Kohat is a district of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Kohat city is the capital of the district. It is inhabited by various Pashtun tribes such as Afridi, Khattak, Bangash and the Orakzai.
Language and history
Pashto language and Kohati, Majhi and Thalochi dialects of Punjabi Language and are the predominant languages of the district. Other languages spoken include Urdu and english.
From the early sixteenth century the history of Kohat revolves around three major tribes namely Bangash, Afridi and Khattak. These people appear to have settled in the district, during 14th am 15th centuries. From 16th to 18th centuries, Kohat remained a part of Afghanistan, administered by the Chiefs of two afore mentioned tribes. In the beginning of 19th century Kohat came under the control of Sikhs who ultimately withdrew leaving to the administrative control of Khan of Teri in 1836.
About 16th century, the Bangash tribe elders Who's named Khalid Khan Afghani.[clarification needed] Who come To Gardez, the main City of Afghanistan, and attacked the kohat during the last Afghan King Babar and they occupied in kohat.
Kohat was annexed to the British dominion on 28 March 1849 with the rest of Punjab and an Assistant Commissioner was posted there to run the administration and to look after the British interests. In the initial stages of the British administration, the locals of the area posed considerable problems. Later on, some of the tribe joined with the British government and helped them in running the area. Nevertheless, the Britishers were never at peace in this part of their kingdom as resistance and opposition always cropped from one quarter or the other. But their tactics of "Divide and Rule" ultimately strengthened their hold over the region. They put one tribe against the other by giving preference to one against the other and finally succeeded in administering them. An example of unrest against the British in this area is the event of the brave Afridi Ajab Khan, who forced the entire British administration of the district to surrender to his demands.
Kohat district is divided into two Tehsils.
Lachi (Lachi is one of the largest village of Kohat. Situated on the southern border with Karak district)
The district is represented in the provincial assembly by three elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:
1.^ History of Kohat
2.^ Constituencies and MPAs - Website of the Provincial Assembly of the NWFP