This article is about the Pashtoon tribe. For the pashtun clan, see Kakkar. For the village in Iran, see Karkar, Selseleh. For the deer, see Muntjac.

The Kakar (Pashto:کاکړ ، Urdu:کاکڑ) is a Gharghashti Pashtun tribe, with majority members living in Pakistan and Afghanistan who originate from the Current Pak-Afghan border regions and from the Ghazni province of present Eastern Afghanistan.

Legendary origin

Kakars are sons of Gharghasht (Gharghakht), who was the son of Qais Abdul Rashid. According to historians, Gharghasht 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.

The Mashwanis, a half-Pashtun and half-Arab tribe settled in Haripur District of Hazara, Pakistan, are also supposed to be remotely connected to the Kakars in the female line, but they are said to be descanded from Syed Muhammad Gesu daraz eleventh descanded from Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[1][2][3][4][5] However some scholars are said that they are indeginious tribe of Arya, Pukhtoons and other mixed tribes.


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).


Further reading


  1. (Pakistan), Baluchistan (1979-01-01). Balochistan Through the Ages: Tribes. Nisa Traders : sole distributors Gosha-e-Adab.
  2. Khān, Muḥammad Ḥayāt (1981-01-01). Afghanistan and Its Inhabitants. Sang-e-Meel Publications.
  3. Bellew, Henry Walter (1978-01-01). Journal of a Political Mission to Afghanistan, in 1857, Under Major (now Colonel) Lumsden: With an Account of the Country and People. Orient Research Centre.
  4. (Pakistan), Baluchistan (1907-01-01). Baluchistan District Gazetteer Series: Quetta-Pishin. printed at Bombay Education Society's Press.
  5. Khalil, Malik Muhammad. Tribe Khalil & The Brighten Persons Of Khalil: Tribe Khalil, famous people of tribe khalil (in Arabic). AttaUrRehman.
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