Utmankhel

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The Utman Khel or Utmankhel (Urdu: اتمان خیل‎) are a Pashtun tribe who occupy the hills to the north of Peshawar in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Their land lies between the Mohmands and the Ranizais of Swat, to the west and south-west of the junction of the Swat and Panjkora rivers. They claim to be descendants of Baba Utman Shamraiz, who accompanied Mahmud of Ghazni in his expedition into India in 997. The Utman Khel are a tall, stout and fair race, but their dress and general customs have been assimilated by the neighbouring peoples of Bajour. Their land is very hilly and difficult, but well cultivated in terraces.

It is believed that they defeated Sikandar Azam and compelled him on agreement with them. The British conducted military campaigns against them in 1852, 1878 and 1898.[1]

There are some subtribes of uthman khel, they are as under.

  1. Mandal (elder son of Utman)
  2. Toori Khel
  3. Ali Khel
  4. Utman zai
  5. Ibrahim Kheil
  6. Raja khel
  7. Najeem khel
  8. Mamat khel
  9. Aghdad khel
  10. Ali Zai
  11. Boota Kheil
  12. Bazai
  13. Ismail Kheil
  14. Umar kheil
  15. Khumar Kheil
  16. Kamal Kheil
  17. sarni Kheil
  18. Sarkani khel
  19. Mataki (متكى)

The Ibrahim khel, Utman zai, Toori Khel, Ali Khel residue in Matako (located on the east north edge of bajaur agency adjusting to Dir lower), while the sarkani khel, sarni khel and umar khel are living in Arang, Kulala and Bandagai. A large number of peoples from Utman khel tribe also reside in Dir lower. The subtribe Mataki(متكى) which travelled from Kimur Ghar Qilla(Castle) to Matako now riside in Ananguro khwar, Khohairy and adjacent areas.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Utman Khel". Encyclopædia Britannica 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 822–823.