Talk:Salt Range

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Removed this quote:[edit]

I removed this quote from the history section as it was both irrelevant to the history and is a bit dubious considering the person who quoted this is a recent political scientist rather than some historical observer or "primary source";

"Christophe Jaffrelot states: The Awan deserve close attention, because of their historical importance and, above all, because they settled in the west, right up to the edge of Baluchi and Pashtun territory. Legend has it that their origins go back to Imam Ali and his second wife, Hanafiya. Historians describe them as valiant warriors who imposed their supremacy on the Janjua and other Rajput tribes in part of the Salt Range, and established large colonies all along the Indus to Sind, and a densely populated centre not far from Lahore."

This source sounds more a matter of opinion than an absolute fact. And I challenge the statement that Awans ever imposed their supremacy upon the Janjua and other rajput tribes. Janjuas are the political social elite of Choa Saidan Shah and Pind Dadan Khan tehsils of districts Chakwal and Jhelum. Other dominant rajput tribes such as Mair Minhas and Jodhras are predominant in the Chakwal and Pindi-Gheb tehsils, and much has been written about them in historical sources, so it is a bit fallacious and pompous to declare that Awans imposed some sort of supremacy upon these tribes. In fact the reverse might be true as Denzil Ibbettson's book mentions Awans as occupying a subordinate position below the Janjuas and the Gakkhars in Jhelum(previously chakwal was also included in Jhelum district). Land owning Janjua villages are still found in the Awan dominated parts of the salt range such as Talagang, where Kot Sarang is a village of land owning Janjua rajputs, hence there is hardly any supremacy of the awan tribe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:47, 13 October 2014 (UTC)