(Urdu: کرک) is a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is situated to the south of Kohat District and on the north side of Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts on the main Indus Highway between Peshawar and Karachi - it is 123 km from the provincial capital Peshawar.
Until 1940, this whole area was ruled by the Teri Nawab. Teri was the capital and the only Tehsil. It had tappas (satrapies): Teri, Seni, Khurram and Barak. Between 1940 and 1982 it was a part of Kohat, after the July 1, 1982, it has been an independent district with Karak as its capital.
The district is predominantly populated by Khattak tribe, one of the famous tribes of Pashtuns.
The series of high and low mountains of salt range enter into Karak from Punjab. There are large number of salt mines in Jatta Ismail Khel Garh jawal khel and Bahadar Khel areas. There are also large number of mines of Gypsum in Jatta valley and Garh jawal khel. Now due to the gas discovery in Makori and Nashpa huge number of industries are being installed beside the road in Jatta Ismail Khel. Jatta Ismail Khel is now becoming emerging economic solution for Karak.
Karak has one of the largest uranium mines in Pakistan under supervision of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Gas has been recently discovered in Shakardara, Gurguri Makori and noshpa banda areas. Agriculture is the main source of living of people.
The district of Karak is administratively subdivided into three tehsils.
- Banda Daud Shah
Hot during the summer temperature touching 30-35and sand storms are common. However, Lakkara regions are the coolest part in summer where people use blankets at night. The best time to visit is between Nov-April with lush green fields of wheat, grams. By the reason of the Khattak nationality is very hard worker on the Government level but they have no accuracy in the job. Then they try to achieve meaningful for the area where is no wheat and other thing act like the green cherry to the bannu stock to send many part of the in country.
Diverse wild life across the district with annual hunting season of quails, cranes, black and brown pheasants. It is a well known place for hunting quails (batair) and fowl. There are game reserves used for hunting by the VIPs. One such hunting place is Darab o' Kachch abundant in partridges and quail. Hunting is a popular pastime in the area.
There are a number of Festivals (Melay) that take place on a weekly basis, Sabirabad mela on Monday, land kamar mela on Friday and takht-e-e Nasratti mela on Saturday are the most famous festivals of the district with people attending, buying daily stuf , entertaining themselves and also people from neighbouring cities attend these festivals.
- Karak city mela on Sunday
- Metha Khel mela on Tuesday
- Land Kamar mela on Friday
- Takht-e-Nasrati mela on Saturday
- Mianki(Machaki) mela on Monday
- Teeri mela on wednsday
- Latamber mela on wednsday
Source: Finance & Planing Department District Karak, Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa