Friday, February 9, 2018

Nawabs of Dir



The Nawabs of Dir belonged to Akhund Khel section of the PaindaKhel sept of the Malizai Yusufzai Pashtuns. Akhund Khel owes its name to the fact that it was founded by Mulla Ilyas or Akhund Baba who acquired a saintly reputation. He lived in the 17th century and from him the 'Khanate' has descended down in succession from father to son and down to the last ruler of Dir. [Reference: Encyclopedia Britannica - Volume 7 - Page 483]


Nawab Muhammad Sharif Khan, Khan of Dir, Companion of the Order of the British Empire, 1902.

The Nawab Alamzeb Khan's Durbar (British Chief Commissioner sitting in the center), Princely State of Dir, 1919. From a collection compiled by Lieutenant Colonel G J Davis.


Chief Commissioner of NWFP speaking at the Nawab Alamzeb Khan's Durbar, Dir, 1919. From an album compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel G J Davis.

1917: Jirga for end of war between Swat and Dir states