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Upper Dir

Upper Dir (Pashto: دیر بالا‎) is one the 24 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The district was formed in 1996, when Dir District was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir.


Upper Dir district is 3,699 square kilometres in area and formed part of the former Malakand Division, lying along the Afghanistan border between Chitral, Bajaur Agency and Lower Dir.
It is connected with the Kohistan District via the Badawi Pass and connected with Chitral District through Lawari Pass and with Afghanistan through Bin Shahi Pass.

Language & Tribes 

Pashto is the main language. A few people speak Hindko (a variant of Punjabi), Gujari and Khowar (Chitrali).
The majority of the population in this area are Yousafzai and Swati Pashtuns while the ruling class was khosro.


The district is administratively subdivided into six tehsils which contain a total of 31-3=28 (3 UCs shifted to Lower Dir namely Khall, Akhagram and Toor Mang) Union Councils:[1]
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