Pishin District

Pishin District

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Pishin District

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Pishin () was a part of Quetta Pishin district. In 1975 it was separated from Quetta for administrative reasons. It derives its name from the locality Pishin. Pishin is a modernised form of ‘Pushang’, which is old Persian for the Arabic Fushang. Myth attributes the origin of the name to a son of the Emperor Afrasiab and Fushing was the spelling used in the records of the Afghan government. The population of Pishin District was estimated to be over 500,000 in 2005, with 99.9% of the population being Pushtoons.

Precolonial History

Pishin Valley consists of thousands of acres of fruit orchads. The artificial irrigation channels in the area, made by boring holes into rocks to bring to the surface the deep water called Karez and modern agricultural methods have done wonders in the area. The rich harvest of apples, grapes, plums, peaches and apricots is loaded at Yaru Railway Station and or Quetta Airport to different destinations. I discovered the area (and the taste of the fruit there) during my stay in School of Infantry and Tactics Quetta when we used to walk miles and miles in training manoeuvres.Legend attributes the origin of the name Pishin to a son of the Emperor Afrasiab. Up to the middle of the 18th century, when Quetta finally passed into the hands of Brahvi rulers, the history of Pishin is identical with the province of Kandahar. The earliest mention of Pishin is found in the ancient writing in which Pishinorha is described as a valley in an elevated part of the...
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