The provinces are administrative units within Afghanistan. Unlike a country’s capital, each province has its own unique characteristics and history, which may vary substantially from region to region. Each province forms part of a larger unit (region) called a maqam, which encompasses a number of sub-regions.
For example, Kohistan is an administrative district in Pakistan with a population of over 200,000 people, which is located along the Pir Panjal Range and contains parts of two other provinces: Faryab and Khost.
Two new provinces have been added to the south of Afghanistan, Daikondi and Panjshir. These are the first provinces created since 2001.
Afghanistan has a total of 32 provinces:
- Takhar Uruzgan Zabul
On August 15th, 2021 the Taliban took control of all provinces except the Panjshir province.