The Tarakai (or Taraki) are a Ghilji[1] Pashtun tribe; many are found in Ghazni (their traditional powerbase) and Zabol provinces of Afghanistan. They are divided into six khels: the Firoz, Suhail, lilizai, Gurbuz, Badin, Saki, and Na.[2]

The Tarakai were one of the Pashtun tribes resettled under the rule of king Abdur Rahman Khan in the late 19th century. While clearing the Hazara people of Bamiyan to make way for the Tarakai Pashtuns, the ethnic cleansing was so extreme that "not even the dogs remained behind."[3] They are also living in district swabi , because the Provincial Health Minister of kpk is also belongs to Tarakai who is from swabi.

Notable people


  1. García Ayuso, Francisco (1878). El Afghanistan. Madrid: R. Labajos. p. 99.
  2. Zabul Province. Center for Culture and Conflict Studies, (US) Naval Postgraduate School
  3. Amin Saikal; Ravan Farhadi; Kirill Nourzhanov (28 November 2006). Modern Afghanistan: a history of struggle and survival. I.B.Tauris. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-1-84511-316-2. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
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