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The Utman Khel or Utmankhel (Urdu: اتمان خیل) are a Pashtun tribe who live in the hills to the north of Peshawar in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Their land lies between the Mohmands and the Ranizais of Swat, to the west and south-west of the junction of the Swat and Panjkora rivers. They claim to be descendants of Baba Utman Shamraiz, who accompanied Mahmud of Ghazni in his expedition into India in 997. The Utman Khel are a tall, stout and fair race, but their dress and general customs have been assimilated by the neighbouring peoples of Bajour. Their land is very hilly and difficult, but has well cultivated in terraces.

The British conducted military campaigns against them in 1852, 1878, and 1898.[1] They numbered some 40,000, and their fighting strength was about 8000 men.

There are some subtribes of uthman khel, they are as under.

  1. Mandal (elder son of Utman)
  2. Muttaki/Mataki/Mutaki (متكى)
  3. Toori Khel
  4. Ali Khel
  5. Utman zai
  6. Ibrahim Kheil
  7. Raja khel
  8. Najeem khel
  9. Mamat khel
  10. Aghdad khel
  11. Ali Zai
  12. Boota Khel
  13. Bazai
  14. Ismail Kheil
  15. Umar kheil
  16. Khumar Kheil
  17. Kamal Khel
  18. sarni Kheil
  19. Sarkani khel
  20. Sikandar khel

References[change | change source]

  1. Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Utman Khel". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 822–823.