The Pathans of Punjab
)</small>, पंजाबी पठान <small>(Devanagari
)</small>; ) are originally Pashtun people
) who have settled in the Punjab region
. These Pashtun communities are scattered throughout the Punjab.
These non-frontier Pathans are usually known by the town or locality in which they are settled, e.g., Kasuri
Pathans or Multani
Pathans. They should not be confused by the Hindkowans
, who have a distinct identity from the Punjabi Pathans.
History and origin
These colonies of Pathans (Pashtun people or ethnic Afghans) are accounted for by Sir Densil Ibbetson in the following manner:
Large numbers of Pathans accompanied the armies of Mahmud of Ghazni
, Muhammad of Ghor
, and many of them obtained grants of land in the Punjab plains and founded Pathan colonies which still exist. Many Pathans have also been driven out of Afghanistan
due to devastated invading forces such as Genghis Khan
and his Mongol armies
, including internal feuds or famine, and have taken refuge in the plains east of the Indus River
where the Mongols marked the line of their aggression.
The tribes most commonly to be found in the Punjab region are the Yusufzai
, Karlanri and the Zamand... Read More