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The Kheshgi, Khaishgi, Kheshagi, Khweshgi, or Kheshki is a prominent Sarbani Pashtun tribe and Imperial dynasty in South Asia. [1] [2] [3]


Muslim Imperial Dynasty
Qusuri or 'Kusuri, an Afghan of Kasur - Tashrih al-aqvam (1825), f.451v - BL Add. 27255.jpg
Current region South Asia (mainly Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan)
EtymologyKheshgi is derived from their ancestors' name, Kheshig, which in Mongolian means: "favored", "blessed", "glorified"
Place of origin Keshik, Kerman Province , Mongol Empire
FoundedEarly 1400s
Titles Nawab of Kasur (1525) Nawab of Mamdot (1848)
Family of Vice-Chancellors (1956)
President of India (1967)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (1984)
Connected families Muhammadzai family
Afridi family
Musharraf family [4]
Traditions Islam
Estate(s) Khurja
Lands in Charsadda
Princely State of Mamdot


The Kheshgi Tribe is divided into the following sub-tribes: [5] [6]


Even in the 19th-century during the British administration of India, Kheshgi tribesmen were found in Kasur District scattered about the region and they call Kasuri Pathan. A more recent article also states that over the past few hundred years they have dispersed throughout South Asia, including the following places: [7]

Culture and Society

Several British accounts state that the Kheshgi residing in Kasur hold pigeons in high esteem, for according to some Muslims they are a "Sayyid among birds", and killing them is hence forbidden. [9] [10]

Notable Kheshgis

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  3. Rashid, Haroon (2002). History of the Pathans: The Sarabani Pathans. Haroon Rashid.
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  5. Rashid, Haroon (2002). History of the Pathans: The Sarabani Pathans. Haroon Rashid.
  6. Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province: Based on the Census Report of the Punjab, 1883, by the Late Sir Denzil Ibbetson, and the Census Report for the Punjab, 1892, by Sir Edward Maclagan. Amar Prakashan. 1980.
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