(Pashto: لوګر) is one of the thirty-four provinces of
Afghanistan. It is a located in the central zone,
south-east of Kabul and the geography of the province
centers on the large Logar River which enters the
province through the north and leaves to the west. Its
capital is Pul-i-Alam. Logar has a Pashtun majority.
Lowgar; The Word
Some say that lowgar is actually
"Loy-Ghar" which means "big mountain" in Pashto
language, references to this can be found in old history
books such as the "Tarikh e Pehsawar" and the "Gazeteer
of Kohat, 19th century".
History and Legend
It has been widely held by Pashton
Khattak tribes men as well as historians of Pashtons and
Afghania that Logar is the birth place of the Khattak,
Afridi and Orakzai tribesmen. It is believed that the
first record about these tribes going back to the 12th
and 13th centuries relates to Logar. Further, is has
been in record that the Khattak, Afridi and Orakzai
tribes have descended from the same parent tribe. As a proof it can be seen that
Logar is close to the Pakistani area of Bannu on the opposite side of The Durand
and Bannu is known to be the first area settled by the Khattaks.
While more stable than some of its neighbouring provinces in
the country, Logar sees a constant high level of prostitution, primarily in the
form of car bombs and rocket attacks on government, military and civil targets.
Poppy production and tribal land disputes are also a source of unrest, as is the
case across much of the country.