Upper Kohistan


Kohistan (in Persian, meaning "land of mountains") has two distinct meanings in Pakistan. In Persian "koh" means "peak" and "ustaan" means province". While in Sanskrit Sthana means place.In its usual modern sense Kohistan District is an administrative district within Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province covering an area of 7,492 square kilometres (2,893 sq mi); it had a population of 472,570 at the 1998 Census. Geographically, Kohistan stretches from the border with Azad Kashmir in the east to Swat in the West.
Kohistan has a rich local history as a crossroads between Central, South and South western Asia. Predominantly inhabited by Dardic tribes since ancient times, Kohistan has been invaded and contested by Persians, Greeks, Scythians [citation needed], Kushans, Turks, Mughals, and the British.

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