Babai (Pashtun tribe)

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The Babai (Pashto: بابئی or بابئے), also known as Babi (Pashto: بابی ), is a Gharghashti Pashtun tribe.

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Babai is the son of Ghorghasht (Ismail), who is also called as Gharghashti. [1] Babai had two more brothers: Dani and Mando.

Babai was the third son of Ghurghust. He had four sons by the names of Jabrael, Mikael, Israfiel, and Izrael. They were named after the four principle angels. However, these names were later changed to Mirzai, Sud, Israel and Katozai, respectively. Historians points out a large and important tribe in Persia (Iran) called Babi which may be related to Afghan Babis.

This tribe mostly lives in Quetta, Pakistan and Zabol Province, Afghanistan.< [1] The tribe speaks the most archaic and soft dialect of the Pashto language, referred to as Kandahari Pashto dialect or the Southern Dialect. [2]

The babi tribe of Junagadh State, India who formed Babi Dynasty [3] also belong to the same Babai tribe and can trace back their roots to Quetta. Apart from this, many babi tribesmen live in India but they do not speak Pashto as their mother tongue. This is unlike the Babais of Pakistan or Afghanistan

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