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The Khetran () is a Baloch tribe in Balochistan, Pakistan, of Rind origin. Their first language is the Khetrani language, which is spoken only by their tribe.

They are concentrated in Barkhan District of Balochistan around Barkhan city and Dera Ghazi Khan District, around Vehowa city.

Few villages are also present deep inside Punjab like Kot Khetran village near Toba Tek Singh District of Punjab.

History

According to oral tradition among Khetrans they took a guest in from the east during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar, later it transpired that their guest was a convicted man in the Mughal Court. The Mughals asked for the man (known as Ram Sunara, Sunara means goldsmith) to be returned but the Khetrans refused as he was their guest and they had to provide him with protection. As a result Akbar sent an army to Vehowa to deal with the Khetrans. Khetrans lost thousands of lives in the conflict. Some of them fled to present day Barkhan District where they still live. The remains of some castles and a place known as "Ram Sunara Da Thala" still exists 10&nbsp;km from Vehowa in another village known as Litra. This is the place where Ram Sunara was provided sanctuary.

Girazo Khan Khetran was succeeded by his son Bakhtiar Khan Khetran who was further succeeded by his son Sardar Haji Khan Khetran. Sardar Haji Khan Khetran was a strong ruler and the Khetrans prospered under him. His rule is...
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