Thursday, 19 February 2015

Prangi tribe

The Prangi (پړنګي)  division of Lodis are descendants of Prangaey, son of Siarnaey, son of Lodi, son of Bibi Mato. Bahlul Lodi, the founder of Lodi dynasty of India, belonged to this tribe. Bahlol Lodi was eighth in lineal descent from Prangaey and belonged to the Shahu Khel clan of  Lodis. Initially were initially located in western Pakhtunkhwa. Later they settled east of the of Suleiman mountains, in the Daman country. According to Hayat-i-Afghani :-
"The Prangi clan, descended from eldest son of Siyani, was formerly located in Western Afghanistan (i.e Western Pakhtunkhwa), whence removing, it settled east of Koh-i-Suleiman, in the Daman country, at Tak and Rori. Here they long remained, until in the time of Babur they were forcibly dispossessed by the Daulat Khel, Miya Khel, Marwat and other Lohani clans. Many were put to the sword, and the rest went sway to Hindustan, and joined their brethren then scattered over many parts of that country. The name of Prangi is now scarcely known in Afghanistan but many of the clans are found in different parts of Hindustan and the Deccan, where they are called Lodi Afghans. " [1]

Ancestral home of Bahlul Lodi in Pakhtunkhwa

According to Ain-i-Akbari, Bahram, the father of Bahlul, came from the borders of Bilut (Paharpur Tehsil, Dera Ismail Khan district) to Multan [2]. The region is still populated by Biluts (بلڅ) clan of Prangis. An Indian surveyor Syed Ghulam Muhammad passed through this region in 1780 and gave the following report :-
"The Biluts section of the Prangi Lodis are of Sayyid descent, and consist of about 500 families. They dwell in the villages of Pund-yala’h and Bilts or Biluts; and there are a few at Piplan, on the east side of the Sind, in the Mian-wali district. The other Afghans of this territory greatly venerate them, and pay them much reverence and respect. They are exempt from taxes and tithes, forced labour, and the furnishing of any contingent to the Badshah's army." [3]

Tarikh-i-SherShahi of Abbas Sarwani mentions a certain Kalu Khan who was chief of the Mahmud Khel of the tribe of Shahu Khel Biluts, and who was wounded in the battle of Narila. Kalu Khan Bilot is reported to have returned to 'Roh' (Pakhtunkhwa) with his followers after Bahlul's victory over the Sharqi Sultan. [4]


1- "Afghanistan and Its Inhabitants: Translated from The HAYAT-I-AFGHANI of Muhammad Hayat Khan", p-182
2- "Ain-i-Akbari, Vol-II, p-308
3- "Notes on Afghanistan and part of Baluchistan" by H.G.Raverty, p-333
4- Tarikh-i-SherShahi, English translation by B.P.Ambashtya, p-08



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