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LocationAfghanistan, Pakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Parent tribeSarbani
BranchesMahmund, Salarzai, Isazai, Ismailzai
Religion Islam

The Tarkani (Pashto: ترکاڼي tarkāṇī) or Tarkalani (Pashto: ترکلاڼي tarkalāṇī) are a Pashtun tribe mainly settled in Bajaur District, Lower Dir district, Barawal upper dir and in Kabal and Matta tehsil of district Swat Pakistan but originally hailed from the Laghman province of modern-day Afghanistan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] They are settled in large parts of Kunar province of Afghanistan and other parts of Afghanistan. In Kunar they stretch all the way up to Naray district of Afghanistan, and are majority in Dangam, Asmar, half of Gehazi Abad, Marah wara, half of Barkani district (other half being Safi dominated) etc, all districts in Kunar, Afghanistan.[7] they are cousins of Yousafzai with whom fought battles against dalzak and Mughals . Unfortunately their achievements are historically given to Yousafzai only make them among least known tribes of pushtons


The Tarkani is split into four clans. These include:

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ %22Tareekh-e-Kakazai%22 (a.k.a."Hidayat Afghani-Tareekh-e-Kakazai Tarkani" - (Originally Published May, 1933 in Urdu)
  2. ^ "A Dictionary of the Pathan Tribes of the North West Frontier of India"published by The General Staff Army Headquarter, Calcutta, India - (Originally Published 1910) :: Kakazai / Kakayzai Pathan Tribe is mentioned on Page 22 (under ‘K’ -Kakazai), Page 12 (under ‘D’ - Daulat Khel - A sub-division of Kakazai Pathans), Page 26 (under 'K' - Khulozai - A sub-division of Kakazai Pathans), Page 29 (under ‘M’ -Maghdud Khel,Mahsud Khel and Mahmud Khel - sub-divisions of Kakazai Pathans), Page 47 (under 'U' - Umar Khel - A sub-division of Kakazai Pathans) and Page 50 (under 'Y' - Yusaf Khel - A sub-division of Kakazai Pathans)
  3. ^ "Frontier and Overseas Expeditions from India" Volume One published by Government Mono Type Press, Simla, India - (Originally Published 1907) :: Kakazai / Kakayzai Pathan Tribe is mentioned between Page 515- 555-You can read these volumes online, thanks to Internet Archives though their market value is around $11000 ::
  4. ^ Family Tree of Qais Abdul Rashid :: Spelled as Kaka Zai under the offsprings ofKharashboon (Khair ud Din) ::[usurped]
  5. ^ Tarkanri (Tarkalani or Tarkani) Tribe of Bajaur Agency and Dir - By "FATA Awareness Initiative"
  6. ^ پښتانه قبيلی وپېژنئ - ډاکټر لطيف ياد - خېبر وېب پاڼه[usurped] - pp 86-89 & 261-262 & 310-312 (in Pashto)
  7. ^ "Kunar Tribal Map by Naval Postgraduate School". Naval postgraduate school.