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Baloch of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Regions with significant populations
Dera Ismail Khan · Peshawar
Languages
Saraiki or Balochi · Urdu
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Baloch diaspora

The Baloch of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are the ethnic Baloch people residing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

History[change | change source]

According to French historian Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, northern Balochistan was linked to Central Asia by several antique trade routes, one of which was the Gomal Pass between Afghanistan and Dera Ismail Khan.[1]

The Dera Ismail Khan District of southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is home to a small, native Baloch population.[2]

In his book Searchlights on Balochis and Balochistan, Khuda Bakhsh Marri notes that the Baloch "settled in large numbers" throughout Dera Ismail Khan and several adjacent districts of Punjab.[3] During the British Raj in 1883, the Baloch population in Dera Ismail Khan district was estimated at 300,000 people.[3] The mass migration is explained due to the fact that, beginning from the 15th century, this region came under the rule of a Baloch dynasty belonging to the Dodai clan for over two centuries.[3] Its founder, Malik Sohrab, was a Baloch mercenary from Makran who bore allegiance to the ruler of Multan at the time, Shah Husayn of the Langah dynasty.[4] Husayn, as a matter of policy, was keen to settle allied Baloch tribes in his territories in order to consolidate his military power and domain.[4] Thus, he assigned this region straddling the Indus River to Sohrab, inviting him to settle

There are also many students from Balochistan who pursue their education at universities in Peshawar.[5]

as a matter of policy SHah Husayn settled Baloch mercenaries in Derajat.[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Chouvy, Pierre-Arnaud (30 September 2009). Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy. I.B.Tauris. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-85773-089-3.
  2. Kaye, Alan S. (30 June 1997). Phonologies of Asia and Africa: (including the Caucasus). Eisenbrauns. p. 761. ISBN 978-1-57506-019-4. The main Balochi-speaking area is a huge one, however, extending as it does from Marw in Turkmenistan southwards in pockets through Iranian Khorasan, and then throughout the province of Balucestan-va-Sistan in Iran to the Gulf of Oman; in Afghanistan Balochi-speaking areas extend from Sistan in the west along the Hilmand Basin eastwards to Sorawak at the Pakistan frontier; in Pakistan throughout the province of Baluchistan, including a salient to the north-east as far as Dera Ismail Khan in the North-West Frontier Province; large numbers of Balochi speakers also live in Karachi and in other large cities in Sind...
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marri, Mir Khuda Bakhsh (1 January 1997). Searchlights on Baloches and Balochistan. Ferozsons. ISBN 978-969-0-01373-6. The extent of the Baloch population in Dera Ismail Khan region of N.W.F.P can be assumed on the basis of their very large settlements and a steady 200 year rule of the Dodai Baloches there. Thus in 1883 the population in the British territory totalled about 299,962 persons; and the Native states accounted for 55,276.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rafiq, A.Q.; Baloch, N.A. THE REGIONS OF SIND, BALUCHISTAN, MULTAN AND KASHMIR: THE HISTORICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SETTING (PDF). UNESCO. ISBN 978-92-3-103467-1.
  5. "Baloch students in Peshawar protest Quetta carnage". The News International. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

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