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The Hotak (Pashto : هوتک) or Hotaki (هوتکي) is a tribe of the Ghilji confederacy of the Pashtun people. [1] [2] The Hotak started centuries ago as a political family. The first king to take power in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was Mirwais Hotak (1673–1715). [3] After his death many different Hotaks took the throne, such as Mahmud Hotak, Ashraf Hotak, and Hussain Hotak, eventually losing control.

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