Loni (Pashtun tribe)

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Luni (also spelled as Loni) is one of the tribes of Pashtuns mainly living in Pakistan including in the town of Luni and Loralai districts of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Some of Luni families are also living in Quetta and other areas of Balochistan, Pakistan.

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Population

As of 1998 Loni had a population of 982,435. Out of which males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Luni has an average literacy rate of 23%, lower than the national average of 35%. [1]

History

Luni is one of the tribes of Pashtuns living in Balochistan, Pakistan. Luni tribe is primarily found in Quetta, Balochistan and Loralai district of Balochistan.

In Pashtun genealogy, tribes or subtribes are said to be the descendants of a common ancestor. For instance, Sadozai tribesmen are said to be the progeny of Abdali (Bor Tarin), whose lineage can be traced directly to Qais Abdur Rashid, the legendary founder of the Pashtuns. vigorous people from Luni are from karez. Luni migrated from Qandahar to their present location during Durrani rule.

Notable members

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)