Kitah Potawar

The Potohar plateau, or sometimes pronounced Pothohar Plateau (Urdu: سطح مرتفع پوٹھوہار), is a large region of plateau situated in northern Punjab, Pakistan. It is bounded on the east by the Jhelum River, on the west by the Indus River, on the north by the Kala Chitta Range and the Margalla Hills, and on the south by the Salt Range.[1]

The region roughly covers the modern day Punjab districts of Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum and Rawalpindi and the Islamabad Capital Territory. 

Tribes of the region

The Pothohar region is home to a number of tribal groupings, many of whom occupy distinct tracts. The Jhelum District Gazetteer gave the following account of the tribal groupings at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The population is generally clearly sub-divided into tribes (quoms or zats), having a common name and generally supposed to be descended from a traditional common ancestor by agnatic descent, i.e through males only. Some of the tribes are very homogenous, as for instance the Awans, who number 16 percent of the total population. Others again, such as the Jat, who are returned as numbering 12 percent of the population, are a loose congeries of clans than a compact tribe ... Almost every tribe is again sub-divided into clans (muhi), or smaller groups of agnates, distinctly recognized as descended from a somewhat remote ancestor and usually bearing a common name.[2]

More recent works by the British anthropologist Pnina Werbner have confirmed the continuing strength of tribal feelings among emigrant Pothoharis in the United Kingdom.This region was and still is an important source of recruitment into the old colonial British Indian army, and its successor, the Pakistan Army.Official recruitment policies have also encouraged the sense of tribal belonging among the Pothoharis.

According to the 1931 Census of India,[6] the last to collect data on castes, the largest tribes of the Rawalpindi Division, starting with the largest numerically, were the Arabian Awan, Jat, Gujjar and Kashmiri. The major tribes were: 

Tribe Attock District Jhelum District Rawalpindi District Total:-

Aheer :-173 173
Awan :- 312,243  

Dhund Abbasi:- 29,423
Gakhar :-25,793
Gujjar :-  61,257
Jat :-112,261
Kashmiri  36,776
Khattar :-  4993
Maliar :-  49,164
Mughal :-  41,735
Paracha :-  2259
Pathan :-  68,986
Qureshi :-  22,540
Rajput :-  326,623
Satti :-  15,343
Sayyid:- 44,345

The present Chakwal District was created out of the merger Talagang Tehsil of Attock District and Chakwal Tehsil of Jhelum District in 1985. The Islamabad Capital Territory was carved out of Rawalpindi District in 1959.[7][8][9]

The Plateau portion of the Pothohar region is held by the Rajput, Jat, Maliar, Gujjar and Mughal. The Salt Range is held entirely by the Awan tribe, while the Murree Hills are held by the Dhund Abbasi, Dhanyal, Kethwal and Jasgam. Along the Indus river, the Pathan hold the Chhachh illaqa, which is bordering with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Khattak Pathans hold the Makhad region, where the Kala Chita mountains meet the Indus river.

In terms of the general distribution, the Awan are perhaps the most widely distributed of the tribes, found in almost every district of the Pothohar region.[10] The western portion of the Salt Range is in fact referred to as the Awankari, or country of the Awans.

The Gakhar or Kayani are a tribe local to the Pothohar region, found only in Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Mirpur and Muzaffarabad, Khanpur Hazara, Circle Bakot Hazara

The Pothohar Gujjar are found mainly in Taxila, Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan tehsils of Rawalpindi District.[11] In Jhelum District, they are found in the east district, along the Jhelum river valley, where they hold eighty villages, Kala Gujran being the most important.[12] In Attock District, they are found mainly in Attock Tehsil and Fateh Jang Tehsil. They are almost absent in Chakwal District.

The Pothohar Jat, are found mainly in the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District, with a few also found in Rawalpindi Tehsil. In Attock District, they are found mainly in Fateh Jang Tehsil and Pindigheb Tehsil, mainly along the border with Rawalpindi District.[13] In Chakwal and Jhelum, they form an important element of the population.
Murree Hills and Birote tribes

The plateau is bordered in the east by the Murree Hills. Unlike the tribes settled on the Plateau, for the tribes of the Murree Hills and Birote, paternity is not the only fact worth considering. The author of the Rawalpindi District Gazetteer wrote:
The family bulks much less largely. Family pride is much weaker and more uncommon. Every family is split with feuds which generally have their origin in the domestic disputes to which polygamy gives rise. All the hillmen are democratic and no respect is paid to family pretensions.[14]

The northern half of the Murree Tehsil is held entirely by the Dhund, who claim to be Abbasi Arabs, claiming descent from the Prophet Mohammad's uncle Abbas ibn Abdul Mutalib. The Satti tribe, which claims Rajput ancestry is found confined to the hilly Kotli Sattian Tehsil. In between these two tribes, are wedged the Kethwal, who claim descent from the Greek general Alexander the Great. The Dhanyal hold the western half of the Murree Tehsil, known as the Karor illaqa, as well as villages in the Islamabad Capital Territory. Like the Awan, the Dhanyal claim descent from the Prophet Mohammed's son in-law Ali. The small of the Murree Hill tribes are the Jasgam, who hold several villages in the hilly portion of the Kahuta Tehsil. Like the Dhund, they claim to be Abbasi Arabs.

The Rajputs are found in greatest numbers in the Rawalpindi, Kahuta and Gujra Khan tehsils of Rawalpindi District, Fateh Jang and Pindi Gheb tehsils of Attock District, and found throughout Jhelum and Chakwal districts

The Rupyal is a big tribe in Pothohar and Azad Kashmir which are Jat and some in Pothohar called Rajputs, and mainly did services in army and defence in ancient times and are found in greatest numbers in the Rawalpindi, Kahuta and Gujra Khan tehsils.

The Aheer have been referred to as "an ordinary Musalman peasents, like their neighbours."[15] They are essentially a tribe of the Thal region, with villages in Khushab, Sargodha and Mianwali districts. They are differing and conflicting theories about their origin, as is the case with many other Punjab tribes. One of the tradition connects them to Qutab Shah, the ancestor of the Awan and Khokhar tribes. According to another tradition, they are Yaduvanshi Rajputs, and descended from the Krishna. In the Pothohar region, the Aheer have a small presence, with just two villages, Bher Ahir and Ahir in the Gujar Khan Tehsil.

The Alpial are a Rajput tribe, found mainly in Attock District. They claim descent from the Manj Rajputs, and their claim to Rajput origin is generally admitted. They appear to have settled in their present locality about the same time as the Jodhras and Ghebas, that is about the 15th century, having first wandered through the country now contained in the Khushab and Chakwal districts before settling down in the southern corner of Fateh Jang.

The Alpials occupy a compact block of villages on both banks of the Swaan River, in Rawalpindi Tehsil, Rawalpindi District and the in the Sil Sohan circle of the Fateh Jang Tehsil, Attock District.

Awan soldier in uniform

Most Awans maintain they are descended from Qutb Shah, a ruler of Herat and a general in the army of Mahmud of Ghazni, who was a Hashemite descendant of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, Ali (but by a wife other than the Prophet's daughter, Fatimah).

It is asserted that Qutb Shah and six of his sons accompanied and assisted Mahmud in his early 11th century conquests of what today forms parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. It is claimed that in recognition of their services and valour, Mahmud bestowed upon Qutb Shah and his sons (who, according to tribal traditions, settled primarily in the Salt Range) the title of Awan, meaning "helper".[16]

The Awan, more than any of other tribes referred to are a Pothohar tribe. In numbers, they came only second to the Rajputs.[6] In Rawalpindi District, they are two be found in every tehsil. In the Islamabad Capital Territory, almost all the villages around the town of Golra Sharif are held by the Awan. In Gujar Khan Tehsil, they hold almost all the villages along the Grand Trunk Road, north of the town of Gujar Khan, Pandar Kala being the most important. The Budhal muhi (clan) occupies several villages in this tehsil.[17] They are also found in numbers in villages between Kahuta and Kallar Syedan.

In Jhelum District, they are found along the start of the Salt Range, in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil, where the village of Nurpur has been the centre of the tribe. Isolated Awan villages are found throughout Jhelum District, but there is no compact territory held by the tribe.

In Chakwal District, the Awan hold the whole of the Talagang Tehsil, the western Salt Range and the Thal Desert, and extend in the neighbouring Khushab District. Indeed this region is referred to as the Awankari or Awan country. Their main muhi or clans in the district are the Mumnal, Saghral, Shial, Gang and Mund.[18]

In Attock District, their villages dominate the centre Pindigheb Tehsil in a strip from the Swaan River to the Kala Chita mountains. In Fateh Jang Tehsil, almost all the villages in the Swaan River valley are held by the Awans.[19] In Attock Tehsil, they share the Chhachh illaqa with the Pathans and the Sarwala, with the Khattars. The principal muhis found in Attock are the Qutubshahi, Sadkal, Bugdial, Chajji, Saidan, Parbar and Ballial. Like the Golra Awan of Rawalpindi District, the Trer Awan of Attock Tehsil gave some difficulty to the British colonial authorities.[20]

The Baghial are a Rajput tribe. They claim descent from Bangash Khan, a Parmar Rajput, who also seen as an ancestor by the Bangial tribe, the Bhakral and Hon Rajputs. All four tribes are found mainly in the Potohar region and Azad Kashmir.

The tribe is not to be confused with the Bugial section of the Gakhars with whom they have no connection.

They are is found chiefly in the Rawalpindi District, where they occupy five villages in the Gujar Khan Tehsil. They also to be a found in the Jhelum, Gujrat and Gujranwala districts of the Punjab and Mirpur and Kotli Districts of Azad Kashmir.

The Bains Jat claim descent from the Janjua Rajputs, who are also a major clan of the region. They abound in Gujar Khan Tehsil, where the village of Bains and neighbouring hamlets are held by them. In Kahuta Tehsil, they occupy several villages, includinng Pind Bhainso,along the border of Kahuta Tehsil and Kotli District of Azad Kashmir. Across the Jhelum river, they form an important tribe in Mirpur and Kotli districts.

They are the only Jat tribe of any consequence in Attock District, and the Maliks (lords) of the village of Bains in Fateh Jang Tehsil, are the only Jat landowners of any importance in that district.

In Jhelum District, the village of Bains Qassim is an important centre of the tribe.

The Bangial are a Rajput tribe, closely related to the Baghial tribe. Members of the tribe in the Rawalpindi District are identify themselves as Rajputs, while those in Gujrat, Gujranwala, Jhelum, and Mirpur refer to themselves as Jats. Their first ancestor to convert to the Islamic faith was a Bangash Khan, who also seen as an ancestor by the Baghial tribe. They describe themselves as being of Panwar Rajput origin, as do the Baghial, Bhakral and Hon Rajputs, all four being found mainly in the Potohar region and Azad Kashmir.

The Bhakral are a large Rajput tribe found in the Gujar Khan and Kahuta tehsils of Rawalpindi District, as well as Jhelum and Chakwal districts.

The Bhakral claim to be, by origin Panwar Rajputs. They are said to have come from across the Jhelum River, from Jammu. According to some other sources, the Bhakrals are in fact are branch of the Manhas Rajputs. The tribe is considered Rajput and historically appeared to hold a high place in the social scale in the Pothohar region.[21]

The Bhakral are closely connected with other tribes of Panwar origin in the Potohar region such as the Baghial, Bangial and Hon Rajputs, as well as the Budhal section of the Awan.

In Rawalpindi District, Bhakral villages are found in every tehsil, barring the mountainous tehsils of Murree and Kotli Sattian.

They are also number of Bhakral settlements around the village of Bhakral, in Kallar Syedan Tehsil.

In the Gujar Khan Tehsil Chakrali Budhal, Dhok Bakhral,Devi, Sang,Kamtrila and Mastala are important centres of the tribe.

In Jhelum District, their main villages are Langar Bhakral and Gagi Bhakral.

Janda Bhakral, Hardo Sabah and Sabah Mohra are important centres of the tribe in Chakwal District.

The Bhatti (or Bhati) are a Rajput Yaduvanshi clan and is one of the largest tribes among Rajputs.

The state of Jaisalmer was positioned right on the route from Afghanistan to Delhi. Taking advantage of this strategic position, the Bhattis levied taxes on the passing caravans. The Bhatti are then said to have spread to the Punjab,Sindh and beyond, to Afghanistan. The city of Ghazni was named after a brave Bhatti warrior. The exact date of the migration of the Bhatti, into the Pothohar region is unknown. They now are found in every district, barring the hill tehsil of Murree and Kotli Sattian.

In Attock District, they own two villages in the Nala circle of Attock Tehsil, in Fateh Jang they own seven villages on the Rawalpindi District border, Bhottral and Hattar being the main ones. They also own several villages in Pindigheb tehsil, the main ones being Rajar and Marwal. Their main clans in Attock being the Mehra, Kanjal, Jangle, Badhuer and Shaikh.

In Chakwal District, they hold seven villages in Talagang Tehsil, three of which (Chinji, Kotera and Bilomar) lie below the Salt Range, and the rest in the north east corner of the tehsil. In Chakwal Tehsil, they own several villages near the Rawalpindi District border.

In Jhelum District, they hold two villages in Pind Dadan Khan, one of which is Pindi Saidpur, other is Noorpur.

In Rawalpindi District, the villages of Bhakhar Akku and Bhakkar Fateh Shah are held by the Bhattis.

The Budhal are a clan of the Awan tribe, but is closely associated with the Bhakral Rajputs. Both clans are said to come across the Jhelum River, from Jammu and Kashmir. They occupy a block of villages, in Gujar Khan Tehsil.

The Chatha are a large Jat tribe, found mainly in Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Gujrat districts. In Jhelum District, the villages of Chatha and Chak Chatha are centres of the tribe. In Rawalpindi District, the village of Hakim Chatha is an important centre of the tribe, as is Chatha Bakhtawar in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

Prithvi Raj Chauhan

The Chauhan is a Gurjar[22] Rajput clan. Prithvi Raj, the last Hindu ruler of North India, belonged to the clan. According to their bardic traditions, the Chauhan are one of the four Agnivanshi or 'fire sprung' tribes who were created by the gods in the Agni kund or 'fountain of fire' on Mount Abu to fight against the Asuras or demons.According a number of scholars Chauhan was a prominent clan of Gurjars.[22][23]

The Chauhan dynasty flourished from the 8th to 12th centuries. It was one of the four main Agnikula dynasties of that era, the others being Gurjara Pratiharas, Paramaras, and Solankis or Chalukyas. The Chauhan also established dynasties in several places in North India and in the state of Gujarat in Western India. They were also prominent at Sirohi in the southwest of Rajasthan, and at Bundi and Kota in the east of that state.

Little is known of the migration of the Chauhan into the Pothohar region, and the Chauhans never established any principalities in the region. Nevertheless, there are several Chauhan settlements in the region. These are found in Pindigheb Tehsil of Attock, in various areas of Rawalpindi District,[24] and in the Gurran Uttam Singh settlement and the neighbouring dhoks of Jhelum District. There are also two Chauhan clans in Chakwal District.

The Cheema are a well-known Jat clan, found mainly in Gujranwala and Sialkot districts. In the Pothohar region, they occupy a lone village, Sui Cheemian in Gujar Khan Tehsil.

The Chhina Jat claim common descent from the Wattu tribe. Their common ancestor was a Uchchir, who had two sons, Jaipal, the ancestor of the Chhina, and Rajpal, the ancestor of the Wattu.[10] Pheru, 18th in descent from Jaypal, was converted to Islam by the famous Sufi, Baba Farid.

The Chhina at times are confused with the Cheema, another famous Jat clan, but the two clans are entirely distinct.

In Gujar Khan Tehsil, the village of Chhina and nearby hamlets (dhoks) are almost entirely inhabited by the Chhina.

In Kahuta Tehsil, the following villages are held by the Chhina; Duberan Kalan,Sakote, Ghul and Saintha.

The Chib are a Rajput tribe.

They trace their ancestry to Partab Chand, a Katoch Rajput of Kangra, in what is now Himachal Pradesh, India. He is said to have founded a principality in Bhimber, and the greatest concentration of the Chib remains Bhimber and the adjoining Kharian Tehsil of Gujrat District. In the Pothohar region, the Chib hold a few river villages, above Jhelum.[25]
Dhamial (Jat) and Dhamial (Rajput)

The Dhamial (Jat) and Dhamial (Rajput) both claim to be Janjua Rajputs, by origin. They should not be confused with the Dhanyal, who are entirely distinct tribe.

In the early 13th century, the Janjua chieftain, Raja Mal Khan rose to prominence. He increased his dominion over Hazara (later renamed Amb) through his son Raja Tanoli, Jhelum through his son Raja Jodh, parts of Kashmir through Raja Khakha, Rajghar (later renamed Malot) Chakwal through his eldest Raja Bhir and what is today known as the Kahuta district through Raja Kala Khan. Tarikh-e-Alfi of the Ghorids makes a mention of the rise to power of Raja Mal.

According to Lepel H. Griffin, in Chiefs and Families of note in the Punjab (Lahore, 1910, ii, p254),:
"On the death of their father, they determined to divide the country called, from Raja Mal, the Maloki Dhan between them. Jodh took the Salt Range near about the Makrach, and captured the town of Makshala from a colony of Brahmins (Mohyals)...He changed its name to Makhiala and built a fort there and two tanks for rain water..... Wir Khan (also spelt Bhir), took the possession of Khura (also spelt Khewra) near modern Pind Dadan Khan."

The descendants of Raja Jodh continued to rule this region through various interruptions until the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Raja Bhir meanwhile took over the Malot (Rajghar) state from his father.

It was in this tradition that Raja Bhir's later descendant, Raja Malu Khan, allying his cousin Raja Mubarak Khan who was the descendant of Raja Jodh Khan, gained control of the region of Dhamial and Ranial.

The Dhamial of Rawalpindi Tehsil consider themselves to beRajput, and are accepted as such by their neighbours. They are found in the Kharora Circle, with the villages of Dhamial,Takht Pari, Traya, Khail Dhamyal and Sher Dhamial villages. In Kallar Syedan Tehsil, Sahib Dhamial is an important village.

In Jhelum and Gujar Khan, the Dhamial consider themselves to beJats, and intermarry with other Jat tribe, such as the Chhina, Cheema and Sandhu of the region.

In Jhelum District, Dhamial Jats are found in Mamuri Dhamial, Dheri Dhamial and Rakha Dhamial. The town of Dhamiak remains a centre of the tribe in Jhelum.

In Gujar Khan Tehsil, they are found in Dolmi Dhamial and Dhamial, and neighbouring hamlets (dhoks).

The Dhanyal occupy the Karor illaqa of Murree Tehsil, as well as the adjoining areas of the Islamabad Capital Territory.[26] They have thirteen villages in the Karor Ilaqa, and twelve in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

The Dhanyal claim descent from Ali, the nephew and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammad, and the name 'Dhanyal' is said to be derived from Mohazzam Shah a Sufi saint, who shifted from Dhan (old name of Chakwal) in the late 12th century to the Lower Himalayas . This Moazzam Shah came from an Alvis, and settled in Multan, coming originally from Iraq. Mohazzam Shah (also known Hazrat Baba Dhani Pir) as had supported Mohammad Ghori to curb the activities of the Rajputs, who were involved in attacks the Muslim armies of Shahbuddin Ghouri.

Their main villages are in Murree Tehsil and in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

The Dhudi are a tribe of Panwar Rajput origin, found in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According to the puranas and Royal Genealogical tree they are one of the Agnivansha clans and descendants of Raja Bikarmajeet or Vikramaditya and Raja Bhoj of Ujjain.They are usually known as Rai, Punwar, Mian and Rana Rajputs.

The original seat of the tribe was Mailsi in Vehari District, where they are mentioned as early as the first half of the 14th Century. When the Delhi Sultanate was breaking up they spread along the Sutlej and Chenab.

The Dhund are the most prominent of the Muree Hill tribes, and make up the bulk of the population of the Murree Tehsil.[27] Their tribal tradition is that they are descended from Abbas, the uncle of the Prophet Mohammad. They own sixty villages in Murree Tehsil, and four in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

There are therefore different traditions as to the origin of this tribe. It is only found in Murree and the neighbouring parts of Azad Kashmir and the Hazara Division. Uniquely, they speak a particular dialect of Pothohari, which is referred to as Dhundi-Kairali.[27]

The Dulal are a small tribe, confined to the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District. They claim to be Qureshi Arabs, and occupy a number of villages near the town of Mandrah, the main ones being Hachari Dulal, Nathu Dulal, Noor Dulal, Pharwala Dulal,Narali, Bhattian and Kuri Dulal.[28] They should not be confused, by the Dulal branch of the Janjua, who are entirely distinct.

Pharwala Fort

In Jhelum District, the Gakhar are found mainly in Dina Tehsil. They hold the most of the Khuddar circle, and in addition the clans already referred to, the Tulial have five villages, near Dina.

In Attock District, there are only few settlements of the Gakhars in Fateh Jang Tehsil.

In Haripour the Gakhar are holding 83 villege in area of Khanpour;

In district Abbotabad the Gakhar are found in circle Bakoot area and they belong to Gakhar Sarangal tribe

The Gungal are a tribe, that claims Chandravanshi Rajputs. In Attock District, the village of Gangal in Fateh Jang Tehsil is an important village.

In Rawalpindi District, the villages of Gungal and Sood Gungal, in Rawalpindi Tehsil, are important centres of the tribe. Gungal is Gujar Khan Tehsil, and Bimma Gungal in Kahuta Tehsil are also important villages.

The Gungal in Jhelum District consider themselves to be Jats, and their main village is Gungal. Mohra Gungal near Kallar Syden and Mak village is also important centres of Gungal tribes.They claims the gangal is Bhatti Rajput.

The Gheba are a Mughal tribe found in the Attock District.

The Ghebas are found in the western portion of the Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District, where they occupy solid block of villages reaching to the Kala Chita on the north, to Fateh Jang and Sagar to the east, and almost to the Sil in the south.

The Gondal are a Jat tribe, and found in great numbers in the region known as the Gondal Bar, comprising the districts of Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat and Sargodha. The Gondal claim to have been Chauhan Rajputs, who were converted to Islam, by the famous Sufi saint, Baba Farid.

In the Pothohar region, there are in fact two distinct branches of the Gondal tribe. There is a cluster of Gondal villages in the Jhelum District, along the Jhelum River, between the Jalap and Lilla villages and the Gujjars of Kala Gujran. They are closely connected with the Gondal Bar Gondals, across the Jhelum River. A second group of Gondal villages are found in the Rawalpindi District, around the town of Gondal, and they extend into Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District. Their main villages are Pindi Gondal in Rawalpindi Tehsil and Gondal in Fateh Jang Tehsil. These Gondals in custom, habit and speech are similar, to other Rajput tribes of the region, and often consider themselves to be Rajputs.

The origins of the Gujjars are uncertain.[29] The Gujjar clan appeared in northern India about the time of the Huna invasions of northern India. Some scholars, such as V. A. Smith,believed that the Gujjars were foreign immigrants, possibly a branch of Hephthalites ("White Huns").[30] Devadatta Ramakrishna Bhandarkar|D. B. Bhandarkar (1875–1950) believed that Gujjars came into India with the Hunas, and the name of the tribe was sanskritized to "Gurjara".[31] He also believed that several places in Central Asia, such as "Gurjistan", are named after the Gujars and that the reminiscences of Gujar migration is preserved in these names.[31] General Cunningham identified the Gujjars with Yuezhi or Tocharians.[32]

In the past, Gujjars and Khatris have also been hypothesized to be descended from the nomadic Khazar tribes, although the history of Khazars shows an entirely different politico-cultural ethos[33] In Gazetteer of Bombay Presidency, the British civil servant James M. Campbell identified Gujars with Khazars.

Some Gujjars also claim that the Gujjar tribe is related to the Chechens and the Georgians, and argue that Georgia was traditionally called "Gujaristan" (actually Gorjestan).[34][34][35] However, there is little evidence for such claims. The word "Georgia" derived from the Arabic and Persian word Gurj, and not Gujjar or Gurjar.[36][37]

However "Gujjar" has come from "Gurjar" which is a sanskrit word which has been explained thus: Gur+Ujjar; 'Gur' means 'enemy' and 'ujjar' means 'destroyer'. The word means "Destroyer of the enemy".[38] The word "Gurjar" predicts the qualities of a warrior community.[39]

The Gujjar form an tribal element in the Pothohar region. The Jhelum District Gazetteer noted that:
Throughout the Salt Range tract, and probably under the eastern hills also, they are the oldest inhabbitants among the tribes settled here. It is not possible to go much further than this with certainty, but this may be added, whatever the country from which they originally migrated, the first settlers district are an offshoot of the Gujjars of the neighbouring district of Gujrat ... The Gujjars of Jhelum differ entirely in character from that idle, thievish and cowardly race, their fellow Gujjars of the southern districts: here undoubtedly the best all-round cultivators which the district can boast."[40]

The Gujjar are split into several clans, the mains one are the Gorsi, Kasana, Bargat, Khatana, Chechi, Chauhan, Sidh, Barra, Gajgahiya, Amrane, and Bhalot.

IIn Jhelum District, they hold 80 villages, they arechiefly found in the plains north of Jhelum, a few scattered villages in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil. Their main clans in the district are the Gorsi, Paswal, Chauhan, Kalas, Khatana and Kasana. The Khatana are the most numerous, afterwards the Paswal, Chauhan, and Kalas. Their main villages are Kala Gujran, Jakkar and Muftian.

In Rawalpindi District, they are absent from the hill tehsils of Murree and Kotli Sattian, as well as the hilly portion of Kahuta Tehsil. In Gujar Khan, they are found all over the tehsil, their strongest colony being in the south-west, close along the Chakwal - Mandrah road. In Rawalpindi Tehsil, they abound on the line of the Swaan River. They own 124 villages in this district. Their main villages are Raman in Gujar Khan Tehsil, Mankiala in Rawalpindi Tehsil, and Bulakhar in Kahuta Tehsil.

In Chakwal District, they own a small block of villages in north-east of Chakwal Tehsil.

In Attock Tehsil, they own three villages in the Chhachh illaqa, seven in Sarwala and twenty three villages in the north east corner under gandgarh, along the border Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and on the Haro. In Fateh Jang, they own fifteen villages, which are found in different parts of the tehsil, including a small block of villages in the extreme south-west corner of the Sil[disambiguation needed ] - Swaan circle. Their most important villages are that of Bhalot and Hissar.

The Hafyal is small clan found in the village of Hafyal, and neighbouring hamlets in Gujar Khan Tehsil. The Hafyal claim to be Chughtai Mughals.

The Hattar are a Chandravanshi Rajput clan who claim descent from a Bhatti Rajput nobleman, Rana Rajwadhan. The Rana lived in Ghazni, in what is now Afghanistan and then moved to Delhi in India. After sometime, he moved to Bhatner. In the 13th Century, the Rana moved to Chanb Kalyar, in what is now the Lodhran District, in Punjab, Pakistan. The ruler of the area was a Raja Bhutta. The Raja wanted to marry the daughter of Rajwadhan, who refused. As a result a battle took place, and the Raja was slain. The tract was then divided by Rajwadhan, and his five sons, Kalyar, Utera, Kanju, Noon and Hattar.[10]

The descendants of Hattar are said to have left the Multan region, and moved to north west Punjab, where they are a now found as a Rajput tribe.

Their main villages in Chakwal District are Hattar and Assami Hattar, in Attock District, their main village is Hattar, in Gujrat District, Hattar is their main village.

In Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil, their main villages are Dhok Hattar and Hattar.

The Hon or Hun or sometimes also pronounced as Hoon are a Rajput tribe.

The Hun or Hoon are Panwar Rajputs, claiming descent from a Raja Judgeo. The tribe is a very small one. According to 1931 Census of India, they numbered just under 500 (census 1931). They are a closely related to a number of Rajput septs residing in Rawalpindi District, such as the Baghial and Bhakral, all of whom claim descent from the Panwar Rajputs.

They are found chiefly in Rawalpindi, Attock and Jhelum districts of the Punjab. In addition, a few are also found in the former Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Jalap are a Rajput . They are the predominant tribe in the Jalap Illaqa, the rich well tract between the Jhelum River and the Salt Range. According to the 1931 Census of India, they numbered 400.

The Jalaps claim to be Khokhar Rajputs, and claim descent from Jalap, who according to traditions was a holy man, and is buried in Sargodha. Jalap is said to be buried at Ramdiani in Sargodha District. Sidharan, who was several generations in descent from Jalap led the tribe to its present location. The Pind Dadan Khan plain was at that time held by the Janjua Rajputs, whom the Jalap ousted.[10]

According to another tradition, at the time of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, they were settled along the banks of the Chenab river. Jalap was the chief of the tribe, and the Emperor asked him to give his daughter in marriage, as other Rajputs had done. Jalap agreed, but the rest of the clan disapproved, and when he came home, they set upon him and killed him. Shah Jahan then sent ab army to punish them, and being driven from their home they crossed the Jhelum, and after many fights with the Janjua established themselves where they are found.

The Jalap are closely connected with the Bharat and Khiwa clans, that also reside in the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil.

The tribe is met with chiefly in the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil of the Jhelum District, there are also a few small villages in the Bhera tehsil of Sargodha District.[41]

The best known families reside at Chak Sadi and Pinnanwal. Other Jalap settlements include Dharyala Jalap and Khotian Jalap, all of which are in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil of Jhelum District.

They are the predominant tribe in the Jalap Illaqa, the rich well tract between the Jhelum River and the Salt Range. Their main villages are Chak Shadi, Chak Janni and Pinnanwal, all in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil.
Janhal This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

The Janhal another small clan, they claims to be Mughal (tribe). They occupy a compact little block of villages around Boer in the north of the Kahru circle, in Kahuta Tehsil.

The Janjua are a Rajput tribe found in every district of the Pothohar region, barring the hill tehsils of Murree and Kotli Sattian.

According to their traditions, Arjun's great grandson, Maharaja Janamejaya, is an ancestor of the Janjuas. Janamejaya was later the ruling Emperor of the Kingdom of Hastinapur, the capital of which was Indraprasta (modern day Delhi). Regarding the Janjuas descent from the Pandavas dynasty, the Bali and Bhimwal generals of Raja Dhrupet Dev of Mathura, recorded that the Janjua Raja Dhrupet Dev was the descendant of Emperor Janamejaya of the Pandava dynasty of Prince Arjun. This reference was recorded in 1195 AD. Sir Lepel H Griffin K.C.S.I. also recorded in the early 20th century that the Janjua were Pandavas in origin.[42]

Alexander and the wounded King of the Pauravas

The Pandava princes ruled the region of Punjab and specifically Jhelum[43][44] during the era of Alexander the Great. The Janjua Rajputs claim that an ancestor, Rai Por is the Porus who fought Alexander in Punjab in 326BC.[45] There is no source to confirm Porus' ancestry.

Rai Dhrupet Dev was the father of a famous rebellious king Rai Ajmal Dev Janjua[46] who embraced Islam in the 12th century due to his love for Sufi art, poetry and teachings. Rai/Raja Mal followed the Islamic tradition of change of name after conversion and was then known as Raja Mal Khan. He was among the first Muslim Rajputs. This conversion was done before the armies of Shahabudin Ghauri entered into the Indian Plateau to conquer whilst he was very young in his teens and inclined towards Islamic philosophy of the Sufis,[47] whose missionary efforts were gaining popularity in Northern India.[48][49][50][51]

Conquering for himself a kingdom in the Koh-i-Jud he settled his capital at Rajgarh which he later renamed Malot. He re-conquered the Salt Ranges of Punjab to re-establish the dominion which his tribe lost almost two centuries earlier to the Ghaznavids.[52] (Malot was originally called Shahghar or Rajghar - meaning home of the Shahis/Kings but was later changed to Malot in recognition of its founder.)

The Tarikh-e-Alfi of the Ghorids mentions the rebellious behaviour of Rai Mal towards the Delhi Sultanate. It records that he excited a rebellion against them and intercepted communications between Lahore and Ghazni.[53] He then led the revolt to Multan with his Gakhar allies, defeating the Ghorid Governor of Multan before progressing to plunder Lahore and blockading the strategic road between Punjab and Ghazni.[54][55] There are today remnants of an ancient fort in Malot, Chakwal which was initially built by the Shahis and later rebuilt and fortified by Raja Mal Khan. It is also inscribed that the last Hindu Shahi prince Raja Mal embraced Islam at this place.

Raja Mal Khan was also the first ruler to begin the mining of salt in the Salt Ranges of Kallar Kahar and in the Khewra Salt Mines of Punjab which is currently the world's second largest salt mine. Raja Mal is said to have had five sons. Three settled in Rawalpindi and Hazara, two Vir and Jodh remained in Jhelum.

In Rawalpindi District, the Janjua are confined to the Kahuta Tehsil. There are several sub-divisions, of which the most important are the Dulal and Gaharwal. The Dulal Janjua hold Kahuta itself and a few villages around it.{Daryot waris} is one of them, but the Gaharwal are the most important section. Their headquarters are at Mator, and they own the greater part of the Kahru Circle, which takes its name from the name of the clan, which is sometimes written Karhwal. They own 34 villages in Kahuta Tehsil. Their main villages being Maira, Mator, Chamba Kirpal, Thoa Khalsa, Doberan, Barish and Dera Khalsa, all in Kahuta Tehsil

In Attock District, they own Jangal and two other villages in Fateh Jang Tehsil.

In Chakwal District, they own Kot Sarang and an adjoining village in Talagang Tehsil, and Dhrabi in Chakwal Tehsil.

In Jhelum District, their main villages are Darapur, Chakri and Nara in Jhelum Tehsil, Makhiala, Dalwal, Malot, Kusak, Pindi saidpur, Sherpur, Dharyala Kahun and Saloi.

The Jasgam or sometime pronounced Jaskham are a small tribe, occupying villages in the hilly portion of the Kahuta Tehsil, in the vicinity of the town of Panjar.

The Jasgam claim decent from the Abbasi family, the former Caliphs of Baghdad. According to their traditions, they are descended from Jasgam, who belonged to the Dhund Abbasi tribe, and some Jasgam claim, that they are simply a clan of the Dhund Abbasi] tribe. Jasgam was said to be have come originally come from Murree on raiding expedition to Kahuta. He said to have had twelwe sons, who each founded a village in the Kahuta Tehsil. The Jasgam initially settled in Panjar, Bara, Saroha, Daberan, Manyand, Phagwari Gala, Salitha, Sarai Kharbuza and Rajrot, all villages in the present Kahuta Tehsil.[56]

The tribe now occupies thirteen villages in the Kahuta Tehsil, including Panjar, Bara, Saroha, Daberan, Manyand, Phagwari Gala, Salitha, Sarai Kharbuza and Rajrot. A small number are also found in the town of Mandrah in the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District.

The Jat are the principal tribe of Central Punjab, but in the Pothohar region, they take third place, after both the Rajput and Awan. The author of the Jhelum District Gazetteer wrote the following about the Pothohar Jat:
in this district there is no Jat tribe of common descent and with common traditions: the word is applied to any cultivator who does not claim foreign or Rajput origin, and does not belong to any other great agriculture tribes of the tracts.[57]

In Jhelum and Chakwal, the Jat form an important element in the agriculture population. In Rawalpindi District, they are only found in numbers in Gujar Khan Tehsil. A few are found in Rawalpindi Tehsil, none in the hill tehsils of Kotli Sattian, Kallar Syedan and Murree, and only very few in Kahuta.

In Attock District, the Jat presence is slight, with only a few villages in Fateh Jang and Pindigheb tehsils.

These were the main Jat clans in Rawalpindi District, as enumerated for the 1911 Census of India:[58]Tribe Rawalpindi Tehsil Gujar Khan Tehsil Murree Tehsil Kahuta Tehsil Total
Aura 380 230 610
Baghial 72 3 21 96
Bangial 727 445 32 1,204
Boria 30 16 46
Chhina 9 4 13
Dhamial (Jat) 513 635 286 68 1,502
Dhamtal 520 520
Gondal 424 303 89 816
Hindan 262 279 541
Kalyal 9 120 129
Kanyal 149 149
Khatril 49 1,729 219 2,004
Nagyal 66 3 69
Mial 25 25
Sial 420 420
Sudhan 104 71 175
Thathal 53 53

These were the main Jat clans in Jhelum District, as enumerated for the 1911 Census of India:[59]Tribe Jhelum Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil Chakwal Tehsil Total
Bains 275 34 309
Bhakral 982 2 1,163 2,147
Bangial 64 3 1,802 1,869
Bhans 788 400 1,188
Bhatta 141 28 463 632
Bhatti 99 191 2,856 3,146
Chadhar 304 101 196 601
Dhamial (Jat) 332 59 3,979 4,730
Dhudhi 142 384 526
Gungal 75 401 573 1,049
Ghogha 238 442 30 710
Gondal 2,574 1,155 2,820 6,549
Gujjral 26 762 788
Hariar 573 6 579
Haral 437 7 56 500
Jandral 14 410 194 618
Jangal 216 1 355 572
Jhammat 31 366 1,074 1,471
Jatal 433 254 23 710
Kalyal 574 7 2,458 3,039
Kanyal 145 2 2,456 2,603
Khanda 24 363 347 734
Khingar 902 3 241 1,146
Khatarmal 12 1 1,171 1,184
Khokhar 64 460 79 603
Khoti 68 12 566 646
Minhas 64 393 457
Mathyal 1,147 1,147
Mekan 741 311 177 1,229
Magical 43 5 1,782 1,830
Phaphra 57 271 355 663
Serwal 572 572
Sial 441 252 432 1,125
Tama 155 462 617
Tarar 197 79 469 745
Thathal 24 1,729 1,206 1,230
Raya 602 766 422 1,790

The following is a brief description of the Jat tribes, not already separately noticed:

The Aura are a small Jat clan, found in Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan tehsils. The village of Balakhar in Rawalpindi is an important centre of the tribe. Abdullahpur is also a major centre of this tribe in Jhelum District.

The Bhin are a small clan, found mainly in Chakwal District, with a few villages in neighbouring Sargodha District. Their main villages are Bhin, Dhudhial and Jawand, all in Chakwal Tehsil.

The Boria are a small clan of Jats, who may or may not be connected with another tribe of the same name found in Bikaner District of Rajasthan India. They are found in a number of Awan villages, along the Grand Trunk Road, north of the town of Gujar Khan as tenants.
Dhamtal This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

Another small Jat clan, found mainly in Rawalpindi Tehsil. In Jhelum District, the village of Dhamtal is their sole presence in that district.
Ghogha This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

The Ghogha are another clan found entirely in Jhelum and Chakwal districts. The village of Ghogha in Chakwal District is an important centre of the tribe.

The Ranyal are found mainly in Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. However, they have a single village, Ranyal Phulan in Jhelum District.

Some members of the Jatal consider themselves as Suryavanshi Rajputs, while others identify themselves as Jats.

The Jethal are a Rajput clan[60] whoclaim Bhatti Rajput descent. Their origin is traced to a Bhutta who 12 or 14 generations ago married the sister of a Ghori Sultan. The king, however, drove Bhutta with his 21 sons in the Kirana Bar. Bhutta eventually crossed the Jhelum River, and settled at Ratta Pind, now a mound near the town of Kandwal.[60] According to other traditions, they are in fact Bhutta Jat by origin. They are also said to be originally settled at Ucch Shah Jalal, the modern town of Uch in Bahawalpur.[citation needed]

They are only found in the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil of Jhelum District, where they hold four villages. In addition, the lone village of Jethal in Chakwal District, also belongs to this tribe.[citation needed]

Jhammat is a Jat tribe, and claim descent from Jhammat, who was said to be a Panwar Rajput. They are found mainly in Chakwal and Jhelum districts, although there are isolated Jhammat villages in Attock and Rawalpindi districts as well. They are closely connected with the Mekan tribe.[61]

The Jodhra are a Rajput tribe. They derive their name from Jodhra, who was converted to Islam by Mahmud of Ghazni and settled in Kashmir.

They appear to have come to the Attock District about the end of the 16th century as a small band of military adventurers. They possessed themselves of the Sohan and Sill illaquas and much of Talagang. The Awans, the original owners, were not evicted but remained as tenants of the Jodhras, who never themselves cultivated.

The Jodhras became independent chiefs keeping up a large body of armed retainers. Their power was recognised by the Mughals, and Malik Aulia Khan, their first chief known to history, held a revenue assignment of Pindigheb, Talagang and parts of Chakwal.

Owing to family feuds and other causes the tribe has lost much of its original prosperity and is now much less well-to-do than its neighbours, the Ghebas, who have been their ancient rivals and enemies. The two tribes now inter-marry and are on friendly terms.

The Jodhras inhabit the south-eastern portion of the Pindi Gheb Tehsil and the valley of the Swaan River extending, on the south, to the border of the Talagang tehsil of Chakwal District.

In the Pothohar region, the Kahut are confined almost entirely to Chakwal District. Indeed, together with the Mair-Minhas and Kassar, they are referred to as the Chakwal tribes. Out side the Pothohar region, there are a few Kahut villages in Sargodha and Mandi Bahauddin. The author of the Jhelum District Gazetteer gave said the following about their origin:
They were originally located in Arabia and are Qureshis, the present tribal name being merely that of their common ancestor: 24 generations ago, about the year A.D. 1359, their ancestor Said Nawab Ali, migrated to Delhi, in the reign of "Firuz Shah Ghauri, (Firuz Shah Tughlaq, son of Mohammed Tughlaq, is no doubt meant; he reigned from 1351 1388 A.D.): on the way to Delhi they fought and conquered a pagan king of Sialkot, named Sain Pal, who was, they say probably a Dogra prince. On reaching Delhi they paid their respect to the king, who ordered them to hold the Dhanni and Salt Range on his behalf under the leadership of Kahut, the son of Nawab Ali, they accordingly retraced their steps to district and settled at Gagnelpur of which the ruined site is shown in Mauza Wariamal near the foot of the Salt Range: here they remained for sometime, realising revenue from the Janjuas of the hills and the Gujjar graziers of the Dhanni, and remitting it to Delhi".[62]

The Kahut are essentially a Salt Range tribe, their villages situated on the northern slopes of the range. The village of Nikka Kahut in Talagang Tehsil is an isolated Kahut village, surrounded by the Awans. Most their villages are in the south of Chakwal Tehsil, the territory known as Dhanni. The most important are Chakora, Dhok Daraz, Dullah, Janga, Karyala, Langah and Sadwal. There are some villages of the tribe located on both banks of Swan river in Chakwal district. The important villages are Warwal and Hasil.

The Kalyal, or sometimes spelt Kalial, are one of the largestJat clans of the Pothohar region.

The tribe claims decent from a common ancestor named Kal, a Sombansi (Chandravanshi) Rajput,who settled in Rawalpindi in the 15th Century. The tribe then spread all over the Potohar (including Mirpur District) region, as well as neighbouring Gujrat District.[41]

Some Kalyals in Rawalpindi District considered themselves to be Muslim Rajputs, and claim to be a clan of the Bhatti Rajputs.

The Kalyal form a large part of the emigrant British Pakistani community, as Gujar Khan and Mirpur have been a major source of immigration to the United Kingdom.

In Jhelum, they own several villages near the city of Jhelum, such as Tajpur Alia. Other settlements in that district include Sohawa town, Janjil (in Jhelum Tehsil), Dhok Rajju (in Jhelum Tehsil), Kalyal in (Jhelum Tehsil, Kahana (in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil), Hon Kalyal (in Jhelum Tehsil). In Chakwal District, Kotla Kalyal is an important village.

But the greatest concentrations of Kalyal, however is in Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District, where they own several villages.These include Bher Kalial, Guda Kalyal, Mohra Kalyal, Dhok Kalial, Harchiari Kalyal, Teriala Kalyal and Notheh Kalial. In addition to these villages in Gujar Khan, the following villages are found in Rawalpindi Tehsil, Kalial and Top Kalyal and Kalyal in Kahuta Tehsil

The Kalyals, are also found in the District Mirpur Azad Kashmir.Main villages of the Kalyals are, Kalyal Sherou (Mirpur City) and Kalyal Chawksavari. Main dominated names of the Kalyals in the District Mirpur are Sayeed Saleem who also has served as the President of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce,Zafer Anwar,Mohammand Anwar,Advocate Touseef Iqbal,Advocate Khalid Rasheed.

Kanyal, sometimes spelled Kanial, are tribe of both Jat and Rajput status.

According to their tradition, the Kanyal originate from Jammu, India and trace their descent to Jambu Loachon, the founder of the city of Jammu.He had a son named Raja Puran Karan, from whom the tribe claims descent. They are thus descended from the Manhas Rajput tribe.

There are various stories about the emergence of the Kanyal or Kanial tribes, in the Rawalpindi District and they have always been considered as a high ranking clan of the Rajput tribe. They have been settled for hundreds of years in Rawalpindi District, and gained a reputation as being one of the major tribes in the whole of the eastern part of the Pothohar region.

Generally in Rawalpindi, the tribe is considered Rajput, while in the other districts they are considered Jats, and have historically intermarried with neighbouring tribes such as the Thathaal and Bangial.[63]

They are found mainly in Gujrat, Jhelum and Rawalpindi Districts of Punjab, basically throughout the eastern half of the Pothohar region.

In Pothohar region, they are found mainly in Gujar Khan Tehsil and Jhelum District.

Kassar, or Mughal Kassar, are a Mughal tribe and one of the three major land owning tribes in the Dhani country of Chakwal District.[64] In the Punjab settlement report of 1862,[Full citation needed] it is mentioned that they had come from Jammu along with the Mair-Minhas tribe and had been settled in this area by the Mughal Emperor, Zaheerudin Babur.

They occupy the northern part of Dhani, called Babial and Chaupeda.[citation needed]

The Khatarmal are a Jat tribe who claim descent from a Gakhar nobleman of the same name.[10] They are found mainly in Chakwal District, with a few villages in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil.

The Kethwals are a tribe found mainly in the Murree Hills, and neighbouring Hazara Division. They are wedged in between the Dhund on the west, and the Sattis on the east. They own only three villages, of which one, Charihan in the Murree Tehsil.[65]

The Kethwal are a Rajput tribe .Like many other tribes in the region, there a number of theories as to the origin of the Kethwal tribe. According to one of their traditions, they are believed to originate from Kerman in Iran. They had travelled eastwards and settled the Murree Hills and established their rule over the Murree region. they are of Rajput origin, and embraced Islam in 1402, at the hands of Sufi, Syed Ali Hamdan. Mian Qadir Bakhsh, the son of Raja Chandu of the Murree Hills was the first Muslim of the Kethwal tribe, who is said to have embraced Islam in 1402 at Patan of Kohala. The word Kethwal derived from the name of a tribal chief Mian Katho Khan, who was born in 1560 and is said to have ruled over the Muree region for approximately fifty years. The Kethwal are the oldest of the Murree tribes.[66]

The Khamb are tribe of mixed Turkish and Mongol extraction, found mainly in Jhelum and Rawalpindi districts.[67][Full citation needed]

According to their traditions, the ancestors of the Khamb arrived from Kathiawar, in what is now the modern state of Gujarat in India.

The Khamb were settled in their present abode, by a Hashmat Khan, a chief of the Thathal tribe, who are natives of the Pothohar region. This Hashmat Khan was appointed as a garrison commander of Khambhat in Kathiawar, by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. When Hashmat returned to the Pothohar region, he was accompanied by members of the garrison at Khambait. These troops were of a mixed origin and included troopers of Mongol and Afghan origin from Badakshan. He ordered that a village be built and named it Khanpur, and the Khamb tribe was granted lands in and around the new town. The tribe is still mainly found in Khambi Kaleechpur.[68]{{[Full citation needed]

The Khamb, being of at least partly Turkic extraction are now considered to be a clan of the Mughal tribe.

The Khamb are now found mainly in compact territory covering Sargodha, Jhelum and Gujrat, roughly following the course of the Jhelum River from Bhalwal to Jhelum city. There are also a few isolated villages in Rawalpindi and Chakwal districts.

The Khattars are probably of Jatt or Rajput origin, descended from one Rai Shiv Dyal Chohan, and

"The Khattars are generally credited with a Hindu origin,from Khatris but they are divided in belief as to their descent.Some admit Hindu origin, while those who deny it claim an Arab descent, alleging they are closely connected with Awans"[69]

They mostly inhabit the area of Ilaqah called 'Khattar' after them, in the more Northerly parts of the Plateau, in Attock district where it eventually rises towards the Hazara hills; whilst a sizeable number is also found in and around the Kala-Chitta Hills and Fatehjang area.

The Khatril are a tribe found almost exclusively in Rawalpindi District.

Some sources state that Khatrils claim descent from Manaf, and as such claim to be descended from the Abbasi dynasty,[citation needed] a claim also made by neighbouring tribes, such as Dhund Abbasi and Jasgam. They also claim that the land they now occupy was under Gakhar rule, and historically were tributaries of the Gakhars.[citation needed] Historically they intermarried both with the Jasgams and Dhund Abbasis.[citation needed]

They were included among the Dhund Abbasi in the 1921 Census of India, while in the 1911 Census, they were classified as Jats.[70][Full citation needed] Many other tribes in the Pothohar region have increasingly made claims to Arab ancestry since the start of the 20th century.

They are found mainly in Gujar Khan Tehsil, especially around the town of and Mandrah.

The Khichi are a major tribe in central Punjab, and particularly in the districts of Sargodha, Vehari and Sahiwal. They claim to be by origin, Chauhan Rajputs, descendants of Khichi Khan. There are two Khichi villages in Chakwal District, both called Khichi, one near Choa Syedan Shah and other in Talagang Tehsil.

The Khingar are found mainly in Jhelum District, and Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District.[71] Like many other Potohar tribes, they claim to both of Jat and Rajput status. The Jhelum branch tend generally calls itself Jat, while some members in Gujar Khan claim to be Rajput and others to be Jat. There are also several Khingar villages in the Thal portion of Mianwali District. The tribe claims descent from Khingar, who was said to be a Suryavanshi Rajput.

The Khokhar are a tribe of Rajput status.But many Muslim Khokhars maintain (and have always maintained) they are descended from an individual named Qutb Shah,[72][73] a Governor of Herat and a general in the army of Mahmud of Ghazni, Qutub Shah was a Hashemite descendant of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, Ali (but by a wife other than the Prophet's daughter, Fatimah).[74]

It is asserted that Qutb Shah and six of his sons accompanied and assisted Mahmud in his early 11th century conquests of what today forms parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. It is claimed that in recognition of their services and valour, Mahmud bestowed upon Qutb Shah and his sons (who, according to tribal traditions, settled primarily in the Salt Range) the title of Awan, meaning "helper".[16]

Tribal history holds that Qutb Shah and his sons married local women who converted to Islam from Hinduism. Qutb Shah’s sons are said to have settled in different regions of the Punjab and to a lesser extent, what now constitutes parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; Gauhar Shah or Gorrara, settled near Sakesar, Kalan Shah or Kalgan, settled in Kalabagh, Chauhan colonized the hills close to the Indus, Mohammad Shah or Khokhar, settled by the Chenab, and Tori ‏and Jhajh settled in Tirah. Their descendants not only came to heavily populate these regions, but a number of Awan sub-clans that trace their origins to these six individuals, give their names to various localities such as Golera in Rawalpindi, Khewra in Jhelum, Banjara in Sialkot and Jand in Attock. Some of Qutub Shah’s sons are supposed to have assumed names that reflected the Hindu heritage of their mothers and the Khokhar sub-clans that trace their origins to these particular individuals, bear the names of their eponyms.[75]

The individual Qutb Shah appears in relation to Khokhars, Awans and other clans in various records, sometimes as a Military General in the army of Ghazni and at other times as a saint. Some Pakistani and western scholars such as Syed Abdul Quddus, Ahmed Abdulla and J M Wikely; who quotes Pandit Harikishan Kaul in his report on the census of 1911, attribute the conversion of Khokhars to Qutb Shah during the invasions of Ghazni rather than his having an ancestral relation to Khokhars or Awans.

in the Pothohar region, the Khokhars are confined to the Jhelum and Chakwal districts. The Khokhars of Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil, have had considerable influence in this tehsil. The author of the Jhelum District Gazetteer wrote the following about them:

In the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil, the Khokhar are found in Ahmadabad, Vand, Churan, Kot Sultan and Kot Sahib Khan.(Last two are the mohallahs of Pind Dadan Khan city)

In addition to this family, there are several Khokhar villages in Chakwal District and the Jhelum Tehsil.

The Khoti are a found mainly in Chakwal District, and neighbouring Pind Dadan Khan. Their traditional theory of origin is that they are descended from Raja Kang and settled in Chakwal, where the bulk of the tribe is still found. They occupy several villages, Chak Hamid and Khotian being the main ones, in the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil, at a distance from Jhelum river, in Jhelum District. They are also the main Jat clan of Chakwal District, with the villages of Khotian, near Chakwal and Khotian near Choa Syedan Shah are centres of the tribe.

The Langrial is a tribe of both Jat and Rajput status.

The Langrial are found throughout Punjab, the tribe has different traditions to its origin, depending on the region it inhabits.

The Multan Langrial, claim descent from a Brahmin of Bikaner. According to another tradition, they are Quraishi Arab, who held sawy over Thatta in Sindh under one Ghiasudin, who from the lavishness of his public kitchen (langar in Sindhi and Seraiki) obtained the title Langrial.[10] Ghiasudin was said to be a contemporary of Mohammed of Ghor. He is said to have gone to Delhi with him. The Langrial are then said to have travelled to Kashmir, then to Shahpur in Punjab, and eventually Goryala, near Jhang in the same province. From there they went to Kamalia, but from there migrated to Kamannd, and outsted the *Hans who held this country.

They also say that their ancestor was Brahman Charan from Bikaner who was converted by Sultan Smran. They originally settled in Rawalpindi; then they moved to Jhang and took some country from the Sial.

In Sialkot Langrial claim descent through Rai Daram from Langrial. Jasu, 15th in descent from the Rai Daram turned Muslim. They settled in Sialkot in the time of Shah Jahan.

In Rawalpindi District, the Langrial consider themselves Rajputs. They occupy several villages near the town of Kallar Syedan including Phlina, Choa Saidan, Mandrah, Makh, Darkali, Daryal, and Mohra Bani Wala.

In Attock District, the village of Langrial, and hamlets nearby are held by the Langrial. Like the Rawalpindi Langrials, the Attock Langrial consider themselves to be Rajputs.

The Lilla tribe is a small tribe of Jat status, which claims Quraishi descent.

According to their traditions, the tribe was originally settled in Arabia, being relations of the Prophet Mohammad, on his mother's side. Their ancestor Haras, arrived in India with Mahmud of Ghazna (c. 10th Century). The tribe originally settled in Masnad in India. After seven generations, their forefathers moved to Multan, where a well known Pir gave one Ghaus Shah to be their spiritual Pir. Accompanied by Ghaus Shah, the tribe settled in Shahidiwalian, near present day Gujranwala.[10] The local governor was ordered to expel them and succeeded in dividing the tribe into two factions, which fought a pitched battle. The defeated party dispersed and its descendants are now found near the Chenab, while the others, weakened by the struggle, migrated to the Pind Dadan Khan plain, led by Lilla Buzurg.

The tribe claims descent from Lilla Buzurg. The tract was then occupied a tribe of Hal Jats. The Lillas exterminated this tribe, barring one pregnant woman, who had managed to escape. From her some are descended families of Hal Jats that reside with the Lillas.[41]

The tribe holds about 40 square miles (100 km2) of territory between Pind Dadan Khan town and the Salt Range in the Jhelum District of Punjab, Pakistan.[41]

The form the majority in the villages of Lilla Handwana, Lilla Goj and Lilla Bhera in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil.
Mair-Minhas and Minhas

The Minhas are a Suryavanshi Rajput clan and claim descent from Rama a legendary king of Ayodhya. It is an off-shoot of Jamwal-Dogra Rajputs, the founders of the city and state of Jammu and its rulers from ancient times to 1948.

The 'Chaudhrials' or the Talukdars reside in Kot Sarfraz Khan, [[Kot Choudrain|,Behkri, Dhudial, Badsahan, Bhoun, Murid, Punjain Shariff, Sarkal-Mair, Chakral, Oudherwal,Dab]],Mohra Sheikhan, Mohra Korechisham, Kotha Abdal, Chatal, Sutwal, Karhan, Chak Malook, Chak Norang and Bhagwal.

In addition the Mair-Minhas, there are several communities of Minhas Rajputs in Gujar Khan Tejsil, where the village of Sagri is an important centre of the tribe. Dhoke Baba Hussain, is Located in East of Mandra,on the distance of 10 km. 100% people of Dhoke Baba Hussain are Minhas Rajput. Dhoke Baba Hussain and all other nearest Dhokes are famous for Minhas Family. They are also found in Rawalpindi Tehsil, in and around the village of Traiya Such as the village of Shohwa (known in area as Karkan Shohwa), and Talagang Tehsil, where the village of Minhas and neighbouring hamlets, held by them.

The Maliar are a major tribe of the Pothohar, and have often been confused with the Arain tribe of central Punjab, with whom they have no connection.[76]

The term Maliar is said to from the Sanskrit word Malakara or makers of garland. According to their traditions, their ancestor Mahbub accompanied Sultan Mahmud of Ghazna to India. The Sultan assigned him gardening as a vocation, and as such the community became horticulturists.[77] There is no consensus as to the ethnic identity of this Mahbub. If we accept this account, the community thus settled in India at the start of the 11th century. Historically, the community was at a disadvantage, particularly in the Peshawar valley, where it suffered at the hands of Pashtun landlords.[78]

Unlike other tribes found in the Potohar region, military recruitment was not open to them, because they were deemed not to be a martial race.

They are found through the Potohar region, with especial concentrations in the Attock District. They also extend into the neighbouring Peshawer valley. There are also a few villages in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir.

They are found in just about every village in the Pothohar region, barring the Murree Hills tehsils, as tenants. There are, however a few villages which they occupy as the dominant tribe. In Jhelum District, Dheri Malliaran, Maliar, Kazi Hussain and Rajjo Pindi are two important Maliar villages.

Batala, Chahal, Maniand are important Maliar villages within Kahuta Tehsil, in Gujar Khan Tehsil Bhatta Maliar Kant Maliar and Bagh Sangra are important villages in the Rawalpindi Tehsil, Dhalla, Dughal, Khasala Kalan, Gulidana Maliar, and Salargarh are important villages.[24] In Attock District, Dhok Maliaran in Fateh Jang Tehsil is a major Maliar village.

In Chakwal District, Marjan Maliran and Saloi are the important village.
Mangral This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

Lord Krishna with Radha, as painted by Raja Ravi Varma

Mangrals are a Chandravanshi Rajput clan descended from Raja Mangar Pal son of Hani Dev who migrated to present day Sialkot from the Jangladesh region of northern Rajasthan in the 12th century Hani Dev's brother Nirmal Dev continued to live in Jangladesh. Prior to the mid-15th Century Jangladesh was a wild barren area. It was subsequently conquered by Rao Bika a Rathore Rajput and since then has been known as Bikaner. The name Mangral is never mentioned in British Gazetteers of the region. This word is derived from English language word mongrel meaning mixed breed. This was specified for people without any clear lineage.

There three Mangral villages in Kahuta Tehsil of Rawalpindi District, namely Galli, Marigala Mangral and Nandna Mangral.
Mangwal This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

The Mangwal are a small clan, claiming to be Mughal, found in the villages of Mangwal in Chakwal District and the village of Mangwal, in Khushab District.

The Mekan are a Jat clan. They claim descent from the Parmara Rajputs, and spring from the same ancestor as the Dhudhi tribe. According to their traditions, they settled in the Thal, after the end of Arab rule in Sindh. The Hindu king of Kanauj, a Parmar Rajput took possession of the region, and settled his kinsmen, the Mekan. They ruled Mankera for five hundred years. Their conversion to the faith is recorded during the time of Ghias-ud-din Balban, courtesy of Baba Farid Ganj Shakr. Towards the end of the 15th century, the Baloch from Makran flocked into the country in and around Mankera, and subsequently ruled this state for the next three hundred years. The Mekan in Pothohar are found mainly in Chakwal and Jhelum districts.There main villages in Jhelum District is Chautala and in Chakwal District there are many Maken villages such as Thanil Kamal, Dingi Zer, Dhoke Dhabri, and Dhoke Maken near Thoa Bahdur.[10]

The term Mughal (Persian: مغول‎) is simply the Persian form of the word Mongol, and large number of groups use the name Mughal in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

In theory, all those who claim Mughal ancestry, are descendents of various Mongol armies that invaded South Asia under Genghis Khan, Timur and Babar. But the term has always had a wider meaning. According to Bernier, a French traveller who visited India during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb wrote:
The court itself does not now consist, as originally of real Mongols, but a medley of Uzbeks, Persians, Arabs and Turks, or descendents of all these clases; known, as said before by the general appelation Mughal.[79]

So as early as the 17th century, the term Mughal covered a large number of groups. Generally, all Central Asian immigrants to India, whether they be Uzbek, Chughtai, Tajik, Barlas, Kipchak or Mongol were referred to as Mughal. The term was also added to latter immigrants from Iran and Turkey, such as the famous Qizilbash community. The principal subdivision among the Mughals are the Barlas and Chughtai.

In the Pothohar region, several tribal groupings have now started to call themselves Mughal. The author of the Rawalpindi District Gazetteer wrote following:
It is a curious fact that it has lately become a fashion amon certain tribes, even of high social rank, to call themselves Mughal. Sattis, and others do so, and it said that even Gakhars have been known to, but it is very doubtful whether any true Gakhar who could prove his descent would ever do so.[80]

This was written about the start of the last century, and Mughal descent is now a well established fact for many tribes of the region. In Rawalpindi District, several clans now claim to be Mughal, for example the Hafyal of Gujar Khan Tehsil, and Janhal of Kahuta Tehsil. In addition to these two clans, there are a number of Mughal families in the district. The Mughal of the large village of Mughal near the city of Rawalpindi, have always been influential. Other Mughal villages in clude Turkwal and Sarral in Gujar Khan Tehsil. The later, the Mughal share with the Sarral Rajputs.

In Jhelum District, the Kaks of Lehr Sultanpur in the eastern Salt Range, is a small Mughal clan, which historically wielded some influence in this district. There are also a cluster of Mughal villages around Chautala, in Jhelum District. In addition, the Phaphra and Khamb tribes also claims to be Mughal.

In Chakwal District, the Kassar tribe of the Dhanni claims to be Mughal, and so do the Mangwal,a small clan of found in Talagang. Another notable village of Mughals is Mulhal Mughlan.

In Attock District, the Ghebas are the principal Mughal clans. Other than the Gheba, the Mughal own one village in the Sarwala, and two in the Chhachh illaqa.

Nagyal or Nagial or sometimes pronounced Nangyal are a tribe which considers itself to both Rajput and Jat. They are distinct from Nagrial and Nagrwal, who are clans of the Bhatti Rajputs.

The tribe claims originally to have been ManhasRajputs.[41] Nagyals are originally Suryavanshi Rajput clan from the Punjab region and Jammu and Kashmir in India and Pakistan.It is an off-shoot of Jamwal-Dogra Rajputs, the founders of the city and state of Jammu and its rulers from ancient times to 1948.

The area through the eastern part of the Pothohar region, the Jhelum and Mirpur branch considers itself to be Jat, while those of Gujar Khan and Rawalpindi consider themselves, as Rajputs.

Mohra Nagial in the Islamabad Capital Territory is an important village. They are found throughout Rawalpindi District, except the mountainous tehsil of Murree. In Rawalpindi Tehsil, their villages are Banda Nagial, Mohra Nagyal and Maira Nagyal, in Kahuta Tehsil the village of Nagial and in Gujar Khan Tehsil the villages of Bhatta, Nagial Umer, Mohra Nagial, Nagial Sohal and Nagial Pahlwan.

In Jhelum District, Dhok Kanial Nagyal, Dhok Nagial and Gora Nagial are important villages.
Narma This unreferenced section requires citations to ensure verifiability.

The Narma are a Pahari Rajput tribe.

Their tradition connects them with Puran, said to be a son of Raja Salvahan from whom also come the Bhattis and Manj Rajputs. They also connect themselves with the Solhan Rajput with whom they intermarry.

According to another tradition, the Narma trace their descent to a Raja Karan, who is considered the founder of Ujjain. The tribe arePanhwar Rajputs. Naru Khan, 8th in descent from Raja Karan is said to have accepted Islam, and the tribe is named after him. Pahar Khan, 7th in descent from Naru Khan arrived in Gujrat, and founded two villages, Puran and Fatehpur.

In the Pothohar region, they are found in Kahuta Tehsil, where the village of Sudh Budhana, is an important centre of the tribe. in Rawalpindi very famous are Nagial nowadays, and many street names are on their names already.

The Panwar are an Agnivanshi Rajput tribe.

The name is said to mean one that strikes the enemy, from Sanskrit para ‘alien’, ‘enemy’ mara ‘strike’, ‘kill’ in Sanskrit. The Parmars ruled in Malwa, which is now part of Madhya Pradesh. They consider themselves one of the Agnikulas or ‘Fire Tribes'.[81]

The most widely accepted school of thought is that the Paramaras – along with the Chauhans, the Pratiharas (Parihars) and the Solankis (Chalukyas) – were one of the four Agni kula ("fire-born") clans of the Rajputs.

In the Pothohar region, many clans claim to Panwar by ancestry. The tribe itself only occupy two villages in Jhelum Pabbi, Sahsral and Jandot. There are also several villages found across the Jhelum River in Mirpur District.

The Paracha own a couple of villages in Rawalpindi Tehsil, and in Taxila Tehsil, the village of Khuram Paracha is an important centre of this tribe. In Attock District, there are two distinct settlements of the tribe, those of Attock and those of Makhad. The Makhad Parachas claim their original home was the village of Dangot in Bannu District, and they moved to Makhad in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Like other Punjab tribes, there are various theories as to the origin of the Piracha. According to one of their traditions, they are the descendents of Hazrat Aziz Yemani, a companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Hazrat Aziz used to act as “Farash” to Muhammad. Farash in Arabic means “one who spreads a carpet, an attendant, a valet etc. etc.” Hazrat Aziz Yemeni’s descendents were known as “Farasha” after him. During the Arab conquest of Persia (640-644 AD), Abul Aas, the son of Hazrat Aziz Yemeni, was commanding the Yemeni contingent. After the conquest of Iran, he settled down and married a Persian Princess. The Persians transcribed his surname “Farasha” into “Paracha” according to the usage of their own language. His successors were, thereafter, known as “Paracha” in Persia and later in Afghanistan and the Indus Valley after the Arabs conquered these areas.

Other traditions make them out to be Mughals, while colonial British historians claimed that they were in fact members of the famous Khatri tribe, who had converted to Islam[82]

The Pashtun, or as they are referred to in the Pothohar region, Pathans, are found principally in the Attock District and belongs to Qais Abdur Rashid(father of all pashtuns). There are two Pathan settlements in that district, one in the south-west of Pindigheb Tehsil at Makhad and in the Narrara hills, the other in the Attock Tehsil, chiefly in the Chhachh illaqa.[83] In addition, there are also a few scattered villages, in Rawalpindi District.

According to the 1901 Census of India, these were the main sub-divisions of the Pathans in Attock District.[84]Tribe Attock Tehsil Pindigheb Tehsil Fateh Jang Tehsil Talagang Tehsil Total
Akhund Khel 722 722
Alizai 4,415 4,415
Babar 615 615
Babi 581 581
Barakzai 578 578
Dilazak 1,070 3 43 1,116
Jamal Khel 579 579
Lodhi 727 1 5 733
Manduri 864 864
Piru Khel 594 594
Saddo Khel 801 801
Sagri Khattak 4,759 4,759
Tareen 658 658
Tanoli 650 650

Sagri Khattak Pathans

The Pindigheb Pathans are practically all Sagri Pathans, a branch of the Bulaki Khattaks. The Babar family of Bhangi Khel Khattaks is also represented in the Narara hills. Another branch of the Khattaks, the Jamal Khel also have a presence in settlements near the town of Makhad.

According to their traditions, the khattaks came across the Indus river from the neighbourhood of Kohat, and drove out the Awan, whom they found in possession. The Khattaks look up to the Khans of Makhad" Sher Ahmed Khattak", as their headmen. They own seven villages, of which Makhad and Narara are the largest. The village of Hadowali is their boundary to the east, where the Awan are their neighbours. Throughout the tract they occupy, they have completely dispossessed all other tribes. Their speech is the soft or western dialect of Pashto.[85]
Chhachh Pathans

The Attock Pathans are found in two parts of the tehsil, those of Sarwala, and those of Chhachh. The Chhachh Pathans have very little in common with the Sagri khattaks, as they are separated by the Kala Chita mountains.The chhachhies are also known as Chhachi (Pashtun). The Chhachh have Hindko and pushto speaking community, and have much in common with the Pashtun tribes settled in the neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Chhachh have pukhtun culture and peoples are following Pashtunwali code of conduct strictly like in NWFP. Mostly Pathans in Chhachh came with Ghaznavi from Afghanistan.[86]

The largest clan are the Alizai, who include the Tahirkheli, one of three main septs of the Alizai. The Tahirkheli inhabit villages along the Haro river. The other tribe along the Haro are the Sadozai, and both they and the Alizai, are branches of the Durrani-tareens tribe. Together with the Manduri and Barahzai, who are also found in numbers in the district, they are all sections of the great Yousafzai tribe. By far the greater proportion of the Attock Pathans are Yousafzai, allied to the Yousafzai of Swabi and Mardan districts and other tribes are kakar, nasozai, barakzai, khattaks, lodhi, Bangash, ismail khel, Utmanzai, sadozai and many others

The Attock District Gazetteer gives the following description regarding Pathan settlement in the district:
The connection of Pathans with the tahsil is not very ancient. The earliest comers may have been the Lodhis, who are a section of the Ghilzai nation, and accompanied Mahmud Ghaznavi as mercenaries on his invasions of India. Their numbers are inconsiderable. Next after a long interval came the Dilazak who were gradually driven from the Safed Koh by the Yousafzai. About the end of the 16th Century they crossed the river, and found the Chhachh, then a swamp being slowly recovered from the Indus, in possession of the Gujjars. Apparently they never settled down and in consequence of the turmoil caused by their constant attempt to recover Mardan illaqa of Peshawar from the Yousafzais, were finally deported by Jahangir and scattered over the India Peninsula. "A Gazetteer of Attock District 1929 Part A page 91</ref>
The great Pathan invasion of the Chhachh took place much latter. About the end of the 17th Century the Khattaks, pushing up from Kohat at the south,began to press on the flanks of the Yousafzai between Attock and Peshawer of which they had been put in charge. At the same time too the Gujars of Hazara has summoned the Yousafzais across the river to help against the Tareen, a tribe of original Afghans of Jewish and Arab origin, who had fallen on the Haripur plain. Later in the middle of the 18th Century the Piro Khels who are Afridis and Pathans proper, came with Nadir Shah perhaps from Persia, and remained behind when he returned.By the end of the 18th Century Dilazaks, Tareens, Yousafzais and Afridis had settled down in the Tahsil, with the Yousafzai numerically immensely superior. Since then no immigration has taken place. The chief accretion to Pathan strength has been that of the Akhund Khel. Akhund is the title given to any chief of special sanctity, and Akhundzada is the title of his descendants. Many Akhund Khel are by origin Gujar and Awan. , perform no priestly functions, and live like ordinary Pathans. The Tahirkheli Pathans who inhabit the north-east of the Tahsil below the main wall of the Gandgarh Hills and along the line of the Haro by tradition and sentiment have little to with Attock. They live or own land in the Hazara District, and many are Jagirdars.[87]

The Chhachh ilaqa is almost entirely held by the Pathans, as is the Nala estates, along the Haro river valey. The Attock Pathans were the earliest group of Pothoharis to start emigrating to Europe and North America.There are now large communities of Chhachh Pathan settled in British cities, such as Bradford, Birmingham and Manchester[88]
Pathans in Rawalpindi District

There are very few Pathan settlements in this district. The only exception are the Pathans of Ghazanabad inj Kahuta Tehsil, who are Yousafzai Pathans. In Gujar Khan Tehsil, there are also a few Pathan villages, all of whom claim to be Mohmand. The most important Pathan village in that tehsil is Kazrani, and the proprietors, the Qazi family historically were of some influence in the Gujar Khan region.[89]

Phaphra is small tribe of Mughal status,

The tribe claims to be Mughals, but British ethnographers writing at the beginning of the 20th century expressed doubts[10] because some of them are called Sheikh's According to their tradition, the tribe came from the direction of Faridkot in Indian East Punjab, and settled in the district as traders and agriculturists. The tribe claims descent from a Phaphra, who settled in the district in the 15th century.

They occupy a compact area of about 25 square miles (65 km2) at the foot of the Salt Range, east of Pind Dadan Khan in Jhelum District in Pakistan.

The main Mughals Phaphra villages are Kaslian, Rawal, Dhudi Phahpra, Sadowal, Warra Phaphra, Saowall, Samun and Ghareebwal, all in Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil of Jhelum District. Mohra Phaphra is a lone Phaphra village in Rawalpindi District.

The name originally signified ancestry from the Arab tribe of Quraish.[90] The Quraish were the tribe of the Prophet Mohammed.

In Rawalpindi district, the Dulal Qureshis of Gujar Khan, already separately mentioned, own a clusters of villages, Narali being the main one. The other important Qureshi clan in the district, is that of the Siham, who occupy several villages in Rawalpindi Tehsil. In addition to these two families, the villages of Anwari and Fatot are home to Qureshi families.

In Jhelum District, the most important Qureshi villages are Chak Misri, Karuli and Pir Khara. In Khushab District,the most important Qureshi villages is Pail Piran. In Attock District, they own a few villages in Fateh Jang Tehsil and Pindigheb Tehsil, but are absent from Attock Tehsil.

An 1876 engraving of rajputs, from the Illustrated London News.

The Rajputs are large caste cluster, found in North India and Pakistan. They regard themselves as being descended from the vedic warrior class known as the Kshatriyas. The word Rajput, it is claimed is a corruption of the word Rajputra, which literally means "son of a King." Rajputs belong to one of three great patrilineages, which are the Suryavanshi, the Chandravanshi and the Agnivanshi.

The Pothohar Rajputs have almost all converted to Islam[66] Their reasons for conversion are complex and controversial, but all that can be said with certainty, is towards the middle of the 16th century, all the Rajput clans had converted to Islam,[clarification needed] and indeed the Janjua say they converted much earlier. Rawalpindi District is seen as the home of the Rajput clans, and the district is home to innumerable number of clans. Many are muhi of larger tribes, for example the Hattar and Kural of Attock District are Bhatti, while the Ratial are a clan of the Katoch. The threefold division of Agnivanshi, Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi is less important here them among the Hindu Rajput clans of North India.

Here is a brief description of some of the Rajput clans, which have not been already noticed:
Dogar or Dogra

A Rajput clan found in Kallar Syedan Tehsil and Kahuta Tehsil of Rawalpindi District.Their main villages are Jameri,Gulla, and Sehar.

The Kahial are found mainly in Gujar Khan Tehsil, where the occupy several villages, the main one being Kahial Dara.

The Khambal are a small sept, chiefly found in the village of Sadda Khambal, in Kahuta Tehsil. They claim to be Suryavanshi.

The Kurar are a small Rajput sept, found mainly in the village of Kurar in Fateh Jang Tehsil.

Mial or more correctly Meyal,also known Qureshi Rajputs are a small Rajput clan found in Attock, Chakwal,Islamabad and Rawalpindi .The village of Mial in Islamabad, Kuri Sheher in Rawalpindi, and Shakrial are important centres of the tribe.
Nagral & Nagrawal

These two are clans of the Bhatti Rajputs, found mainly in Gujar Khan Tehsil. Maira Nagral is their principal village.

The Ramal or Ramial are a small sept, found mainly in Rawalpindi Tehsil, where they are found mainly in the village of Ramial.

The Ranial are a branch of the Janjua Rajputs.

According to their traditions, two Janjua Rajput noblemen, Raja Malu and Raja Mubarak took over respectively, the area of Hayal Ranial and the Dhamial plain. Interestingly, Raja Malu's offspring were known as the Rajas of Ranial and Raja Mubarak's offspring likewise, were known as the Rajas of Dhamial. This later culminated in the recognition of these two branches as simply Ranial Rajas and Dhamial Rajas.

The Ranial live in the Kharora circle in Rawalpindi Tehsil, and occupy the villages of Ranial and Nambal.

The Ratial are Muslim Rajput tribe.

There are two traditions as to the origin of the Ratial tribe.

According to a tradition, the tribe are descended from Khattar Khan, the ancestor of the Khattar tribe. Khattar Khan had six sons, Jand Khan, Isa Khan, Sarwar Khan, Firoz Khan, Sehra Khan and Pehru Khan. About three generations after his death, the tribe lost Nilab but they took possession of the open country between Rawalpindi and the Indus which became known by the name of Khattar. The descendants of Jand Khan took possession of the district called after them Jandal between Khushhalghar and Nara. From Feroz Khan has the Drek family descended. His great-grandson was Ratnah from whom have descended the clan known as Ratial.[10]

Another tradition makes Ratnah out to be a Katoch Rajput, who left Kangra in the 15th Century and settled in Potohar region, and converted to Islam. His descendents are known the Ratial.[10]

The Ratial were for sometime overlords of a large part of the present Rawalpindi District known as Ratala. They were displaced from Ratala by a Janjua chief Raja Abdullah Khan, being himself displaced by the upheaval of the Sikh conquest of Garjaak and Darapur[91] took his remaining army and conquered the region of Ratyal from a Ratial chief who was loyal to the Sikh empire. His domain was over seven large villages consisting of Mughal Kayanis, Jats and Gakhars. He defeated the Ratial Chief and renamed it Ratala. The Ratial are still make up the bulk of the population of this part of what is now the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District.

The Sandhu are one of the largest Jat tribes, of central Punjab. They hold the village of Mohra Sandhu, and neighbouring hamlets near the town of Bewal in Gujar Khan Tehsil, where their ancestors settled in the 18th century.

The Satti make up almost all the population of Kotli Sattian Tehsil, and share the hilly portion of Kahuta Tehsil, with the Jasgam.[92]

The Sarral are a Rajput tribe, claiming to be Suryavanshi. They are found in throughout the south-eastern part of the Pothohar region.

The Sohlan are a Rajput tribe connected with the Narma. They are said to be of Panhwar Rajput descent which is a sub-branch of the Paramara Raputs.

Sheikh (Arabic and Punjabi: شيخ ), is an Arabic word meaning elder of a tribe, lord, Honorable revered old man, or Islamic scholar. In South Asia it is used as an ethnic title generally attributed to Muslim trading families. The Shaikh community are found mainly in Attock District, entirely in Attock Tehsil. They occupy ten villages between Attock city and the Chhach area. Their prominent families include the those of the villages of Tagall and Saman. In the Chhach area, they also found mainly as peasant proprietors. They belonged mainly to the Siddiqui and Qanungoh biradaris.[93]

The Gadhiok Shaikhs of the village of Khokhar in Chakwal District are another important Shaikh biradari. Their ancestor Mohammad Sharif is said to have converted to Islam during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. They are a community of Khatri origin.

The Miana Shaikhs of Rawalpindi District claim to by origin Fauriqis.

Sayyid (Arabic: سيد‎) (plural sādah) is an honorific title that is given to males accepted as descendants of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through his grandsons, Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali, who were the sons of his daughter Fatima Zahra and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib.

The Sayyid clans each descend from one of the twelve Shia Imams. If a person is descended from more than one notable ancestor or Shi'a Imam, they will use the title of the ancestor from whom they are most directly descended.

In the Pothohar region, they are true caste, marrying only among themselves.

Typical Sudhan Member in Azad Kashmir

The Sudhan are mostly found in Azad Kashmir, where the Sudhnati District, across the Jhelum river is a stronghold. However, five Sudhan villages, Ranial being the largest, are located in the hilly portion of Kahuta Tehsil, near the Azad Pattan crossing. Some Sudhan claim that they are descended from Afghans, while others claim a Brahmin ancestry.

Thathal (also referred to as Thothal) is a Rajput/Jat clan.

Thathals claim to be Suryavanshi Rajput ancestry.[94] They are said to be descendants of legendary Raja Karan. Raja Thathoo, the ancestor of the Thathals was said to be a son Raja Karan. In the Potohar region, it is not uncommon for tribes to claim both Rajput and Jat origins.

They are found in the area between Salt Range, Kashmir and Kharian Pubbi.
See also
Muslim Jat of Punjab
Punjabi Rajput
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^ A Gazetteer of Attock District 1929 Part A page 85
^ A Gazetteer of Attock District 1929 Part A page 80
^ A Gazetteer of Attock District 1929 Part A page 84
^ Gazatteer of Rawalpindi District 1907
^ a b Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1834). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1999. Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland.. p. 651. "By that marriage Haarsha had contracted an alliance with the dominant race of the Gurjaras, of whom the chohans were a prominent clan."
^ Dasharatha Sharma (1975). Early Chauhān dynasties: a study of Chauhān political history, Chauhān political institutions, and life in the Chauhān dominions, from 800 to 1316 A.D.. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 280. ISBN 0-8426-0618-1, ISBN 978-0-8426-0618-9. "According to a number of scholars, the agnikula clas were originally Gurjaras."
^ a b The Customary Law of Rawalpindi District by Samuel T Weston
^ A Gazetteer of Jhelum District Part A 1904 PAGE 96
^ A Gazetteer of Rawalpindi District 1907 Part A page 75
^ a b Marriage Among Muslims: Preference and Choice in Northern Pakistan by Donnan, Hastings Brill Academic Publishers ISBN 90-04-08416-9
^ A Gazetteer of Rawalpindi District 1907 Part A page 62
^ "Gurjara-Pratihara Dynastyrv". Britannica Concise. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
^ Smith, Vincent Arthur (1999) [1904]. The Early History of India; From 600 B.C. to the Muhammadan Conquest Including The Invasion of Alexander The Great. Atlantic Publishers and Distributors. pp. 166–174. ISBN 8171566189.
^ a b Bhandarkar, Devadatta Ramakrishna (1989). Some Aspects of Ancient Indian Culture. Asian Educational Services. p. 64. ISBN 8120604571.
^ Russell, R. V; R.B.H. Lai (1995). Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India. Asian Educational Services. pp. 166–174. ISBN 812060833X.
^ Gurjara aura Unakā Itihāsa meṃ Yogadāna Vishaya para Prathama Itihāsa Sammelana. The Packard Humanities Institute. 1996. pp. 34–65. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
^ a b Stephen M. Lyon. "Gujars and Gujarism: simple quaum versus network activism". University of Kent at Canterbury. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
^ "Gujjars from Georgia: seminar". The Tribune. 1999-05-12. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
^ Curtis, Glenn E. (2004). Georgia a Country Study. Kessinger Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 1419121650.
^ Nasmyth, Peter (2001). Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry. Routledge. p. 9. ISBN 0700713956.
^ Indirā Gāndhī Rāshṭrīya Mānava Saṅgrahālaya, Kulbhushan Warikoo, Sujit Som. Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. p. 4. ""Gurjar" is a sanskrit word which has been explained thus: Gur+Ujjar;'Gur' means 'enemy' and 'ujjar' means 'destroyer'.The word means "Destroyer of the enemy"."
^ India. Office of the Registrar General (1961). Census of India, Volume 20, Part 6, Issue 27. Manager of Publications. p. 7. "These people used to enjoy a title of 'Gorjan' (Leader of masses).In sanskrit the word Gurjar was used and nowadays Gujjar is used in place of Gurjar which predicts the qualities of a warrior community."
^ A Gazatteer of Jhelum District Part A 1904 pages 115-116