Kheshgi

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The Kheshgi or Kheshki are a Sarbanri Pashtun tribe in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Origins[edit]

According to Pashtun genealogy, Qais Abdur Rashid, the father of the Pashtuns, begat Sarban, who begat Kharshbun, who begat Zamand. Zamand had a number of sons, including Kheshgi, who is the founder of the eponymous tribe. Another son, Muhammad, founded the Muhammadzai_(Charsadda) of Charsadda.[1]

Location[edit]

Even in the 19th-century during the British administration of India, Kheshgi tribesmen were found scattered about the region. A more recent article also states that over the past few hundred years they have dispersed throughout South Asia, including the following places:[2]

  • Afghanistan: Darrah Ghorband, Ghorband District, Parwan Province
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/NWFP: Tanda, Hero Daal, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Bahawal Poor, Multan, Ghinta Ghar/Mahallah Kheshki (Peshawar), Charsadda Khas, and Hazarah
  • Punjab Province: Kasur
  • India: Khurja

Culture and Society[edit]

Several British accounts state that the Kheshgi residing in Kasur hold pigeons in high esteem, for according to some Muslims they are a "Sayyid among birds", and killing them is hence forbidden.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hastings, E. G. G., Report of the Regular Settlement of the Peshawar District of the Punjab. Lahore: Central Jail Press, 1878. 80.
  2. ^ Kheshki, Anas Parvez. "Kheshki." Khyber.org. Accessed 12 Oct. 2010.
  3. ^ Crooke, William. The Popular Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India, Vol. II. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co., 1896. 246.
  4. ^ Rose, H. A. A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province. New Delhi: Nirmal Publishers and Distributors, 1997. 142.