The Zazi (Pashto: ځاځی; plur. ځاځي), also spelled Zazai, or Jaji, is a Karlani Pashtun tribe. Zazi is a (Pashtun tribe) which falls under the Karlani tribe of the Pashtuns. They are found in Paktia and Khost provinces of Afghanistan, but they have a small population in Kabul city and Baghlan province of Afghanistan as well. A large number of Zazi (Jaji) also reside in the Kurram Agency of North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan for the last few centuries. The Zazi are divided into nine wands: 1(Hashim Kehil),2(Lehwani), 3(Ada Khel), Petla (combined with the Allisengeh), Hassan Khel, Karaia Ahmad Khel, Ahmad Khel (combined with the Bayan Khel), Ali Khel, and the Jamu Khel.
Ethnicity and geography
Zazi tribe is inhabited in four major geographic locations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Aryob Zazi is in Paktia province and majority of Zazi tribe live here.
- Maidan Zazi, district in the Khost province.
- Kwarma (Kurram) Zazi is a political agency in the Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan bordering with Aryob Zazai. A large population of Zazi have been living in Kwarma (Kurram) over the past few centuries.
- Kabul Zazi A very large population of Zazi tribe are also living in the Kabul city of Kabul province. Majority of the population in areas like Kalacha, kart-e naw, Shashdarak, Pul-e Mahmood Khan are inhabited by Zazi.