This article has been extracted from
THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF INDIA , 1908.
OXFORD, AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts. Some units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.
A fort rather than a town in the Lash-Jawain (Hok or Hokat) district of the Farrah province of Afghanistan, situated in 31° 41' N. and 61° 35' E. It stands on the right bank of the Farrah Rud, on the end of a promontory projecting from the Dasht-i-Panjdeh. The population of the surrounding district is small, chiefly Ishakzai Durranis, with some Tajiks ; and there are no local industries. The ruins everywhere met with testify to the former prosperity of the country, and contrast strangely with the wretched mud hovels now forming its villages. The ruins are of Arab origin, but include the less artistic and inferior remains of more modern structures. This decay has been caused by the successive invasions and revolutions that have for centuries devastated the district, from the time of Chingiz Khan.