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The Tarakai or Taraki (Pashto : تره کي) is a khilji [1] Pashtun tribe; manly found in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan, their traditional power base. They are divided into six clans: Lilizai, Mul, Gurbuz, Badin, Saki, and Murekkhel. [2]

The Tarakai were one of the Pashtun tribes resettled under the rule of king Abdur Rahman Khan in the late 19th century. [3]

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  2. Zabul Province. Center for Culture and Conflict Studies, (US) Naval Postgraduate School
  3. Amin Saikal; Ravan Farhadi; Kirill Nourzhanov (2006). Modern Afghanistan: a history of struggle and survival. I.B.Tauris. p. 38. ISBN   978-1-84511-316-2.