Famous Gujjars of Pakistan - By Azeem Qamar Gujjar
Category :- History


Mian Muhammad Bakhsh


Mian Muhammad Bakhsh was a Sufi saint and a Punjabi/Pahari poet. He belonged to Gujjar tribe and subcast was Paswal. He is especially renowned as the author of a book of poetry called Saif-ul-MalÅ«k. He was born in a village called Khari Sharif, situated near Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.                              .......................................................................... ................ ........   Choudhry Rahmat Ali

Choudhry Rahmat Ali, M.A., L.L.B., Barrister-at-Law

Choudhry Rahmat Ali was a Pakistani Muslim nationalist who was one of the earliest proponents of the creation of the state of Pakistan. He is credited with creating the name "Pakistan" for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia and is generally known as the founder of the movement for its creation.

He advised the shown map of Pakistan keep in view of AllamaIqbal's dream. He is best known as the author of a famous 1933 pamphlet titled Now or Never "Are We to Live or Perish Forever", also known as the Pakistan Declaration. The pamphlet started with a famous statement; "At this solemn hour in the history of India, when British and Indian statesmen are laying the foundations of a Federal Constitution for that land, we address this appeal to you, in the name of our common heritage, on behalf of our thirty million Muslim brethren who live in PAKSTAN - by which we mean the five Northern units of India, Viz: Punjab, North-West Frontier Province (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sind and Baluchistan."
Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed 

Tufail Mohammad was born 1914 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Mohammad was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan's highest military award and is the only person to win the award for an action outside the Indo-Pakistan Wars. In 1958, Major TufailMuhammed was posted to East Pakistan as the Company Commander of a battalion of East Pakistan Rifles (a Para military force for border security). Major MuhammedTufailwas martyred on 7 August 1958 and buried with full military honors in his native city Burewala. His native town has been named after him and is now known as Tufailabad. Major MuhammedTufail was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider and he is the only person to get this award for an action outside the Indo-Pakistani wars.
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry,

Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry was elected as member of the National Assembly in 1970 on the ticket of the Pakistan Peoples Party and was later elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly. After Independence, he was given the post of Parliamentary Secretary. He was later appointed Minister for Education and Health. In 1951, he contested the elections of the Punjab Legislative Assembly on the Muslim League ticket and was elected as a member of the Punjab Assembly. In 1952, he represented Pakistan in the United Nations. In the 1956 elections, he was elected as member of the West Pakistan Assembly. Chaudhry was its Speaker May 20, 1956 – October 7, 1958. In 1962, when Ayub Khan announced the elections, he was selected as the Deputy Opposition Leader of the House on the basis of his experience and knowledge about parliamentary proceedings. Chaudhry joined the Convention Muslim League, and after the 1956 elections, he was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.He was the 5th President of Pakistan.
General Sawar Khan...................

Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Sawar Khan was promoted to Lt General on 24 March 1976 by General Zia-ul-Haq. Sawar Khan who at the time was serving as Adjutant General (AG) at the GHQ was sent as the Commander XI Corps, Peshawar, where he replaced the recently superseded Lt. Gen. Majeed Malik.

In 1978 When Zia imposed martial law, the then Lt Gen Sawar Khan was sent as the governor of Punjab province in 1978, in addition to his responsibilities as Commander IV Corps, Lahore. He was part of small coterie of generals under General Zia ul-Haq, who determined the national security policies in the martial regime. He served as a Governor of Punjab, Pakistan till March 1980.

He was part of small coterie of generals under General Zia ul-Haq, who determined the national security policies in the martial regime. n April 1980, when the post of the deputy chief of army staff (created by Zia-ul-Haq) was redefined and re-designated as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, General Sawar replaced Lt Gen Iqbal Khan, the first deputy chief of army staff who took over in 1978. General Sawar was replaced by the Zia's deputy General Khalid Mahmud Arif in March 1984 after completing the four-year term. He was awarded with Nishan-e-Imtiaz for his Excellent service to the Nation.

Chaudhry Sajjad Haider Karim..........

Sajjad Karim also known as Saj (born 11 July 1970) is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West England. Karim was the first British Muslim elected to the European Parliament on 4 June 2004. He was re-elected in June 2009. In his first term Karim served on the International Trade Committee, Committee of Judicial Affairs and Human Rights Committees and was a Member of the European Parliament's "Committee of Investigation into alleged CIA extraordinary renditions and secret prisons" after having been the first European Parliamentarian to officially raise the matter. He was the European Legal Affairs Spokesperson and served as a Conservative whip. He was the European Parliamentary rapporteur for the EU-India Free Trade Agreement. In 2005, he established the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan Group, which he continues to chair to present day. He is also a member of the Friends of India and Friends of Bangladesh Groups. He is the Vice-President of the European Parliament's Equality and Diversity Intergroup and Co-Chair of the European Muslim Forum. He has focused on the rise of intolerance in Europe in recent years, notably the rise of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and growing support for the far-right political parties. In December 2009, Karim was appointed as the Legal Affairs Spokesperson for the Conservative Group in the European Parliament. As well as serving as a full member of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), Karim is a substitute on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and a substitute member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. He is also currently a member of the delegations with the Mashreq countries and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Qamar Zaman Kaira 

Chaudhery Qamar Zaman Kaira is  the ex.Pakistan's Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting.. He has also served as Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas and acting Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan. he was elected MNA in 2002 and 2008 elections. His cousin Tanveer Ashraf Kaira is Finance Minister Punjab (MPA 2002-2008). His uncle Ch. Asghar Kaira MPA-1985 MNA-1988-1993. Ch. Nadeem Asghar Kaira (son of Ch. Asghar Kaira) 2 times Tehsil Nazim Kharrian
Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat ................

Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat is former Chief Minister of Punjab and served as ambassador in different countries. He is from Kolian Shah HussainGujrat; an ex-MPA & ex-Chief Minister of Punjab from 1996 to 1997 MPA 1970, 1977, 1985. He served as Minister in 1970-1977, he was Opposition Leader 1986-1988 in Punjab Assemble. He has also been the president of Acoba in Aitchison College. He is a Formanite. He joined Pakistan Tehreek e Inshaaf at 14 December 2011.
Chaudhry Amir Hussain ..........

Chaudhry Amir Hussain is a Pakistani politician. He was the 17th Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, serving from 2002 to 2008. Hussain was born in Sialkot, Punjab in a Gujjar family of subcastkhatana and was elected as Speaker of the National Assembly on November 19, 2002, succeeding ElahiBuxSoomro. Five times elected MNA (1985, 1988, 1990, 1997 and 2002).In 1990-1991 Federal Minister of Law, Justice Parliamentary Affairs. 1991-1993 Federal Minister of Parliamentary and Youth Affairs 1997 Chairman National Assembly standing Committee on Law Justice Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs, 2004 President of Association of Asian Parliament for Peace.


Sardar Muhammad Chaudhry................

Sardar Muhammad Chaudhry (1937 - 2004) practised law briefly and then joined the Police Service of Pakistan in 1963. He served in the field but the major portion of his career was spent in the Intelligence, FIA and Narcotics Control Board. His last position, before retiring in March 1997, was as Inspector General of Police Punjab, the largest and the most important province of Pakistan. Because of his rich experience and deep insight he emerged as a guide, a wise counsel of the police and government. He is held in high esteem by police force as well as the general public for his high integrity, fairplay and humane approach. He wrote many books after his retirement.

He is author of following books in English and Urdu.

  • The Ultimate Crime
  • Jahan-e-Hairat
  • Punjab Police Such kia Hai
  • Quaid - i - Azam Biswein Sadi Ka Sub Say Bara Insaan
  • Nawaz Sharif Teri Rahoon Ka Seeda Musafir
  • kisht-e-Wiran
  • Mata-e-Faqeer
  • Rawish Rawish Roshane
  • The Trail Blazer

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed .........

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed born 1950 is the amir of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, a charity organization that is widely considered to be a cover organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the largest and most active Islamic terrorist organizations in the world, operating mainly from Pakistan. In 1950, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was born in Sargodha, Punjab. His family lost 36 of its members when migrating from Shimla to Lahore during the Partition of India. He is married and his wife's name is Mamoona.

General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq appointed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed to the Council on Islamic Ideology, and he later served as an Islamic Studies teacher at the University of Engineering and Technology (Lahore), Pakistan. He was sent to Saudi Arabia in the early 1980s by the university for higher studies where he met Saudi Sheikhs who were taking part in the Afghan jihad. They inspired him to join his colleague, Professor ZafarIqbal, in taking an active role supporting the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. There he met some youth who later became his companions.

In 1987 Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, along with Abdullah Azzam, founded Markaz Dawa-Wal-Irshad, a group with roots in the Jamait Ahl-e-Hadis. This organization spawned the jihadist group Lashkar-e-Taiba in 1990, with the help of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence officers.
Chaudhry Muhammad Jaffar Iqbal .......

He is currently   the member of Senate (Pakistan) and Vice-President of PMLN Punjab. Chaudhry Muhammad Jaffar Iqbal is a Pakistani politician. He is the son of Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal, and a member of a Gujjar family of Chillianwala, Mandi Bahauddin. Currently he is Vice-President PMLN Punjab. His Wife Begum Ishrat Ashraf is also MNA and National President of PMLN women wing. His daughter ZabJaffar also MPA & Advisor of Chief Minister of Panjab. He was the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 1997 to 1998
Nawab Sir Fazal-e- Ali Khan ..........

Nawab Sir Fazal-e-Ali (Gujrat) British Government entitled him "SIR" and after ward "NAWAB". He had two sons Nawab Mehdi Ali and Nawab Asghar Ali..... Nawab Mehdi Ali was elected member of Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1946 election. His son Zafar Medi was MNA in 1977 election and now Haider Mehdi S/O Zafar Mehdi is elected MPA in 2013 election , he is also Parliamentary Secretary: Management and Professional Development.....Nawab Asghar Ali Khan was elected chairman of District Board and chairman Central Co-Operative Bank. His three sons take part in politics.....Nawabzada Ghazanfar Ali Gul ,former Adviser to Prime Minister, MNA 1993, MPA 1988 .....Nawabzada Mazhar Ali Khan MPA 1977 and 1993 election ,, Member Majlis-e-Shoora 1981 and MNA 1985 election .......Nawabzada Muzafar Ali Khan MPA 1985 election , former Chairman Gujrat Distt Council ,, he is elected ,MNA in 2013 election.....Former opposition leader in the district council Gujrat Nawabzada Tahirul Mulk.

Sardar-e-Qaum ,,,, Ch. Muhammad Iqbal of Chalianwala Member Majlis-e-Shoora 1981 AD MNA 1985 AD, given title Sardar-e-Qaum (Chief of Gujjars) in 1985 at Faisalabad. He has two sons

1. Ch. Jafar Iqbal - He has been MPA and Minister in Punjab Province twice and MNA & Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan 1997 AD. Now he is the member of Senate.

2. Ch. Nasir Iqbal Ex-MNA and Parliamentary Secretary for Railways

Ch. Muhammad Ashraf brother of Ch. Muhammad Iqbal was a reputed man in Sindh from where he was elected Senator in 1973 AD. His son Ch. Zaka Ashraf Ex-Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh in these days he is chairman ZTBL Pakistan. Former Chairman of PCB ( Pakistan Cricket Board)

Ch. Ishrat Ashraf (daughter of Ch. Muhammad Ashraf and wife of Ch. Jafar Iqbal). is president of PMLN
Women Wing Elected Member of National Assembly ( lady seat ) in2008 election . Ex-Advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan.Zaib Jafar (daughter of Ch. Jafar Iqbal & Ishrat Ashraf) is elected MPA Punjab and Advisor to Chief Minister of Punjab , She is now MNA ( lady Seat )in 2013 election.... Umar Jaffar Ch , the son of Ch Jaffar elected MPA in 2013 election.                                                                                                                           

Ch. Zahid Hameed S/O Ch. Abdul Hameed (brother Ch. Muhammad Iqbal) Member Majlis-e-Shoora 1981. His daughter Maiza Hameed his elected MPA Punjab (PMLN) 2008 election ,She is elected MNA ( lady seat ) in 2013 election

Dr. Safadar Mehmood (Son of Sister Ch. Muhammad Iqbal) former Federal Secretary Education. He is prototype on Pakistan history.

The other sister's son Shafqat Mehmood Ex-Member of Senate (the Pakistan Upper House) He is elected MNA (PTI) in 2013 election.                                                                           

Ch. Akhtar Ali Vario (Sialkot) Ex-Chairman District Council Sailkot and 3 times MPA and 3 times Provincial Minister 1985-88-90 MNA 1993

Khush Akhtar Subhani S/O Ch. Akhtar Ali Vario Ex-MPA 1993-2002 Provincial Minister 1993 ...Ch Tariq Subhani S/O CH Akhtar elected MPA in 2013 Election

Ch. Abdul Sattar Vario B/O Ch. Akhtar Ali Vario Ex-Chairman District Council Sialkot MNA-1990-93 Ex-Federal Minister

Armghan Subhani S/O Ch. Abdul Sattar Vario MPA 1993-2002 Minister 2002 and now elected MNA in 2013 election.                                                       

Ch. Iqbal Advocate (Gujranwala) has been successful in 7 General Elections MPA( Punjab) and 5 times he was Provincial Minister.   He is also Former President Anjuman-e-Gujjran Pakistan  .                                                                                                   
Ch. Ghulam Nabi (Zail Gujjran - Sammundri) MNA 1971AD & 1977 AD ,,,,,Ex-Member Kashmir Council. His nephews Ch. Khalid Nabi MPA and Parliamentary Secretary in 2002 elections,                                                                                                                               Ch. Sultan Ali (Zail Gujjran - Sammundri)Ex. MLA, Former Adviser to Prime Minister 1973-1977 , Former Punjab Minister Agriculture 1996-1997 and Former President Anjuman-e-Gujjran Pakistan .                              Ch. Tariq Anees (Shakargarh) Ex Minister of State Ex-MPA, Ex-Tehsil Nazim ,EX MNA 2008. His brother Col. Muhammad Abbas Ch. MPA 2002, 2008 .His sister's son Hafiz Masoud District Naib Nazim 2002. His nephew Umer Sherif Tehsil Nazim 2008 .                               Ch. Abdul Rahim Munan (Shakargarh) former MLA United Punjab MPA West Pakistan, MNA Pakistan Vice Chairman District Council Sialkot. Given the title of Khan Sahib by the British Government.

Ch. Idress Taj S/O Ch. Abdul Rahim Ex-Member Majlis-e-Shoora 1981 AD

Ch. Ashfaq Taj S/O Ch. Abdul Rahim 2 times MNA 1990 &1993 AD

Ch. Iftikhar Taj S/O Ch. Abdul Rahim Ex-V.
Chairman District Council Narowal.                                                                                                                                   
Ch. Anwar Aziz (Bar at Law ) of Shakargarh , 3 times MNA and former Federal Minister. His son Ch. Daniyal Aziz is also 3 times MNA.He is former Chairman National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) Pakistan
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Sardar Muhammad Yousaf  Federal Minister.
Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony (Government Of Pakistan) 
                                                                    
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf born on 1st June 1952 in small village jalgali of District Mansehra. His father was small farmer, and died when he was young. He starts his politics against the federal system and fight for the rights of tenant and lower middle class.
His political career started with membership of the district council in 1979, winning a provincial assembly seat in 1985 and 1990 independently. He won the Pakistan National Assembly seat for Mansehra for three consecutive terms (1990, 1993, 1996 and 2013).
After being elected as District Nazim he worked hard for the rehabilitation of the survivors of the 2005 devastating earthquake. His major contribution is resolving the issue of NOC [clarification needed] for the poor tenants. Now he has joined hands with the Hazara Action Committee for the rights of Hazarewal people and he is the convener of the Hazara Action Committee. His son, Sardar Shahjahan Yousuf who also won MNA twice and currently State Minister of PTT, was the first member who opposed the name Khyber-Pukhtunkhawa in the national assembly. He protested and Asif Zardari, president, to not use the name Khyber-Pukhtinkhawa during his speech to the joint session.
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf , Recently came to prominence for opposing the renaming of the NWFP to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He criticised the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, for referring to the province as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa - saying this was unconstitutional and done to please coalition partners. He along with other nazims of the Districts of Hazara Division opposed the name change. If the province was renamed in line with the proposal from the Awami National Party then, according to Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, a creation of a Hazara Province would be justified.
In 2013 election, people of Mansehra again trusted him and knowledge his struggles, hard work for them and elected the Member of National Assembly from NA-20 huge lead on his opponent. PML (N) leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz sharif appreciated the result of Dist Mansehra . he took oath as Federal Minister for religious affair and Minority, faith and Harmony .
                                                                                                                           

Chaudhry Asgher Ali Gujjar MPA (1985–88, 1988–90, 1990–93, 1993–96,2002–07, Layyah

    

Dr. Tahir Ali Javed Parliamentary Leader Unification Bloc, MPA / Health Minister (2002–07, 2007–12). His father Dr N A Javaid  was elected  Teh Nazim in 2002 and Distt Nazim Narowal  in 2005 election

      

Sardar Al-Haj Mohammad Umar Gorgage Federal Minister for Postal Services, NA 260 Quetta-Chagai-Mastung MNA (2007-2012)

                                                                     


Pakistan Army ..............

There are several Gujjar who served in the different core of Pakistan Army. They are un-countable number of Gujjar sons and daughters who served in Pakistan Armed Forces but in this list only those will be mentioned who reached the ranks of Generals, Air Chief Marshalland other respective higher ranks,

Major General Muzaffar-ud-Din, Governor of East Pakistan 1966 AD to 1968 AD.
Lt General (R)Sajjad Akram   Ex Cor Commander Pakistan Army
Lt General Muzmal
Air Marshal Rahim Khan Commander in Chief Pakistan Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Asif Chauhan Additional Secretary Ministry of Defence Pakistan
Major General Muhammad Afzal Chaudhry (E & ME)
Flight Lt. Salman Mahmood Chaudhry (No. 27 Squadron Pakistan Air  Force  ............................................ .....                 Air Marshal (R)Arshad Ch ..............................................               Maj General(R)  Javeed Iqbal .............................

Maj General(R) Liaquat Ali

........................ Maj General(R) Zia Ul Haq Noor ................ Maj General(R)  Sardar M Khalid  ...........   Maj General(R)  Dr  M Anwer .......... Air Vice Marshal( R) Sardar Asif      .............   Air Vice Marshal( R) Shahzad Ch   ..........   Air Vice Marshal( R)  Saleem Arshad.........  Air  Marshal( R)   M.Yousaf                                                                                                      

Renowned Sportsmen............


Shoaib Akhtar One of the all time fastest bowler of the World. Rawalpindi Express, he was captain Pakistan Cricket Team in one day match.
Mohammad Asif One of the great fast bowler of the World, destroyed his career due to wrong choices......................... Babar Gujjar Prince of Pakistam Kabaddi ,,,Captain Pakistan Kabaddi Team.....................  Sajjad Gujjar (famous kabaddi player).................................... .Mansha Gujjar (famous Kabaddi player) ,,,Waqas Gujjar Kabaddi star.....................................                                                               Razak Gujjar Ex Captain Pakistan National Kabaddi Team .....................
Naveed Alam Famous Hockey player .....................                                Younas Gujjar Ex Captain Pakistan Volleyball Team   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,             Farooq Azam Gujjar Ex Captain Pakistan Volleyball Team ........................ Naveed Gujjar Ex Captain Pakistan Football Team .........................                     Tanveer Gujjar Ex Captain Pakistan Football Team                                                        Rizwan Asif v.captain Pakistan foot ball team   






Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).................


There is the name of few Famous Gujjars from the Azad Kashmir , It is not the complete list but it gives a fair view of Gujjar's role in Pakistan development.

SABZADA ISAHQ ZAFAR LA27 (1990–91, 1996-01, 2001–06)  Ex SAPEAKER 1990, Ex Opposition Leader 2006 Ex acting  PRESIDENT AJK & Ex acting  PRIME MINISTER,  Ex.President AJK PPP.

Chaudhry MUHAMMAD AZIZ LA16 (2006–11) ex acting  PRIME MINISTER
Chaudhry FARMAN ALI LA31 (1985–90) DEPUTY SPEAKER

Chaudhry LATEEF AKBAR LA26 Mazfarabad (1985–90, 1990–91, 1991–96, 1996-01, 2006-2011, 2011–16) He is acting prime minister now a days.

 

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