Thursday, 31 March 2011

.histri of khokhar

The Khokhar (Hindi: खोखर, Urdu: کھوکھر) or Khokar (Hindi: खोकर, Urdu: کھوکر) are a people of Pakistan and India. According to H.A. Rose[1] they are the gotra of Rajput,[2][3] Jat/Jaat, Arain, Nai, and Churah. According to Sir Denzil Ibbetson[4][5] they are also a gotra of the Tarkhan and Khatri tribes. In terms of religion, they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christians (possibly some other faiths). Many Muslim Khokhars, commonly known as Qutb Shahi Khokhars, also claim ancestry from Qutb Shah,[6] who is said to have come from Ghazni with Mahmud of Ghazni.[7] In Pakistan they are predominantly Muslim with a Christian minority and are one of the largest Rajput clans in Punjab,[2][8] they are also commonly found in Azad Kashmir and the Hazara Division of the North-West Frontier Province. In India, where they are predominantly Hindu or Sikh, they are mainly found in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The Khokhars were designated as an agricultural tribe.[9]
Before the partition of India, many Sikh and Hindu Khokhars[10] lived in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan of West Punjab. Likewise (before Partition), many Muslim Khokhars lived in Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Jalandhar districts of East Punjab. Most of these emigrated to West Punjab, now called Pakistani Punjab, after independence in 1947. In central and northern Punjab, they were and are still found in Lahore, Jhang, Chiniot Gujranwala, Jhelum, Kasur, Sialkot, Multan, Khushab, and Gujrat. Hindu and Sikh Khokhars can be found in many regions of Indian Punjab (Batala, Chandigarh, Gurdaspur, Ropar, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib), Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat, many Hindu and Sikh Khokhars moved from Pakistan to India after the partition of British India. In addition, Muslim and Hindu Khokhars are also found in western region of Uttar Pradesh.

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