Until 1940, this whole area was ruled by the Teri Nawab. Teri was the capital and the only Tehsil. It had tappas (satrapies): Teri, Seni, Khurram and Barak. Between 1940 and 1982 it was a part of Kohat, after the July 1, 1982, it has been an independent district with Karak as its capital.
The district is predominantly populated by Khattak tribe, one of the famous tribes of Pashtuns.
Karak has one of the largest uranium mines in Pakistan under supervision of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Gas has been recently discovered in Shakardara, Gurguri Makori and noshpa banda areas. Agriculture is the main source of living of people.
The district of Karak is administratively subdivided into three tehsils.
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Diverse wild life across the district with annual hunting season of quails, cranes, black and brown pheasants. It is a well known place for hunting quails (batair) and fowl. There are game reserves used for hunting by the VIPs. One such hunting place is Darab o’ Kachch abundant in partridges and quail. Hunting is a popular pastime in the area.
There are a number of Melas (fairs) that take place on a weekly basis, Sabirabad mela on Monday, land kamar mela on Friday and takht-e-e Nasratti mela on Saturday are the most famous fairs of the district with people attending, buying daily food stuff, cattle, also people from neighbouring Bannu attend these fairs.
The two and most popular as act like the vegetable buying in the certain level as below
1. Karak city mela on Sunday
2. Metha Khel mela on Tuesday
3. Land Kamar mela on Friday
4. Takht-e-Nasrati mela on Saturday
5. Mianki(Machaki) mela on Monday