Wazir (Pashtun tribe)

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The Wazirs or Waziris (Pashto: وزير‎) are a Karlani Pashtun tribe found mainly in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region of North and South Waziristan. The Utmanzai are settled in the North Waziristan Agency and the Ahmadzai are in the South Waziristan Agency.[1][2][3] Those subgroups are in turn divided further, for example into Utmanzai tribes such as the Bakka Khel and Jani Khel.[4]

The common ancestor of the Ahmadzai and Utmanzai is believed by them to be the eponymous Wazir, who is also ancestor to the Mehsud tribe that has since taken a distinct and divergent path. Through Wazir, the tribes trace their origins to Karlani and thence to the founder of the Pashtun lineage, Qais Abdur Rashid.[5] Some western ethnologists consider them of being mix of Arachosian or Tatar ethnicity.[1]

Although the Utmanzai and Mehsud tribes have a traditional rivalry and live in geographically distinct regions,[6] the Ahamdzai and Mehsud communities co-exist peacefully and many head men are connected by marriage.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Tribe: Ahmadzai Wazir" (PDF). Naval Postgraduate School.
  2. ^ Hasnat, Syed Farooq (2011). Pakistan. ABC-CLIO. p. 164. ISBN 9780313346972.
  3. ^ Gul, Imtiaz (2010). The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier. Penguin UK. p. 44. ISBN 9780141962986.
  4. ^ Scott, Ian (1999). Judd, Denis, ed. A British Tale of Indian and Foreign Service: The Memoirs of Sir Ian Scott. The Radcliffe Press. p. 71. ISBN 9781860643804.
  5. ^ Ahmed, Akbar (2013). The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780815723790.
  6. ^ "Tribe: Utmanzai Wazir aka Utmanzai" (PDF). Naval Postgraduate School.

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