Achakzai

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Achakzai (Pashto : اڅکزی), pronounced a-sak-zai in Pashto, is a Pashtun tribe that resides on both sides of the Durand Line, centered on Killa Abdullah District in Pakistan with some clans as far away as Afghanistan's Kandahar Province. [ citation needed ]

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The Achakzai is a section of the larger Zirak Durrani tribe. [1] Their name comes from the fact that they trace agnatic (patrilineal) descent from Achak Khan - the paternal grandson of Barak Khan, from whom are descended the Barakzai tribe of Pashtuns; thus, the Achakzai are a branch or sept of the Barakzai, who are themselves a branch of the Zirak Durrani tribe. [ citation needed ]

They are divided into two sub-tribes, namely: [2]

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