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Following Muslim Arab and Turkic conquests from the seventh to eleventh centuries, Pashtun ghazis (warriors for the faith) invaded and conquered much of northern India during the Khilji dynasty (1290-1321), Lodhi dynasty (1451-1526) and Suri dynasty (1540-1556).
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The vast majority of Pashtuns live in an area stretching from western Pakistan to southwestern Afghanistan.
The exact measure of those figures remains uncertain, particularly for Afghanistan, which has been affected by approximately three million Afghan refugees (of which 81.5 percent or 2.49 million claim ethnic Pashtuns lineage) that remain in Pakistan.
An unknown number of refugees continue to reside in Iran.
In addition, Quetta and Kabul have ethnically mixed cities with large Pashtun populations.
With 1.5 million ethnic Pashtuns, Karachi stands the largest Pashtun city in the world.
Additional Pashtun communities reside in the Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir, and Sindh provinces of Pakistan as well as throughout Afghanistan and in the Iranian region of Khorasan.