Badakhshan Province facts for kids
|• Total||44,059 km2 (17,011 sq mi)|
|• Estimate (2011-2012)||889,700|
|• Ethnicities||Tajik, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Pashtun|
|• Languages||Persian, Pamiri, Pashto, Kyrgyz, Uzbek|
Badakhshan (Persian: بدخشان - Badakhshān) is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It has 28 Districts. The capital is Feyzabad. It is located in the north-east of the country, between the Hindu Kush and the Amu Darya.
Badakhshan is bordered by Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province and Khatlon Province in Tajikistan to the north and east. In the east is the Wakhan Corridor. The province has a total area of 44,059 km². Much of the land is the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges.
Lapis lazuli has been mined in the Sar-e-Sang mines for over 6,000 years. The mines were the largest and most well-known source in ancient times.
The residents of the province are largely Sunni.
Districts of Badakhshan
|Arghanj Khwa||6||12,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Argo||6||45,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Baharak||7||Baharak||14,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Darayim||6||65,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Darwaz||1||Nusay||21,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Darwazi Bala||1||11,000||Created in 2005 within Darwaz District|
|Fayzabad||6||Fayzabad||46,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Jurm||10||3,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Khash||10||48,000||Created in 2005 within Jurm District|
|Khwahan||2||Khwahan||14,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Kishim||9||63,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Kohistan||7||12,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Kuf Ab||2||16,000||Created in 2005 within Khwahan District|
|Kuran wa Munjan||11||Kuran wa Munjan||8,000|
|Ragh||4||Ragh||37,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Shahri Buzurg||5||Shahri Buzurg||42,000|
|Shiki||6||26,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Shuhada||7||31,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Tagab||6||22,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Tishkan||9||23,000||Created in 2005 from Kishim District|
|Warduj||7||17,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Yaftali Sufla||6||39,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Yamgan||7||20,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Yawan||4||27,000||Created in 2005 within Ragh District|
The province is represented in Afghan domestic cricket competitions by the Badakhshan Province cricket team.
Notable people from Badakhshan
- Burhanuddin Rabbani - leader of the Jamiat-e Islami political party and former president of Afghanistan
- Tahir Badakhshi - political activist
- Latif Pedram - political activist and candidate for Afghanistan's presidency
- Mahboobullah Kushani - political activist and candidate for Afghanistan's presidency
- Mohammad Wali (Prime Minsiter) - Prime Minsiter (Amanullah Khan)
- Shah Wali Taranasaz - Musician
- Nasratullah Nasrat - Afghan cricketer
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Noshaq (or Nowshak) (Dari: نوشاخ) is the second highest independent peak of the Hindu Kush Range after Tirich Mir (7,492 m (24,580 ft)) and lies on the border between Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The north and west sides of the mountain are in Afghanistan whereas the south and eastern sides are in Pakistan. Noshaq is Afghanistan's highest mountain and is located in the northeastern corner of the country along the Durand line which marks the border with Pakistan. It is the westernmost 7000m peak in the world.
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