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Dera Ismail Khan capital of Dera Ismail Khan District, in KP, Pakistan. Dera Ismail Khan is situated on the west bank of the Indus River, about 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the provincial capital Peshawar, and 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Multan, Punjab.

The original town was swept away by flooding on the Indus River in 1823. The present city was founded by Nawab Sher Muhammad Khan of the Sadduzai clan in 1825 and now stands four miles (6km) away from the permanent channel of the river, atop a small plateau. Nawab Sadozai took into consideration the opinions of Diwan Lakhi Mal and Tej Bhan Nandwani for the city's reconstruction.

Architects were brought in from Punjab, who designed a city where Hindus would live south of the city center and Muslims north of it. The rebuilt city contained a large bazaar for Afghan traders, and the city prospered from trade via the Gomal Pass. An eight-foot mud wall with nine gates was built around the city during this time as well, some of which such as the Kaneran Wala and Sakki survive until today.

All existing buildings date from no earlier than the 19th century.


Kafir Kot is an ancient Hindu temple complex in the Dera Ismail Khan Distt of the KPK of Pakistan. It consists of the ruins of five temples and a large fort. It was an ancient Hindu fort with a famous temple inside its walls.

The remains of the buildings at Kafir Kot.

Researchers and archaeologists say the structures of the buildings are not Buddhist or Jain Stupas, but temples of the Hindu era.




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