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Cheema is a clan of Jat people[1] in Punjab region of India and Pakistan.[2] In Pakistan, Cheema are Muslims,[3][4] while in India, Cheema are predominantly Sikh [5] and with some Hindu.[6]


  1. ^ Census of India, 1901, Volume 17, Part 1 By India. Census Commissioner, Edward Albert Gait p. 243
  2. ^ Invasion of the Genes Genetic Heritage of India By B. S. Ahloowalia pg.65
  3. ^ "All-Jatt contest in Wazirabad". Dawn (Pakistan). 12 August 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Pakistan by Human Rights Watch Pg. 42
  5. ^ Rait, S. K. (2005). Sikh Women in England: Their Religious and Cultural Beliefs and Social Practices. Trentham Books. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-858-56353-4. "Sikhs are also instructed not to use their caste as part of their names, but in England many attach their caste, gotra or clan name (such as Channa, Cheema, Sethi) to their given names because the use of a surname is a requirement in the UK." 
  6. ^ From Punjab to New York: A Reflective Journey By Surjit Singh Pg. 29