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The Darweshkhel (Pashto : دروېش خېل) is a section of the Wazir Pashtun tribe found in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, and Frontier Region Bannu in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan on its border with Afghanistan.

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The tribe comprises two geographically separate subgroups. The Utmanzai are settled in the North Waziristan Agency and the Ahmadzai are in the South Waziristan Agency and Bannu District. [1] [2] [3] Those subgroups are in turn divided further, for example into Utmanzai tribes such as the Bakakhel and Janikhel. [4]

Origin legend

The Darweshkhel are said to descend from Musā, son of Khidrai, son of Wazīr. Musā was a religious man and so was nicknamed Darwesh ("fakir"). Musa is said to have died in the hills near Khwāja Khidar, at the border between present-day South and North Waziristan. [5]

Another son of Khidrai was Masud, who is said to be the progenitor of the Masid tribe, another branch of the Waziri confederacy. [5]

Besides Musa Darwesh and Masud, Khidrai is also said to had a third son Mubarak, who in turn had a son called Gurbuz, the namesake of the third branch (Gurbuz) of the Waziri confederacy. The Gurbuz now live in westernmost North Waziristan and in southern Khost. [5]

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