Khost Province facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Map of Afghanistan with Khost highlighted
|• Total||4,151.5 km2 (1,602.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||138.4035/km2 (358.463/sq mi)|
Khost is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the eastern part of the country. To the east, Khost Province is bordered by Waziristan and Kurram in Pakistan. Khost Province used to be part of Paktia Province in the past, and the larger region surrounding Khost is still called Loya Paktia ("Greater Paktia").
The city of Khost serves as the capital of Khost province. The population of Khost province was estimated to be around 546,800. Other sources put the number at over a million. The Pashtun people make up 99% of the population, with the remaining 1% being Tajiks and others. Khost Airport serves the province for domestic flights to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.
In 1924, Khost Province, Then known as Southern Province, was the scene of a rebellion by the Mangal Pashtun Tribe, known as the Khost rebellion. The rebellion was ultimately unsuccessful, and was defeated in 1925 by the Afghan Government.
All law enforcement activities throughout the province are controlled by the Afghan National Police (ANP). The border of Afghanistan's Khost province with neighboring Pakistan's FATA is monitored and protected by the Afghan Border Police (ABP), which is part of the ANP. The border is called the Durand Line and is known to be one of the most dangerous in the world due to heavy militant activities and illegal smuggling.
|Nadir Shah Kot||37,193|
|Shamal||13,523||Shifted from Paktia Province in 2005|
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Khost, the capital of Khost province
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