History and origin
Prior to partition, the districts of Gurdaspur,kangra,Chanba,and Jammu & Kashmir were home to a large number of Muslim Bersal. In what became Pakistani territory, they were and are found in numbers in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sahiwal and Rawalpindi districts, which all bordered Jammu and Kashmir. The Bersal were close relatives of Jamwal of Jammu and Kashmir and Pathania Rajputs of Gurdaspur. They are the offspring of Raja Jagata Singh of Pathankot. Their language is Dogri, Pahari and Punjabi. The Bersal are Use Raja,Rana,Chaudhary and Mian as a title.
- The Partition Omnibus, David Page, Anita Inder Singh, Penderel Moon, G. D. Khosla, Mushirul Hasan, Oxford 2002, p 73
- A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of Punjab and the North West Frontier Province Volume III page 276 by H A Rose