Panni (Pashtun tribe)

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The term "Balailzai (Panni)" refers to a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Another name for the tribe of Panni is Balailzai. Like other Pashtuns, they have Eastern Iranian genetic and ethnolinguistic heritage, and also carry genetic traces of European and other Middle Eastern people. They descended from Gharghasht, one of Qais Abdur Rashīd's sons. Most are settled in parts of Pakistan or Afghanistan, such as Karachi, Quetta, Musakhail, Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan, Peshawar, Panian, Haripur, Kabul, Tank, Kohat, while there are some communities in the United States, United Kingdom, and other Western countries. They were, at one point in time, were holding main posts in the Government especially during the rule of Bahlol Lodhi. After his reign ended, they scattered and migrated to various parts of the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.


Panni Naghar, Devi and Babai were real brothers. All tribes are present in Baluchistan(Pakistan) and Afghanistan. The Balailzai tribe were camel and horse breeders entered in India with Bahlol Lodi's army and remained in glory as long as Lodi ruled . That's why the population of Lodi, Naghar and Balailzai is less as compared to other Pashtun tribes in Baluchistan and Afghanistan. When Lodi was defeated by Mughals, the Balailzai started selling horses/camels. Later on they settled in different places of India, like Karachi, Quetta, Musakhail, Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan, Peshawar, Panian, Kabul, Tank, Kohat, Khanozai, Ziarat Rode Malazai, Gulistan, Ajram, Kandahar, Harnai,kohlu, Sibi, Sindh and Panjab Gurani in District Rothak, Rajestan and Hyderabad. Their mother tongue is Pashtu. Balailzai are living in village name Kohi near Musakhail bazaar, in Wazirstan, Pakistan while Afghanistan majority of migratory Afghan tribes are known as Kochi. The chief of Panni Pashtuns are Barozai living in Sibi and Musakhail.


Those who belong to or hail from the Panni tribe are settled in Panian, Karachi, Quetta, Musakhail,Mandokhail Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan, Peshawar, Kabul, Tank, Kohat. Panni's are also known as Pannai, Pani, Balailzai and Panezai. The Panezai is the biggest clan among Snatia, who live in Khanozai, Ziarat Rode Malazai, Gulistan[disambiguation needed], Ajram, Kandahar, Harnai and Quetta. The Tareen historically are the second largest tribe in Baluchistan.


Pashtun tribes, are divided into four supertribal confederacies: the Arbanee (Sarabani), Betanee (Baitani), Ghrghashta, and Karlanee (Krai, Kerlani). Balailzai come under the Gharghasht tribe.Now a day Barozai Tribe is calling himself as chief of panni , they actually based from sangan village and displaced and migrated to Sibi.