Friday, February 9, 2018

Dir state

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.

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]