Pathan settlement in Central India started with the arrival of Dost Mohammad Khan a Pashtun adventurer from Tirah in 1709, soon after Dost Mohammad Khan invited fellow tribesmen from Tirah.  These early settlers mainly hailed from the Mirazi Khel and Firoz Khel sub-tribes of the Orakzai. Descendants of these early settlers still pride themselves as being Barru-kat ("reed cutter") Pathans since they initially made their homes with thatched reeds. With the creation of the princely state of Bhopal a hub for Pathan settlement was created and thousands of Pathans arrived as soldiers to fill the Begum's army. Immigration from the Northwest Frontier continued until the independence in 1947. In neighboring areas of Madhya Pradesh similar migrations took place and have left Pathans scattered throughout Madhya Pradesh. In state of Indore Pathans came looking for employment in the Holkar's army and settled down, several large Pathan commanders in the Holkar's armies were given large estates or Jagirs themselves which became princely states in the surrounding areas. The states of Tonk and Jaora were two such states originally given to Rohilla commanders in the Holkar's army. Descendents of the founders of these states and their Pathan soldiers are found in the areas of Sironj, part of Tonk, and in the area of Jaora. In northern Madhya Pradesh similarly Rohillas came from Uttar Pradesh into the army of Gwalior, eventually ending up settling in the area.