Mihtarlam District

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Country Afghanistan
ProvinceLaghman Province
DistrictMihtarlam District
779 m (2,556 ft)
 • Urban
32,949 [1]
Time zoneUTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Standard Time)

Mihtarlam district is located in the center of Laghman Province and consists of the urban centre and provincial capital Mihtarlam and 24 major villages and 269 sub-villages.

Mihtarlam derives its name from Mihtarlam Baba (Lamech), who was purported to be the father of the prophet Noah.[2]

It borders with Kabul Province to the west, Alishing and Alingar districts to the north and Qarghayi District to the east and south.

The district's population is 121,200 (as of 2006) - 60% Pashtun, 35% Tajik and 5% Pashai; the city of Mehterlam has a population of 32,949.[1] It has 10 districts and a total land area of 1,397 hectares;[3] the total number of dwellings in this city is 3,661.[3]

The Alishang river pours into Alingar river just south of the district center, and the lands around them are irrigated. Agriculture is the main source of income. Many young men search for work in Iran and Pakistan.

About 59% of the houses were partially or fully destroyed during the wars. Many people fled, but now they are returning.

Land use[edit]

Mehterlam is located in eastern Afghanistan 40 km from Jalalabad and between two rivers: Alishing and Alingar, it is almost equally divided between built-up land (51%) and non built-up land (49%).[3] Residential land is largely clustered in Districts 1-3.[3] District 1 is also home to a large commercial and institutional area (50 ha).[3]


  1. ^ a b "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-10-31.
  2. ^ Ariana Antiqua, Wilson, pg. 97
  3. ^ a b c d e "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015".

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Coordinates: 34°38′44″N 70°10′53″E / 34.6456°N 70.1814°E / 34.6456; 70.1814