||This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. The specific problem is: you name it, this needs it. (November 2011)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|• Pakistan • India|
|• Punjabi •Hindko •Urdu|
|• Islam, Hinduism & Sikhism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Rajputs; other Indo-Aryans|
The Punjabi Rajputs are members of the Rajput caste found throughout the Punjab region that was divided between India and Pakistan in 1947. The people of the area are known as Punjabis and their language is also called Punjabi.
The 1947 partition of India caused a division of population generally along religious lines. The main religions of the region are Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. The Muslim Punjabi Rajputs are mostly in Pakistani Punjab while both the Hindu and Sikh Rajputs are mainly found in Indian Punjab.
Hindu Rajputs of Punjab
The Rajput clans of the what is now Himachal Pradesh, as well as the districts of Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur remained Hindu. The Punjab Hill states were centres of some of the oldest Rajput states in India. The Hindu Rajputs of Gurdaspur and the Jammu region are referred to as the Dogras. Prior to the partition of India, Dogra settlements also extended to Gujrat and Sialkot, where there were settlements of Bajju, Bhao, Chib, Charak, Manhas, and Sulehria Rajputs.
The Rajputs of Hoshiarpur District and Himachal Pradesh are also divided into numerous tribes, which are sub-divided into numerous sects.
The Guleria, Sabaia, Dadwal and Jaswal are branches of the Katoch tribe, but now intermarry with each other.
The Nishan-e-Haider is the highest military award given by Pakistan. It is also known as or Hilal-e-Kashmir. It was established in 1957 after Pakistan became a Republic, however, it was instituted retrospectively back to 1947. It is awarded to military personnel, regardless of rank, for extraordinary bravery in combat. The award is considered to be the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the Medal of Honor and the Param Vir Chakra. Its exclusivity may be gauged by the fact that since it was established only 10 awards have been made, along with one equivalent award. To date all awards have been made posthumously. Of the 10 recipients, 9 have been from the Pakistan Army, one has been from the Pakistan Air Force. Five Rajputs was awarded Pakistan's top military honour, the Nishan-E-Haider.
- "Honours and Awards". Pakistan Army. Retrieved 2009-06-06.