khyber pakhtoonkhawah

For other uses, see North West Frontier.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
خیبر پښتونخوا
—  Province  —

Counter-clockwise from top left:Peshawar Museum, Malam Jabba Ski Resort, Khyber Pass, Swat Valley, Islamia College, Peshawar,

Lake Saiful Muluk, Naran


Coordinates: 34.00°N 71.32°ECoordinates: 34.00°N 71.32°E
Country Pakistan
Established July 1, 1970
Capital Peshawar
Largest city Peshawar
 • Type Province
 • Body Provincial Assembly
 • Governor Syed Masood Kausar[1]
 • Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti
 • High Court Peshawar High Court
 • Total 74,521 km2 (28,773 sq mi)
Population (2008 est.)
 • Total 20,215,000
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Other: Kohistani, Saraiki, Punjabi, Persian

Assembly seats 124
Districts 25
Union Councils 986

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا[xaiˈbər pəxtunˈxwɑ]; Urdu: خیبر پختونخوا‎ [ˈxɛːbər pəxˈtuːnxwaː]), locally called Pakhtunkhwa (literally “area of Pashtuns“) and formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province and various other names, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the north-west of the country. It borders the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south, Gilgit–Baltistan to the north-east, Azad Kashmir to the east and Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory to the south-east. The province of Balochistan is located southwards while Afghanistan borders Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the north-west. The main ethnic group in the province are the Pashtun people; other smaller ethnic groups include most notably the Hindkowans, Dards, Chitralis (who include the Kalasha) and Gujjars.

The provincial language is Pashto, spoken by the majority as first language; Urdu, the national language, is widely spoken as a second language. English, the official language of Pakistan, is mainly used for official and literary purposes. The provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar.


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