Ghilzai


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Ghilzai

 

one of the largest groups of Afghan tribes. It includes over 1,500,000 people (1967, estimate). The Ghilzai inhabit the Ghazni Highlands and the western slope of the Sulaiman Range in southern Afghanistan. Some of the Ghilzai are still nomadic cattle-raisers, and they have retained vestiges of patriarchal social relationships. The Ghilzai took an active part in the struggle against the English aggressors during the Anglo-Afghan Wars of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Natiq Hayat Ghilzai said on Tuesday that October 8, was observed as national disaster day every year and Rescue 1122 was busy in finalizing a plan to spend the day in creating awareness among the people on how to act in disaster situation.
Najibullah was born in 1947 in the Ahmadzai sub-tribe of Ghilzai.
Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Mohammad Hashim Ghilzai was also present on the occasion.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the main road near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday's twin suicide attacks, alongside more than 60 coffins carrying the victims' shrouded bodies, senior administration official Hashim Ghilzai said.
Even more than that, he took the Hazarahs' pastures and flocks and divided them among the Durrani and Ghilzai tribal confederations.
a common saying among Ghilzai Pashtuns is that khans "feed the people.
Barfield applies Ibn Khaldun's model of political organization to Afghanistan's marginal groups, the most important being the Ghilzai tribes to the east and south of Kabul, and the Tajik Kohistanis of the plains and mountains north of Kabul.
The ISI felt the maximum heat from him in his native region of eastern Afghanistan, given the complexity of the situation there involving factors such as the traditional failure of the Taliban to strike deep roots among the Ghilzai tribes, the presence of the network of Jalaluddin Haqqani and al-Qaeda and the continuing influence of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Hezb-e Islami," says Bhadrakumar.
According to anthropologist Jon Anderson (1982) who observed various situations in which the veil is used among Ghilzai Pashtuns, the veil is less a means to separate men and women than, on the contrary, a device that brings them together by regulating the terms by which they are socially present.
When the British garrison retreated from Kabul in 1842, it was picked off by Ghilzai warriors as they trudged through the snow.
A significant number of Ghilzai tribes from Jalalabad, Laghman and Qandahar settled in Hazarajat and the vacated lands were distributed among the settler community that served as the backbone of the central government.
The largest of these is the Pashtuns in the southern region of the country, who are subdivided into two large groups - the Durrani and Ghilzai Pashtuns.