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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa   locally called Pukhtunkhwa (means: area ofPakhtuns), 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 Afghanistan to the north-west, Gilgit–Baltistan to the north-east,Azad Kashmir to the east, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south, Balochistan to the south and Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory to the south-east. The main ethnic group in the province is the Pashtuns; other smaller ethnic groups include most notably the Hindkowans, Gujjars and Chitralis.
The principal language is Pashto. The provincial capital is Peshawar.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sits primarily on theIranian plateau and comprises the junction where the slopes of the Hindu Kushmountains on the Eurasian plate give way to the Indus-watered hills approaching South Asia. This situation has led to seismic activity in the past.[3] The famous Khyber Pass links the province to Afghanistan,

The province has an area of 28,773 mi² or (74,521 km²) - comparable in size to New England in North America.[4] The province's main districts are Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat,Kohistan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra, Swat,buner vally Bannu andKarak. Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu are the main cities. The hilly terrain of Kalam, Upper Dir,Swat,Naran and Kaghan is renowned for its beauty and attracts a great many tourists from neighboring regions and from around the world. Swat is popular among tourists as the "Switzerland of South Asia" The density of population is 187 per km² The region varies in topography from dry rocky areas in the south to forests and green plains in the north The climate can be extreme with intensely hot summers to freezing cold winters. Despite these extremes in weather, agriculture remains important and viable in the area.



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