Census of Wazir and Mahsud tribes in 18th century

Screenshot from “A concise history of Afghanistan” by Wahid Hamid Alikuzai, p-291 Its a local myth that Ahmad Shah Abdali conducted census of Wazir and Mahsud tribes. They were not part of his empire so number of their fighting men did not need to be estimated. Syed Ghulam Muhammad surveyed Waziristan during the reign of … Read more

Ormur tribe

The Ormur (Aor-marr اورمړ ) or War-mur, also known as Baraki, is an ancient tribe of Afghans. The name Ormuṛ literally means “fire extinguished” in Pashto. ‘According to the genealogies, the Urmar Afghans are descended from Amar-ud-Din or Amar Din, son of Sharkabun, and are near kinsmen of the Duranis. Raverty cites the Afghan tradition … Read more

Mullah Powindah

Sketch of Mullah Powindah.   Mullah Powindah’s real name was Mohiuddin and he belonged to the Shabi Khel section of the Mahsuds. He was a disciple Maulana Hamzullah Khan. He played an important role in the tribal area against the British. He was a contemporary of Haji Sahib of Turangzai who had resisted the British … Read more

Musa Darwesh

Musa Darwesh is ancestor of Darwesh Khel Wazirs. He had two sons Ahmad and Utman (progenitors of Ahmadzai and Utmanzai respectively). In 1911 Sir Denzil Ibbetson reports, “The Ahmadzai Wazirs and others on their way to Birmal leave their superfluous property in the precincts of this shrine and on their return in autumn find it … Read more

Pashtun tribesmen of Kashmir War of 1948

Pashtun tribesmen of Kashmir War of 1948: On October 22, 1947, Pashtun tribesmen entered Kashmir from Pakistan, in response to the mass killing of Muslims in Jammu and in support of insurgents of Poonch, with logistical support from the Government of Pakistan. On October 24, the insurgents in Poonch formally declared independence as the state … Read more