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Kurram District
District
Kurram Agency of Pakistan
Kurram Agency of Pakistan
Country  Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Area
 • Total 3,380 km2 (1,310 sq mi)
Population (2017)
 • Total 619,553
 • Density 183.30/km2 (474.7/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Main language Pashto (98.6%)

Kurram District is a district in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Until 2018, it was an agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, with merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it became a district.

Geographically, it covers the Kurram Valley region which is a valley in the northwestern part of Pakistan.

Most of the population is Pashtun and the main religion is Islam (Shia and Sunni).

Until the year 2000, when the old divisions were abolished, the Kurram District used to be part of the Peshawar Division of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

The name Kurram comes from the river Kurram, which flows along the valley. In the north it is surrounded by snow-covered or "white" mountains, the Safed Koh, which also forms the natural border with Afghanistan. The valley is highly irrigated, well populated and crowded with small fortified villages, orchards, and groves.

Zeran dam is located to the north-east of Prachinar. It is also famous for its scenic beauty.

The Kurram Valley in ancient times offered the most direct route to Kabul and Gardez. The route crossed a pass 3,439 m (11,283 ft) high, just over 20 km west of modern Parachinar and sadda, that was blocked by snow for several months of the year.

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