Utmankhel

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The Utman Khel or Utmankhel (Pashto 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. Muttaki/Mataki/Mutaki (متكى)
  3. Toori Khel
  4. Ali Khel
  5. Utman zai
  6. Ibrahim Kheil
  7. Raja khel
  8. Najeem khel
  9. Mamat khel
  10. Aghdad khel
  11. Ali Zai
  12. Boota Khel
  13. Bazai
  14. Mubarak khel
  15. Ismail Kheil
  16. Umar kheil
  17. Khumar Kheil
  18. Kamal Khel
  19. sarni Kheil
  20. Sarkani khel
  21. Sikandar khel

The Sikandar Khel are living in Bannu, Peshawar, Akora Khattak and Kohat, they are very strict in Women Parda and fomuse for Business. The boota khel and umar khel tribes are living in prang ghar and charsadda area, the boota khel tribe is the most educated tribe in the Utman khel.

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.