Orakzai

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Orakzai () is a Pashtun tribe settled in the Orakzai Agency of Pakistan. It consists of eighteen clans. Most of the members are situated in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

Location

The Orakzai are a Pashtun tribe on the Kohat border of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, near the provincial capital of Peshawar,. The Orakzais inhabit the mountains to the north-west of Kohat district, bounded on the north and east by the Afridi or Khyber Agency , on the south by the Bangash or Miranzai Valley and on the west by the Zaimukht country and the Safed Koh mountains. Due to limited resources and fertile land, many Orakzai have settled in Pakistan's major urban centres such as Hangu, Rhall, Peshawar, Attock, (Nowshera-Amangarh), Islamabad, Sialkot, Wazirabad, Lahore, Abbottabad and Karachi.and PARACHINAR

Religion

The Orakzai's are mostly Muslims from both major sects Sunni and Shia. There are some Sikh's also living along with Orakzai, but they are said to be originally Afridis.

History

Origins

The Orakzai tribes take their name, which literally means the lost son (Wrak Dzoy), from a romantic legend about their ancestor, Sikandar Shah who was a prince from Iran. He was exiled or lost, and after many adventures he married and settled in Tirah."Census of India, 1901, Volume 17, Part 1" by India Census Commissioner, Edward Albert Gait. Published by the Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1902. Pg...
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