Bhittanis in India

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Bhittanis in India,
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, April 10 2015 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Bhittanis in India

Publishing Date: Friday, April 10 2015

Initially Bhittanis were settled on the western side of the Suleiman mountains. During the reign of Sikandar Lodhi the tribe , en-mass, moved through Gomal pass to their present location, east of the Suleiman mountains. Most of the families went over to Hind and joined the Pashtun rulers and 'jagirdars' armies. Some of them rose to prominence such as Fateh Khan Bhittani who became the governor of  Bengal and was killed by Taj Khan and Imad Khan Karranis [1]. Haji Khan Bhittani was appointed to the governorship of Mewat by Sher Shah Suri in 1540 AD.[2]


Likewise, Hasan Khan Beitani was a commander in Emperor Akbar's army and was killed in the Karakar pass in Buner in 1585 AD while fighting the yousafzais. Ibrahim Khan Bhittani was among the elite of Emperor Jahangir's court and did excellent work in supplying the deficiencies noticed in the copies of Maghza-i-Afghani' from the original of Naimatullah harvi and other histories.


The clans that remained in Gomal valley gradually increased their influence in the area and reached the outskirts of Kaniguram. However, in a fierce battle , the Wazirs/Mahsuds pushed them back and as a consequence some more families moved out and joined their kinsmen in Hind.


                                            References

1.History of the Pathans: The Ghurghushti, Beitani and Matti tribes of Pathans by Haroon Rashid, p-08

2. Sher Shah: A critical study based on original sources, by K.R Kanungo, page-226


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Bhittanis in India,
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, April 10 2015 (http://www.khyber.org)