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Sakzai (Pashto : سکزی), also called Sagzai, Sagzi, and Sijzi, are a Pashtun tribe of the Ghilzai branch in Afghanistan located around the historical region of Sistan (modern day Nimroz, Helmand and Farah), as well as the Ghor region and the northern parts of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran. [1] Also they can be found among the Baloch tribes. [2]

The Sakzai are 24 subtribes and 95 or 96 clans and approximately make up around 7.5% of Afghanistans nomadic population. [3] Their name suggests a connection with the historic East Iranian Saka tribes of Central Asia, as well as the historical inhabitants of the region, the Sistani Persians, who are also connected to the Sakas.

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References

  1. https://iranicaonline.org/articles/eshaqzi
  2. .The third major tribe in the area is known as Sajdis. The dominant sections of the tribe in the area are Sakazai, who seem really to be of Scythian origin. The Sajdi were true Balochs but, owing partly to inter-marriage, gradually amalgamated with the Brahvis. "3".CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. https://iranicaonline.org/articles/eshaqzi

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