Rawalakot, in the Poonch District and Pallandri, in the Sudhanoti Districts of Azad Kashmir are major Sudhan centres. Internationally Sudhans are settled all over the world and have large communities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A significant Sudhan diaspora is now present in Australia, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Belgium. Sudhans are also found in large numbers in Middle East and South Africa.
Rebellion against Kashmir State
Sudhans rebelled against the Kashmir State under the directions of the Pakistan Army in 1947-1948, and with the support of Pashtun tribal lashkars sent in from the Khyber and Waziristan tribal agencies and although Kashmir state acceded to India, they were able to 'liberate' a portion called Azad Kashmir (Free/Pakistani controlled).
Earthquake of 2005
On October 8, 2005 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed more than 30,000 people and left thousands homeless in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The city of Rawalakot — the largest city of Sudhan tribe in Pakistan - suffered significant damage from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake; although most of the buildings were left standing, many of them were rendered uninhabitable, and some of the population was left homeless.[page needed]
- Josef Korbel, Danger in Kashmir, New York:United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan Report, 1954, pp.49-54
- The Sudhan Revolt (The News 19 October 1997.) By Sardar M. Saleem Khan.
- http://www.erra.pk/Reports/KMC/RawlakotProfile200907.pdf Earthquake Report on Rawalakot