History of the Niazi tribe

The earliest work which provides the details about origin of Niazis is Makhzani-i-Afghani (1610 AD), written by Naimatullah under the patronage of Khan Jahan Lodi, an Afghan noble of Mughal emperor Jahangir. Makhzan-i-Afghani gives the genealogy of Niazi tribe as follow: “To Lodi, God Almighty gave three sons, Niazi, Siani, and Dotani.Niazi had three sons, … Read more

Gaju Khan Yousafzai

Gaju Khan (ګجو خان) was a powerful Pashtun chieftain who headed the Yousafzai and the vassal tribes in mid-16 century and controlled large swathes of what is now Northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Henry George Raverty states that if there was one Pashtun chief who from the extent of his territory, the number of his troops and … Read more

Currency reforms of Sher Shah Suri

The coins and currency reforms of Sher Shah Suri are one of his most outstanding achievements. The very nomenclature of his coins as ‘Ashrafis’, ‘Rupaiya’ (Rupee) and Paisa and the principle according to which they were cast, remained the basis of the Mughal currency, the British and even today currency of India and Pakistan (as … Read more

The army of Sher Shah Suri

Sher Shah Suri (also Sher Khan) realized the need of a strong army and in his fight against the Mughals he relied mostly on the Afghans whom he invited from different parts of the country and employed them to positions suitable to everybody’s ability. He declared he would kill every Afghan who refused to be … Read more