KPK History / Pakistan


Who’s Who’ was a confidential report published by the Political & Secret Department, Government of British India in 1933. The particular report covered the leading personalities of that era and provided basic information about them. The author has made an endeavour to provide details about those personalities who belonged to Dir State and whose names has been mentioned in that report. The details of those personalities is given below in alphabetical order (Part 3).

14. Fazal Mahmud: Fazal Mahmud is usually known as Mullah Makhfi. Originally of Parang in the Charsadda Tehsil. He resides at Dhand in Salarzai country. Some years ago he established anti Government schools in Khal, Dir and elsewhere. He is believed to be a Bolshevik agent. In 1931 he negotiated for a time for permission to return to British India but subsequently appears to have abandoned the idea.

15. Ghulam Habib Khan: Ghulam Habib is joint Khan with his brother, Umra Khan of Dukrai, in Maidan. He belongs to the Bahadar Shah Khel family. He is a feudatory of Dir, and some years ago incurred the Nawab’s displeasure for making trouble, about admitting a garrison to his fort. He was turned out of Dukrai Fort by the Nawab who destroyed the stronghold entirely. He was subsequently received back into favour by the Nawab, but is at present again out of favour.

16. Ghulam Hazrat: Ghulam Hazrat is usually known as Kashkar Khan. He lives at Maidan Bandai and is one of the leading Maidan Khans. He is in the opposite faction to Haji Khan.

17. Gul Khan: Gul Khan is a Subadar and maternal uncle of the Nawab of Dir and at present Tehsildar at Lal Qala (Maidan).

18. Haji Khan: Haji Khan is of Bandai Maidan. He is one of the leading Maidan Khans. He is father in law of Alamzeb Khan. He for several years lived as an exile in Dehri Jholagram. He hass recently been pardoned and allowed to return to his village on payment of large sum to the Nawab.

19. Hayatullah Khan: Hayatullah Khan is the maternal great uncle of the Nawab and Khan of Dodba. He is a Kursi Nashin and is in charge of Tor Fort in Jandul.

20. Hazrat Sayid: Hazrat Sayid is from Khal. He is the leading man amongst the Sultan KheI Akhundzadas and possesses considerable power and influence. He is a member of the present Nawab of Dir’s Council and has betrothed his daughter to his son. He has for some years been ‘Hakim of Barwa (Jandul). He is the only one of the “elder statement” of Dir whom the Nawab still trusts.


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