List of families of Lahore

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The country of Pakistan, has had many notable families in its history, who have contributed significantly to politics, society, the creative arts, sports and other fields. Notable individuals are listed elsewhere.


  • The Fakir Khana Family, who own and run the famous Fakir Khana Museum in the Old City.
  • The Hakim Khana Family which has produced Hakim Ahmad Shuja, the writer and poet who chronicled the life of the Bhati Gate area of Old Lahore, and his son Anwar Kamal Pasha, the noted early film director of Pakistan who married the actress Shamim Bano. American feminist Islamic scholar Dr Riffat Hassan, Pakistani jurist and legal expert Syed Afzal Haider, Pakistan Television Corporation's former director-producer Yawar Hayat Khan and renowned Pakistani poet and scholar Omer Tarin are also related from their maternal side to this family.
  • The Dar family of Sardar Muhammad Alam Khan Dar.This family has been playing important role in politics of Lahore.A brave son of this family participated against the martial law during musharaf rule and he was jailed many time due to this struggle.Nasir Hussain Dar and Kiran Dar are also belonging to this family and they are serving the people by politics
  • The Family of Hakeem Syed Buzurg Shah (after whom Mohalla Buzurg Shah and Kucha Buzurg Shah are named around Moti Bazar), his son, Barrister, and later Justice, Syed Abbas Ali Shah (Downing College, Cambridge University 1908) who were neighbours of Hakim Ahmad Shuja. Justice Abbas Ali served in Elected Bodies Disqualification Order of 1959 (EBDO) and PRODA[clarification needed] during the Ayub Khan regime. These laws and Public Offices (Disqualification) Order (PODO) patterned after the defunct—and often misused—PRODA law provided for public office holders found guilty by a two-person tribunal to be disqualified from holding public office for up to fifteen years.
  • The family of Hakeem Syed Alim Shah after whom is the Imambara Hakeem Alim Shah inside Mochi Darwaza. He was survived by a daughter who was married to Justice Abbas Ali Shah, see above.They were Hakeems to the Ruling Sikh Household of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
  • The Muslim Town Syed Family or family of Khan Sahib Dr Syed Muhammad Hussain founder of Muslim Town, Syed Muhammad Hussain TB Sanatorium at Samli, Murree many mosques and two graveyards; tha family graveyard at Shah Jamal and the Muslim Town graveyard near Canal Bank New Muslim Town. He was Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal's friend and neighbor in the walled city and then founded and moved to Muslim Town. His son Syed Altaf Hussain was a known figure of Khanpur ( district Rahimyarkhan) His grandson Syed Asad Husain was a great philanthropist and a leading rice exporter. He built Syed Altaf Hussin Eye Hospital Khanpur to commemorate his father's memory and built many mosques, schools, he helped to educate innumerable students and founded Taraqee e Taalim college Khanpur. Dr Muhammad Hussain's younger son Colonel B H Sayed was a known personality of Lahore. While Dr Hussain's father Khan Bahadur Syed Alim Shah, CIE of Gurdaspur was founding member of the Anjuman e Himayat e Islam when Sir Syed Ahmad Khan raised the call.
  • The family of Maulana Syed Mohsin Ali Shah Sabzwari, Mujtahid Najafi, Qummi, of Mochi Darwaza, who is buried inside Karbala Gamay Shah; and his son Maulana Syed Altaf Ali Shah who were prominent Shia scholars.
  • The Family of Pir Syed Sadiq Ali Shah of Sanda Kalan. The Pir's sons, Col. Syed Fida Hussain Naqvi and Col. Syed Azhar Hussain Naqvi. His home is now called Imambargah Hussainia Sadiqia but popularly known as Masjid ve Imambargah Col. Fida Hussain Shah.
  • The family of Masih ul Mulk Hakim Ajmal Khan renowned physician, healer, philanthropist and an advocate of social harmony. He belonged to Khandan e Sharifi who were Physicians at the Mughal Court.
  • The Syed Maratib Ali Family,[1] of businessmen, diplomats and philanthropists, including Syed Amjad Ali, Syed Babar Ali, Syed Wajid Ali and others. Founders, among other things, of the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
  • The Ansari family, of Wazir Khan[2] the Mughal minister who made the famous Wazir Khan Mosque.
  • The famous Nawab Arain Mian Family Baghbanpura, Lahore, traditional custodians of the famed Shalimar Gardens, which produced many important figures from Mughal to British times.
  • The Chughtai Mughal family of exquisite craftsmen, who have long lived in the Old/Walled City of Lahore and gave the world a painter and artist of the calibre of Abdur Rahman Chughtai.
  • The Qizilbash family, of Nawab Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash, Nawab Muzaffar Ali Khan Qizilbash and others, including Shahtaj Qizilbash in more recent times.
  • The "Sheikh family" of one of the great philanthropists and a saint of the pre-partition times, Maulvi Sultan Muhammad (alias Notan Wala Baba) and his nephew- a well-known publisher (late)Sheikh Muhammad Bashir (Sheikh Muhammad Bashir and Sons Urdu Bazar Lahore).
  • The very notable Shaikh/Qadir family, of Sir Abdul Qadir and his son, Justice Manzur Qadir.
  • The Mian (Barood Khana) family,.[3] The old landed Kashmiri family owners of the Haveli Barood Khana. The family of Mian Karim Buksh (Raees-e-Azam Lahore) who Karim Park in the old city is named after were one of the largest landlords in the city. Notable family members include former Lord Mayor of Lahore Mian Amiruddin and founding member of the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, his brother Mian Aminuddin has served as governor of Governor of Punjab, Pakistan and Baluchistan, Khawaja Tariq Rahim (PPP) notable Governor of Punjab, Pakistan also hails from the Mian family, including Qasim Zia ex-Olympian and politician and most prominently Lahore's very popular socialite and cultural figure, Mian Yousuf Salahuddin who is also the grandson of Muhammad Iqbal.
  • The Majithia Sardars, the family of the valiant Sikh Khalsa Army general Sardar Lehna Singh, whose son Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia was later a big banker/financier of Lahore and a social reformer, establishing and donating generously to such projects as the Dayal Singh College, Lahore and the Dyal Singh Memorial Public Library, and who was a disciple of Raja Rammohun Roy and follower of the Brahmo Samaj.
  • The Mangtanwala/Doulat Ram Family, which produced the famous engineer and philanthropist, Sir Ganga Ram—designer of the General Post Office, Lahore, the present Lahore Museum,[4] Aitchison College, the present National College of Arts and others; and he also established the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, as a charitable cause.
  • Famous Kashmiri families of three Khwajgaan, Khan Bahadur Khwaja Rahim Bakhsh, Khwaja Karim Bakhsh and Khwaja Amir Bakhsh. They resided in their famous house, Lily Lodge in Bhatti Gate. Renowned Lawyer Khwaja Ferozuddin Ahmad, Bar-at-Law, his sons legendary Composer Khawaja Khurshid Anwar, legendary English journalist and Chief Editor of The Pakistan Times Khwaja M.Asif, legendary lawyer Khwaja Sultan Ahmad and Khwaja M.Afzal, lawyer Khwaja Haris Ahmed, English Poet Khwaja Waqas Ahmad.
  • The Sialkoti Kashmiri family of Pakistan's national poet, Allama Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal, and his son former Justice Javid Iqbal.
  • The Faiz-Hashmi family, to which belong such celebrities as poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Alys Faiz, Salima Hashmi, Shoaib Hashmi and Adeel Hashmi.
  • The Zoroastrian Bhandara Family, originally from village Bhandara in Maharashtra, India, and owners of the Murree Brewery, Pakistan, including the late Peshton Bhandara, Minocher Bhandara, Isphanyar Bhandara and the renowned Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa (née Bhandara).
  • The Najmuddin family of prominent Pakistani Christian educationalists, who run the famous Joan McDonald School in Lahore and Islamabad, and a lady from which family was one of the early principals/administrators of the Kinnaird College. Former Pakistani Inspector-general of Police Dr Dilshad Najmuddin also belongs to this family.
  • The Kapur Family, including Indian filmmaker J.K. Kapur and Shekhar Kapur, acclaimed Indian film director and producer.
  • The Saigol Family of businessmen and industrialists, owners of the Saigol Group.
  • The Sharif family of businessmen-politicians and three times and current Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif, who own and run the Sharif Group and Ittefaq Group and his younger brother is current Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
  • The Kardar Arain family which produced the actor and director Abdur Rashid Kardar and the cricketer Abdul Hafeez Kardar.
  • The Mian Saeed Arain family which also produced notable cricketers Muhammad Saeed and Yawar Saeed, also related to cricketer Fazal Mahmood.
  • The Masood family of Homoeopathic doctors, including Dr. Muhammad Masood Qureshi (founder of Dr. Masood Pharmaceuticals, Pakistan Homoeopathic Medical College, etc.) and Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Masood from the Pakistan Movement. The latter also served as General Secretary of the Muslim Students Federation in the build-up to the creation of Pakistan.
  • Members of the famed musical Patiala gharana, some of whom such as Ustads Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amanat Ali Khan, Asad Amanat Ali Khan, Fateh Ali Khan, Hamid Ali Khan and others, have long graced this city with their classical virtuosity.
  • The Butt Kashmiri family of Pehlwans, famed for their Pehlwani wrestling skills, which includes The Great Gama, Zubair alias Jhara and others; originally from Amritsar, Punjab, British India.
  • The Kashmiri Muslim Manto family, migrants from Ludhiana, of the writer Saadat Hasan Manto, and also his niece the historian Ayesha Jalal.
  • The Cornelius family, Christian settlers originally from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, British India, the most famous member of which was Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius.
  • The Nevile family, once residents of Lahore who migrated to India, and one of whom is the well-known Indian author, scholar and expert on Lahore's pre-1947 history, Pran Nevile, whose book 'Lahore – A Sentimental Journey' (1992) is a sympathetic and loving memoir to his ancestral home.
  • The family of Mian Hakim Din, after whom the street "Gali Hakim Din" in the historic Walled City of Lahore is named, is the family whose ancestral haveli is located in the Mori Darwaza area. Mian Hakim Din was given the honourable title of "Khitab of Khan" by the British. His sons Mian Naseeruddin and Mian Najmuddin both went into government service, the former retired as a senior police officer and latter as the surveyor general of Pakistan. Mian Naseeruddin - whose wife hailed from the famous tent and canvas manufacturers of India known as the Roldoo and Nizamdins - was related by marriage to Mian Mubarik Din, former Mayor of Lahore. The family of Mian Naseeruddin - whose son General Mian Ijaz Ahmad was a former Commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy- are the owners of the now fallen Mori Darwaza Haveli which is in the current custodianship of his grandson General (Retd.) Mian Nadeem Ijaz Ahmad, who has received the Sitar-e-Imtiaz (civil) and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military) by the Government of Pakistan.
  • The Syed Kazim family, which includes well-known lawyer Syed Raza Kazim and Juggan Kazim, actress.
  • The 'Sheikh' family of Kucha Chabaksawaran Mochi Gate, produced Editor of 'The Civil and Military Gazette' and 'The Pakistan Times' Hamid Sheikh and his son daily 'Dawn' columnist Majid Sheikh.
  • The Mian Family in Salamat Pura . Mian M Nafees Bashir, grand son of Mian Ghulam Muhammad noted in Medical and Banking industries along with Business.
  • The Mir Kashmiri family of popular columnist and journalist 'Zeno' (Safdar Mir) and actor Asif Raza Mir.
  • The Roman Catholic Chaudhrys who came from the Salt Range area of the Punjab and settled in Lahore, where Elmer Chaudhry remained the chief photographer of The Times, and his son Cecil Chaudhry was an officer of the Pakistan Air Force, and later a distinguished educational administrator.
  • The Taseer family of former governor of the Punjab, Salman Taseer.
  • The Mufti family headed by Azhaz ud din Mufti, which was prominent in business and has a street named after them.
  • The"Razvi, Syed" inside Sheranwala gate of Old City. The family head was Khanbahadur Syed Saeed Ahmed Rizvi. He was renowned British police officer of Lahore and famous for arresting" Oudham Singh" and recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Victoria and retired with rank of Deputy Inspector General Punjab Police.
  • The "Shamsi,Syed" of Shahpur . The head of family was Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi who served as Tehsildar in revenue board and also from the founding member who framed revenue laws in Punjab.
  • *The FaqirFamily from Jhang originally. Is the family coming down the line of the shrine of Shah Saddiq Nihang. This family had been recognized by the British Empire and was awarded the title of Khan Bahadur.
    • "Shehzada families" belongs to King of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Abdali
1 family living in haveli of Shezhada sultan Muhammad Jamal inside khizri street sharana wala gate Lahore since 1875 .Shehzada Sultan Ali Durani was a renown poet and religious scholar of his time.another person of this family Ghulam Hussain was a teacher of Allama Ala ud din Qaiser Ali Agha is writer . 1 family was living in historical bangla ayub shah inside kashmiri gate Lahore (Reference:Ahmad Shah Abdali by Qaiser Ali Agha Ilmo irfan publishers urdu bazaar Lahore

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Also related to the Fakir Khana and Hakim Khana families, above
  2. ^ Also related to the Hakim Khana and Fakir Khana families, above, present in Lahore since at least the 11th-12th centuries AD
  3. ^ See relations also with the Sialkoti-Kashmiri family of Allama Iqbal, above
  4. ^ Completed 1894. Rudyard Kiplings father John Lockwood Kipling was curator at an earlier building, immortalized in Kim (1901); see Murray's Handbook of the Punjab 1883

Further reading[edit]

  • Griffin and Massey, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab, revided edition 1910-11.
  • WG Osborne, The Court and Camp of Runjeet Singh, London, 1846.
  • Lady Emily Eden, Up the Country, new edition, London, 1983.
  • Hakim Ahmad Shuja, Lahore ka Chelsea (Urdu), Lahore, 1969.
  • Ian Talbot, Divided Cities: Lahore and Amritsar:1947-1957, Karachi, 2005 edition.
  • FS Aijazuddin, Lahore: Illustrated Views of the 19th Century, Lahore, n.d.
  • WJ Glover, Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City, Karachi, 2011.
  • B. Gascoine, The Great Mughals, London, 1971.
  • M. Athar Tahir, Punjab Portraits, Lahore, 1992.

(Reference:Ahmad Shah Abdali by Qaiser Ali Agha Ilmo irfan publishers urdu bazaar Lahore