There is a common misconception in some parts of our country that Khan means pathan or related descends.
For now, I’m not going to research much and dig out info and online references to what I’ll be saying here, but if anyone needs more info I can definitely try to provide it to them.
Khan is a term used for the leaders, rulers or conquerers of the region.
This term is not only used in Pakistan, but in many other regions like Afghanistan, India, even China (as Xan)
By the way, i hope you guys didn’t think Changaiz Khan was pathan too 😉
So Khan doesn’t mean pathan.
Also, not all pathans are Khans, not at all.
Khan is not a caste. It’s more like social status. Like Raja, Chaudhary etc are not casts. They’re titles used in various castes in Pakistan too and merely describe the profession of that family (or their forefathers to be more specific)