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Sirikot
Union council
Sirikot is located in Haripur District
Sirikot is located in Haripur District
Country  Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
District Haripur
Tehsil Ghazi
Population
 • Total 85,000

Sirikot is a Mashwani village in Haripur District and Ghazi Tehsil, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province at 34°10'60N 73°43'50E.[1] It is the principal settlement of the Union Council.[2]

A majority of the population of Sirikot and Gudwallian (Goodvalley) speaks Pashto and are of the Mashwani tribe, of the Sayyid family.

Etymology[edit]

"Sirikot" means "village at the top" or "hill-top village", because "siri" means "top" and "kot" means "village". The name is a reference to its mountainous physical geography.

The mountainous formation of the area is called Gandghar, which also has the Cave of Raja Risalu.

To the west of Haripur Tehsil there is another populous village of the Mashwani's known as Gudwalian ("Goodvalley"), it is located between Haripur city and Sirikot (Ghazi). It is between 12–14 km from Haripur and is the site of "Ali Masjid", a well-known mosque.

Geography and climate[edit]

Due to its high altitude, temperatures in Hazara are cooler than on the plains, though Abbottabad, at 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) still has maxima around 32 °C (90 °F) with high humidity in June and July. Further up, temperatures are cooler, often cooler than the Northern Areas valleys due to the cloudiness. In winter, temperatures are cold, with minima in January around 0 °C (32 °F) and much lower in the high mountains. Snowfalls are not uncommon even at lower levels.

Hazara lies close to the crossroads formed by the Indus River and the Grand Trunk Road. The Karakoram Highway begins at the town of Havelian and goes north through the division towards China via the Northern Areas. While, the Sirikot village is a mountainous area lying towards the west of Haripur District on West of Tarbela Dam. The nearest Union Council to this is Kundi-Umarkhana, which have Mashwani population in Majority as Sirikot towards Tarbela (Ghazi) side. On the other hand, Gudwalian, another populated area of Mashwanis, lies closer to Haripur city. The climate of Sirikot is better than Haripur on average due to its hilly location on the upper range of Tarbela.

Population[edit]

Nintety-five percent of the population of Sirikot speaks Pashto but there are some whose mother tongue is Hindko. Mashwani (Sayyid) is the major tribe in Sirikot but there are a few other Pashtuns. The population of the Sirikot Union Council was estimated to be around 85,000 in 2005. The total area of Hazara is 18,013 km².

Sub-tribes[edit]

The sub-tribes of Mashwani residing in the area include: Manikhel, Jalal Khail, Sahib Khail, Sen Khail (Moolhan), Dura Khail, Bhatal, Haseen Khail, Wares Khail, Wahdet Khail, Baji Khel, Ludin, Matkani, Roghani, Ganjiyan, Murjankhel, Janikhel, Rahatkhel, Senkhael.

The Mashwani population of Sirikot was around 50,000 and 35,000 other Pashtuns Yousafzai,Tareen,Jadoon,Utmanzai,Dilazak and Taniwal(Tanoli).

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°10′N 73°43′E / 34.167°N 73.717°E / 34.167; 73.717


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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:21:34 -0700

Agreeing to his terms, Aroosha left home with Farhan and reached Kheroch village near Sirikot Town of Ghazi tehsil on Tuesday afternoon. Once at Kheroch, Farhan allegedly raped Aroosha. The victim, though traumatized, pleaded him to marry her, saying ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:36:34 -0700

Some of them now speak Hindko while others like the ones in Sirikot, Nara Amazai, Bafa, Torghar and Battagram areas still speak Pashto. Khan appeared to be optimistic about PM Nawaz Sharif's stand on the new province. Another argument in favour of a ...
 
The News International
Tue, 27 May 2014 16:37:30 -0700

“We probed the matter and found that the SIM was registered in the name of one Dildar Shah from Sirikot. However, he was innocent,” said District Police Officer (DPO) Haripur, Mohammad Ijaz Khan. He added that the SIM was used in an exclusive cell ...
 
The Friday Times
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:18:45 -0700

In 2009, I revisited the walled city of Peshawar, known as undroon-e shehr, which is where my mother spent her childhood after her parents moved from their village of Sirikot in Hazara. Our childhood had been filled with stories of her own blissful ...
 
The Express Tribune
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:45:00 -0700

Among them is Muhammad Ilyas, a rural artisan from Sirikot in Hazara. He has been carrying on the family tradition, under the tutelage of his father, Abdul Qayyum, who would chisel tombstones. “At the time, that's the only thing people needed stone ...
 
The Express Tribune
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:25:01 -0700

Aksar had left for Giyari on March 28 after attending his brother's marriage ceremony at his house in Kiyari village in Sirikot union council. He was ill when he left and last contacted his family on March 31. “He told his mother it was the last time ...
 
The Express Tribune
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 01:40:33 -0800

He was speaking to media persons on Friday at PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah's residence in Sirikot. Nawaz said he had suggested at an all parties conference earlier this year that the government scrap all “secret agreements that Musharraf had signed with ...
 
The Hindu
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:33:22 -0700

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