Khan doesn’t mean Pathan – Its a Title, not Caste

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)


22 Responses to “Khan doesn’t mean Pathan – Its a Title, not Caste”

  1. Rashid says:

    such a useless and lame article i’ve ever scene in my life … :/

    • Nabeel says:

      thanks for valueable and “non-useless” comment Rashid

      I wrote this post as a reply to a query from one of my friend who asked me why am I not pathan if I’m a Khan.

      I’m sorry to hurt your feelings!

  2. Rashid says:

    Then you should reply to his/her in private message , not by writing article .

  3. Rashid says:

    So what if some one is “pathan” ?

  4. Fariha Khan says:

    Khan is a cast :)..I don’t know why you are saying that its just a term used …. May be some people just use it as their sir names but its basically a cast… I am pathan myself….I don’t agree what you have written..:(

    • Nabeel says:

      Fariha, i didn’t say its just a word. It’s a Title for someone who achieves something. It’s not a caste

      e.g Shahid Khan Afridi is afridi by caste, not Khan

      don’t know why you want to call it a caste

      or do you really mean that Changaiz Khan was pathan too?

  5. Fariha Khan says:

    hahaha…can’t help laughing :D…any way you even know what are you saying?… its a caste and myself is pathan by caste. May be your right in saying that its a title too for somebody who achieves something but please don’t confuse people as when they will read such things they will misinterpret many things about pathans.

  6. nauman says:

    i am also strongly agree that khan is not a cost it a title. like molana zafar ali khan is not a pathan. sir mohammad zafrullah khan is not pathan.

  7. yasir afridi says:

    khan is not cast. in china during the period of mongol emperor khan is used for brave man. mahmood ghaznavi gave the name khan to pathan. when he attacked on india pathans in his army fought very bravely. then mahamood ghaznavi said that real khan is pathans.

    i m pathan(pukhtun)from tribe of afridi
    belong to khyber agency.(khyber pakhtunkhwa zindabad)

  8. aayat says:

    khan doesn’t mean pathan ,..
    good info,..

  9. aayat says:

    well doctor nabeel,.. u r surgeon r8.,,, how u came to have much more knowledge about electronics n IT?? was it ur craze?

  10. Khan says:

    Yes you are right KHAN is a ruler of that area. especially in Northern part of Pakistan. KHAN were the rulers in their area.

    good explanation…. some one said in past if it is possible to buy KHAN name but now a days every one is KHAN so check their background for real and fake KHAN

  11. rizwan khan says:

    khan is a cast………and all real khanz r pathans….some are hindko speakers and some r pushto speakers….

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