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Paracha (Urdu: پراچہ) (Also rendered as Peracha,Piracha, Pracha etc.) is a family or clan name in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and India.
Paracha comes from the name Feracha, throughout years it has been modified as Paracha, Piracha and Peracha. Paracha's have an ancestral background going back to Yemen. They are wealthy Muslim traders scattered throughout the world. This term came from Parcha meaning cloth, one of the principle item of their trade. This wealthy class is found in large number at Lahore (Mochi Darwaza) Sargodha, Swat, Makhad, Attock, Kohat, Mangowal, Shahpur, Khushab, Quetta, Peshawar, Dharyala Jalip , Mansehra Nowshera. They used to trade as far as Central Asia, chiefly in Cloth, Silk, Indigo and Tea.
Most common languages the Piracha speak today are Hindko, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, English, and Pashto.
- Nadeem Farooq Paracha (born 1967), a left-liberal Pakistani journalist, cultural critic, satirist and short story writer