Wazir (Pashtun tribe)

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The Wazirs or Waziris (Pashto : وزير) are a Karlani Pashtun tribe found mainly in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region of North waziristan, South Waziristan and Bannu[(Ahmadzai Wazir (Domel) and Utmanzai wazir (Baka Khel and Jani Khel)]. The Utmanzai are settled in the North Waziristan Agency and the Ahmadzai are in the South Waziristan Agency and Bannu domel. [1] [2] [3] Those subgroups are in turn divided further, for example into Utmanzai tribes such as the Baka Khel and Jani Khel. [4] The Wazirs speak the Waziristani dialect of Pashto.

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The common ancestor of the Ahmadzai and Utmanzai is believed by them to be the eponymous Wazir, who is also ancestor to the Mehsud tribe that has since taken a distinct and divergent path. Through Wazir, the tribes trace their origins to Karlani and thence to the founder of the Pashtun lineage, Qais Abdur Rashid. [5] Some western ethnologists consider them of being mix of Arachosian or Tatar ethnicity. [1]

Although the Utmanzai and Mehsud tribes have a traditional rivalry and live in geographically distinct regions, [6] the Ahmadzai and Mehsud communities co-exist peacefully and many head men are connected by marriage. [1]

Notable members

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