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Kohistan District
Kohistan is noted for its dramatic mountain scenery
Kohistan is noted for its dramatic mountain scenery
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Established 1 October 1976-2014
Languages Kohistani, Shina, Urdu, Pashto
Ethnicity Dardic Kohistanis, Pashtuns

Kohistan ("Land of Mountains"), also called Abasin Kohistan or Indus Kohistan is an administrative district within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan, covering an area of 7,492 square kilometres (2,893 sq mi); it had a population of 472,570 at the 1998 Census.

Geographically, Kohistan stretches from the border with Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the east and north to Swat and Shangla in the west, and Mansehra and Battagram District in the south.

In 2014, the government divided Kohistan District into Upper Kohistan and Lower Kohistan, carving out one more administrative unit.

Farming and growing livestock are the main focus of the economy there. Growing timber has also become more important in recent years. Kohistan's literacy rate is amongst the lowest in Pakistan and hovers around 20%.

Kohistan is where the Hindukush, Karakuram and Himalayan mountain systems meet and serve as a natural boundary for environmental regions in the chains of the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains. This uniqueness of the mountains system also results in rich flora and fauna and therefore gives home to unique species such as the western tragopan pheasant and the snow leopard.

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