inhabited...
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