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The Kakar is a Ghurghashti Pashtun tribe, with members living in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


  • Legendary origin 1
  • History 2
  • Notables 3
  • Further reading 4
  • References 5

Legendary origin

Kakars are sons of Ghurghasht (Ghurghakht), who was the son of Qais Abdul Rashid. According to historians, Ghurghasht was alive in 388 AH (Hijri).

In Herat, the Kakar are locally called Kak. Historically, the tribe has been called Kak-kor (lit. family of Kak). The tomb of Kakar (or Kak) is in front of Herat central Jamia Masjid's gate. Some historians concur that Kakar was first buried in Kohistan, but Sultan Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq brought the body to be re-buried in a mosque in the city of Herat.

Kakar’s father’s name was Dani. Dani had four more sons named Panai, Babai, Naghar and Davi. Kakar had actually two real sons. Sanzarkhail was his grandson. There are two main branches in Kakar Sanzarkhel and Santia.


According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908); the Kakar, historically the first tribe in Balochistan with (105,444) persons, the Tareen historically are the second largest tribe in Baluchistan with 37,906 persons (though this likely includes the Durrani), and the Pani (20,682) and Shirani (7,309).

The Kakar tribe has also established an empire in present Pashtun territories; the originator of the Kakar tribe was Dani, who was son of Ghurghasht and grandson of Qais Abdur Rashid.[1] Khan Zardad khan Kakar Barakzai the freedom fighter against British he killed the royal infentery capt one morning Khan zardad khan army looked across the velley at the British army that seemed greatly reinforced. but royal infentery capt had only tried a ruse creating dummies of strew packed in clothes atop extra horses. khan zardad barakzai calmed the unease of his commaders and remained eager to resume the fight .this time he dismounted his entire front line and in 1943 the grand son of zardad khan was arrested khan sultan Muhammad khan have 3 sons and the British hold there son and thy study in london now his 3 generation son live in qta he is a great politician khan Hamayun khan barakzai in Pakistan tehreek-e- insaf the last blood of freedom fighters of kakar barakzai tribe


Kamandar khudaidad khan Kàkãr ex president of ANP Balochistan

Death 1971

Further reading

  • History of Pashtoons,sardar Qurban Ali Jogezai 1979, by Sardar Sher Muhammed Gandapur (Persian)
  • A History of Afghan, 1960, by Abdul Hai Habibi (Persian)
  • The Pathans, 1967, by Sir Olaf Caroe
  • Tarikh-i Khan Jahani wa Makhzan-i Afghani, 1500–1600, by Khwaja Nimatullah Heravi and Hebat Khan Abubakarzai Kakar.(Pashto) (Persian)


  2. ^ http://www.tehreek-e- insaf .com
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