History of the Tanoli tribe of Hazara

Majority of the Tanolis (or Tanaolis) insist on being of Pashtun origin but their rulers have accounted themselves to be of Barlas Mughal origin. Tanoli or Tanawali is actually an adjective denoting their abode Tanawal. They are divided into two divisions, Pul-Al and Hando-Al, the former occupies Lower Tunawal, and the latter occupy Upper Tunawal … Read more

Arzani Kheshgi

  1814’s Water-colour painting by Seeta Ram of Shrine of Arzani Kheshgi in Patna Mullah Arzani Kheshgi was a Pashtun Sufi poet of Roshniya movement and originally belonged to Kasur (Punjab) where Kheshgi tribe of Pashtuns had settled in the times of Babur. Arzani Khesghi belonged to the Zerzai sub-tribe of Kheshgis. He was a … Read more

History of Pir Roshan (Bayazid Ansari)

The real name of Pir Roshan was Bayazid Ansari. He was born in Pashtun-ruled Jalandhar (East Punjab, India) in 1524-25 AD. His family was living in both Kaniguram (in modern South Waziristan) and Jalandhar. He has been variously described as an Ormur and Ansari. His father Abdullah was a learned man and was a Qazi … Read more

Akhund Darweza

Akhund Darweza was born about the year 956 of the Hijra (1549 AD) in Peshawar. His father was named Gadayii and his grandfather Sadi. He has been referred to as the founder of a new school of Pushto literature. He was the author of many works in Pukhto and Persian. Darmesteter, the French orientalist, puts … Read more