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Chakari (Cakaray, Chakaray) was a village in Khaki Jabbar District, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. In the 1990s during the Afghan Civil War large portions of it were destroyed, and many people left.[1] As of 2002 many of the former inhabitants had not returned.[1]

Chakari is located in Afghanistan
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 34°20′6″N 69°26′24″E / 34.33500°N 69.44000°E / 34.33500; 69.44000Coordinates: 34°20′6″N 69°26′24″E / 34.33500°N 69.44000°E / 34.33500; 69.44000
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceKabul Province
DistrictKhaki Jabbar District
7,730 ft (2,356 m)
Time zoneUTC+4:30
"Minaret of Chakari" sketched in 1836.

A Buddhist pillar, known as the "Minaret of Chakari" was located there,[2][3] and appears to have given the village its name.[4] It was built in the 1st century AD. The pillar was heavily damaged during the Afghan Civil War, and was subsequently destroyed by the hardline Taliban regime in March 1998.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Region District Profile:Khak-e-Jabbar" Archived 27 October 2005 at the Wayback Machine UNHCR Sub-Office Central, 31 July 2002
  2. ^ "Minaret of Chakari" Programme Management Information System Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, via Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with photograph
  3. ^ Ball, W.; McNicoll, A. W.; Rao, G. K. (1990) "The Minar-i Chakari: report on the Society's preservation work" South Asian Studies (London) 6: pp. 229-239
  4. ^ Dorneich, Christof M. (1999) Minar-i Chakari: Afghanistan's lost and unsolved architectural riddle of great antiquity (Spach library series #3) Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage, Pestawar, Pakistan, page 12, OCLC 247507395, a translation of Dorneich, Christof M. (1968) Minar-i Tschakari : illustrierte Studie zur Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte der beiden buddhistischen Säulen bei Kabul University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  5. ^ Hunt, Luke (2 September 1999) "Afghan relics turn to dust amid war and neglect" Agence France Presse, via Lexis/Nexis subscription service
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