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Khattar (Urdu: کھتر ) is an upper caste Punjabi tribe in Punjab where it is variously classified as Rajput or Jatt, and is a Jatt and Khatri caste in India .


There are various spurious theories about the origins of the Khattars—one is they are Non-Fatimid Arabs, descended from Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and, as such, 'related' to the Awans who today inhabit parts of Northern Punjab. Being an Arab tribe that entered in Spain with Tariq Bin Ziyad. The supposed head of the tribe, Abu Al-Khataar was a popular governor of al-Andalusia, Spain. After the downfall of Moorish government in Spain, the tribe left it and moved to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India and north west of Pakistan. The details of this hypothesis, based on a misspelling between 'Khattar' (Indo-Aryan) and 'Al-Khataar' (Arabic) can be found in book, "The Nation that lost its soul", by one of the lieutenants of the Quaid-i-Azam, Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan (himself a Khattar).(Lahore Jang publishers 1995). In addition, Prof Hitti points out that the Ibn al-Khataar were more likely a Berber tribe, of the faction of Yusuf al-Fihri, based at Toledo, who later went back to 'el-Moghreb' after the fall of the Islamic Andalusia c 1490s.

A second claim, is that the Khattars are of Turkish ancestry; a claim based on two factors: (a) supposed physical features and...
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