Alizai (Pashtun tribe)

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Alizai is a Pashtun tribe indigenous to southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. It belongs to the Panjpai confederation of the larger Durrani tribe of Ahmad Shah Durrani.

Alizai is also a name of Baloch tribe in Balochistan

Geographic distribution[edit]

The Alizai tribe mostly reside in the Loy Kandahar region of southern Afghanistan and in the Chhachh area of Attock, Punjab, Pakistan. In Afghanistan they are especially concentrated around Helmand and Farah.[1] [2] In 2007, Alizai tribesmen in the village of Musa Qala in Helmand, united under Mullah Abdul Salam fought alongside the Taliban. Mullah Abdul Salam later agreed to change sides and was appointed by Hamid Karzai as governor of Musa Qala district of Helmand Province.[1] In Pakistan a large percentage of the population of Chhachh has Pashtun roots. The largest tribe is Alizai, which includes the Tahirkheli, one of three mains branches of the Alizai. The Tahirkheli inhabit villages along the Haro river in Attock

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coghlan, Tom (29 October 2007). "Key tribal leader on verge of deserting Taliban". Daily Telegraph: World News. telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 

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