Nawab Jassi Khan

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Nawab Jassi Khan
نواب جسسی خان
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Portrait of Nawab Jassi Khan

Nawab Jassi Khan is said to be the legendary founding father of the Sudhans.[2] Khan is said to have traveled from Ghazni, Afghanistan to Poonch region some centuries ago and traditionally believed to be the founder Sudhanoti.[3][4][3]


Sudhan tribe links their forefathers Qais Abdur Rashid, a prominent Sahabi and Nawab Jassi Khan was who Pashtun and came from Afghanistan via Dera Ismail Khan and landed in western part of Poonch along with his family members and battalion and fought for their existence, but the local people dominated them. In this period, they multiplied quickly and emerged into a strong and powerful tribe. [5] The Sudhans claim that they are descendants of Nawab Jassi Khan, who was Pashtun. They first settled near Kotli, in the Murree hills. A tribe known as the Bagar held the opposite bank of the Jhelum and tyrannised over the Brahmans, who called in the Sudhans to their aid. The Sudhans having defeated the Bagars, seized their country and named it Sudhanoti, it was at this time that they took the name of Sudhan, which they had earned as a compliment to their valour from the Brahmans.[6]

The palace of Nawab Jassi Khan, on the Jassi Peer mountain in Mang town in Sudhanoti district of Azad Kashmir.
Graveyard plaques of Nawab Jassi Khan on the Jassi Peer in Mang town of Sudhanoti District of Azad Kashmir


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  1. J. M. Wikeley. Punjabi Musalmaans. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. Malik, Iffat (2002), "Jammu Province", Kashmir: Ethnic Conflict International Dispute, Oxford University Press, p. 62, ISBN 978-0-19-579622-3, The Sudhans claim their origin from Afghanistan and they consider themselves to be descendants of a common ancestor Jassi Khan,
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ahmad, Pirzada Irshad (2003). A Hand Book on Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Nawab Sons Publication. ISBN 978-969-530-050-3. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. "Poonch people and the brave Sudhan tribe played a leading role in the AJK liberation movement: Farooq Khan – KashmirWatch". Retrieved 2021-08-14. He was addressing the death anniversary of Nawab Jassi Khan, the forefather of the Sudhan tribe here on Monday
  5. Wikeley, J. M. (1991). Punjabi Musalmans. Manohar. ISBN 978-81-85425-35-1. Search this book on Logo.png
  6. Bloeria, Sudhir S. (2000). Pakistan's Insurgency Vs India's Security: Tackling Militancy in Kashmir. Manas Publications. ISBN 978-81-7049-116-3. Search this book on Logo.png