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Updated January 12, 2001

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Originally from Kashmir, the first Drabu (Dr Ghulam Jeelani Drabu) came to the United Kingdom in 1959. His family (wife, Mrs Ayesha Jeelani, daughters Reefat and Yasmin and son Khalid) joined him in 1960. In 1965, Dr Ghulam Jeelani Drabu and Mrs Ayesha Jeelani had another son, Tariq. Khurshid Drabu, the only son of Mr Ghulam Nabi Drabu and late Zarifa Nabi of 16, Gogji Bagh, Srinagar, Kashmir came to the United Kingdom in 1971, sponsored by his paternal uncle Dr Ghulam Jeelani Drabu for studies to become a Barrister. Khurshid married Reefat in 1972. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1977. Reefat became a doctor of Medicine in 1973. Khurshid and Reefat have four children - Aliya (25)F, Farrah (21) F, Hamza (19)M and Zayba (16). Khurshid is currently Vice-President, Immigration Appeal Tribunal (a senior Immigration and asylum judge) and Reefat is a General Medical Practitioner. All four children are presently engaged in full time studies.
Dr Ghulam Jeelani Drabu and Mrs Ayesha Jeelani live in Cheshire.
The Drabu family originally comes from Darab, a town in Iran. They emigrated to Kashmir many centuries ago. The known ancestors of Drabus of Otterbourne lived in Narwara, Srinagar.The grandfather of Khurshid and Reefat, Mr Ghulam Hassan Drabu married Zaina Apa, daughter of an extremely wealthy landowner of Rajpora named Mr Aziz Mir. He became a "Ghar Damad". Mr Ghulam Hussain Drabu and Zaina Apa had thirteen children - five daughters and eight sons.
From the maternal side, the grandfather of Reefat and Khurshid was the late Ghulam Ahmed Ashai - the renowned educationist and freedom fighter. Late Ghulam Ahmed Ashai was married to Mrs Jana Begum, the only daughter of a wealthy landowner from Baramulla named Mr Ameer Shah. Late Ghulam Ahmed Ashai and Jana Apa had nine children - five daughters and four sons.
Mr Ghulam Nabi Drabu, who trained as a lawyer from Punjab University joined the Indian Administrative Service and rose to become the Commisioner of Excise & Taxation for J&K. He retired as Member of the J&K Public Service Commission in 1982. Dr Ghulam Jeelani Drabu, who until 1957 served in the Medical Corps of the Pakistan Army as a Major, retired as a General Medical Practitioner in Manchester in 1996. They are brothers. Zarifa Nabi passed away on 4 February 1997. She was the eldest sibling of Mrs Ayesha Jeelani.
Khurshid has two sisters - Nighat and Asmat. Nighat is married to Mr Mohammad Shafi Pandit who is presently the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir. They have three children, Sarmadiya w/o Mr Javed Ahmed, Murad h/o Shazia Masoodi and Humaira. Asmat is married to Dr Shaukat Ashai and they have a son, Zaid and daughter, Sehla. Shaukat specialises in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The family lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, USA.
Reefat has one sister -Yasmin and two brothers Khalid and Tariq. Yasmin is married to Dr Khalid Naqushbandi and they have three daughters - Lara, Shama and Saba. Yasmin is a Consultant Microbiologist. Khalid is a Consultant Anaesthetist. Khalid Drabu is married to Shireen and they have two sons - Roshan and Mohsin. Khalid is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Tariq Drabu is married to Suraya. They have two children - Zainab and Ali. Tariq is a Dental Surgeon and Suraya is training to be a Consultant Psychiatrist.
Khurshid and Reefat have over fifty first cousins - most of whom are in Kashmir but many are settled in the USA, some in Australia and one in Canada.

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    Khurshid Hassan Drabu
    Hillside, Main Road, Otterbourne
    Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2HH
    Great Britain-England
    0044 23 8026 2296

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