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Bayazid Khan known as Pir Roshan or Pir Rokhan (, )‎ (1525–1582/1585) was a Pashtun warrior poet and intellectual of the Barak/Urmar (known in present day as Burki) tribe who wrote in Persian and Arabic. His mother tongue was Ormuri and he also spoke Pashto. He was born just outside Jullunder, Punjab, but early in his childhood, his father moved the family back to Kaniguram, the Burki heartland in today's South Waziristan.

Bayazid Khan (Barak/Urmar/Burki) --popularly known as Pir Roshan—became known for his thinking with its strong Sufi influences, radical for the times and unusual for the region. As to claims by some Burkis of an "Ansari" connection, refer to "An Enquiry into the Ethnography of Afghanistan" by Henry Walter Bellew (1891). Bayazid's people—currently referred to as "Burki"-- who until the early twentieth century were known as Barak or Baraki were found in large numbers during the Greek period in their present environs (p. 62). On page 8, Bellew in this seminal work refers to the Baraki's origins as "mysterious" but not of Arab/Ansari descent.

He became known for his thinking with its strong Sufi influences, radical for the times and unusual for the region.Like other Pushtun tribes, the Burki seek self segregation from the outside world thus the importance of Kaniguram as the historical focal point of the tribe and the continued effort to retain their native tongue (Urmar)which...
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