The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa abbreviated as KPK (Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا‎ , formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province abbreviated as NWFP, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country. Its provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar, followed by Mardan

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) is one of the most legendary places on earth. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as it is and was popularly known, of all Pakistan’s Provinces, is arguably the most diverse ethnically; the most varied in terrain and sports a vigorous cultural spectrum.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa conjures up a world of valour and war, of rugged men and mountains, of tribesmen shaped in a heroic, hospitable mould. Gateway to the Subcontinent, since times immemorial, it has witnessed migration-waves of peoples, campaigns of conquerors, flow of innumerable caravans of commerce, influx of intellectuals, artists, poets and saints from the north into its fertile valleys and onwards to the plains of the Punjab, Sindh and beyond the Indus to South Asia.

The routes which figured as corridors of invasion and arteries of international traffic brought not only men and material but also ideas which fertilized all of India. Over the centuries this area was instrumental in the spread of many concepts and intellectual thought. Buddhism found its finest expression here in the Gandhara civilization. And from here it spread northwards to pollinate Central Asia, north-east to China, Japan and the Far East. Then came Islam with its unique transforming sweep.

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