Badakhshan


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Badakhshan

(bädäkhshän`, bədəkhshän`), province (1979 est. pop. 497,000), 17,011 sq mi (44,059 sq km), extreme NE Afghanistan, between the Hindu Kush Mts. and the Amu Darya River. The capital is FaizabadFaizabad
or Feyzabad
, city (1992 est. pop. 9,098), capital of Badakhshan prov., NE Afghanistan, on the Kokcha River. The chief commercial and administrative center of NE Afghanistan and the Pamir region, Faizabad also has rice and flour mills.
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. Renowned for its mineral wealth, it is the world's chief source of lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone. The deposits have been worked for more than 3,000 years. Rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and gold have also been mined. Mountain goats and the famed Marco Polo wild sheep are hunted in the province. Some agriculture and sheep and goat herding are also practiced. In 1859 it became a part of Afghanistan. Badhakshan's most distinctive feature is the Vakhan (Wakhan Corridor), a long narrow panhandle that passes between Tajikistan in the north and Pakistan in the south, linking Afghanistan with the XinjiangXinjiang
or Sinkiang
[Chinese,=new frontier], officially Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Mandarin Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu), autonomous region (2010 pop. 21,813,334), c.637,000 sq mi (1,650,257 sq km), NW China.
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 region in China. Badakhshan was once part of the ancient Greek kingdom of BactriaBactria
, ancient Greek kingdom in central Asia. Its capital was Bactra, present-day Balkh in N Afghanistan. Before the Greek conquest, the region was an eastern province of the Persian Empire.
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. Many of its inhabitants are Tajiks.

Badakhshan,

autonomous province, Tajikistan: see Gorno-BadakhsanGorno-Badakhshan
or Badakhshan,
Tajik Kuhistoni Badakhshon, autonomous province (1991 est. pop. 167,100), c.24,600 sq mi (63,710 sq km), roughly constituting the eastern half of Tajikistan, in the Pamir.
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Regional IEC chief Mohammad Tawfiq Rasikh told Pajhwok Afghan News that 26 of the complaints were registered with the Badakhshan office and 30 by the presidential candidates in Kabul.
Last week, Security chief of Badakhshan province was killed by unknown armed persons.
by Gul Mohammad Tanha on 11 June, 2014 - 16:49 FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Security forces said election would be held in peaceful environment amid stringent security measures but locals said there were still some problems in some parts of northeastern Badakhshan province.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast expressed sorrow on recent conflict in Badakhshan province of Tajikistan which caused damage and casualties to a number of citizens.
by Gul Mohammad Tanha on 3 June, 2014 - 14:05 FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Farmers in northeastern Badakhshan province said growing poverty had forced them to cultivate poppy, threatening no one would be allowed to eradicate the illicit crop until they were provided with alternatives, an official said on Tuesday.
Speaking to FNA on Wednesday, Governor of Badakhshan Shah Valiallah Adib pointed to his province's proximity to China, Tajikistan and Pakistan's Waziristan province, and noted, "Insurgents can infiltrate the Central Asian states such as Tajikistan and other states through the province.
by Gul Mohammad Tanha on 25 May, 2014 - 14:50 FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Calling preliminary results unfair, protesting provincial council candidates in northeastern Badakhshan province on Sunday warned of boycotting the presidential runoff.
Musazai said the best quality tourmaline was called Pulkhrum which could be found in the mountains of Nuristan, Badakhshan and areas of Hazarajat, from where Helmand River originates.
Tajikistan Consul Rustam Makhmudov's vehicle came under attack on his way to Kunduz province on Friday afternoon, the Badakhshan governor's spokesman said.
by Mohammad Asif Ahmadzai on 15 May, 2014 - 22:39 KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid on Thursday called on traders and well-off people to provide more aid to victims of the May 2 landslide that claimed hundreds of lives and buried an entire village in northeastern Badakhshan province.
by Pajhwok reporter on 14 May, 2014 - 19:35 FAIZABAD/CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga delegation headed by Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Wednesday handed over three million afghanis cash to the governor of northeastern Badakhshan for distribution to the May 2 landslide-affected families.
by Pajhwok Report on 9 May, 2014 - 12:28 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) announced on Friday it would organise a charity concert on Sunday to raise money for the victims of the May landslide in Badakhshan province.