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THOTHAALS / THATHAALS
The Thothaals are resident of the area between Salt Range and Kharian Pubbi. They are offshoot of legendry Raja Karan Singh. Their forefather was a Suraj Bansi Rajput and King of Sehtnapur. Thothaals are children of his son Raja Thathoo the king of area between Ravi and Indus upto Multan. Most of Jaat Rajput tribes indicate their kinship with Raja Karan Singh.
Some of the persons from Thothaal tribe converted to Islam during period of Mehmood of Ghazna. During first battle of Trawarri, one of the Thothaal sardar Sahib Khan was martyred, his son Qasim was bestowed with Jagir of area from Ravi to Jhelum, including the present districts of Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Gujrat, Sargodha and Khushab. Qasim Khan was an able leader of men, his son Shujah defeated Nasiruddin Qabacha and forced him to run towards Sindh. Sultan Qutbuddin Aibak honoured him with area upto Uch as Jagir. Sardar Shahbaz was assistance to the Governer of Punjab Prince Mohammad, responsible to fight against Mongol raiders. Qasim son of Sardar Shahbaz Khan Thothaal was a brave commander, showed his mettle during battles with Mongols. He was honored with the title of “Khan Zaman” as he attacked Mongols in Iran and Tauran. During governorship of Ghias Tughliq he was killed in a battle against Mongols near Pindi Gheb. Thothaals remain the owner of their areas with honor. Feroz Shah Tughliq honored them by issuing of some areas as jagir in Jammu. However this honor was shortened as Thothaal sardar Muzzafar fought against Pir Mohammad ( grandson of Amir Taimur) army. Thothaal forces were crushed and their areas burnt to ashes. Thothaals were forced to take shelter inside Kharian Pubbi and later on migrated to Salt Range and joined the Ghakhar Sultan as their subjects.
The Amir Taimur destroyed India and Thothaals were scattered, their helping Jaat tribes like Gondal, Sandhu, Cheema, Chatta, Tarrar and Bajwas started their life as cultivator/ Zamindar. The central power of Thothaals vanished as rulers, their individual valour remained but now they were fighting under Ghakhars of Salt Range.
In 1525 Zaheeruddin Babur started attacking different parts of India. Thothaals Sardar Safdar Murad under the influence of Ghakhars sided Babur. Doulat Khan Lodhi was defeated but Thothaals were still without independent areas as Ghakhars did not desire to create a rival nearby. Thus a faction of Thothaals remained with Ghakhars but Murad Qaleech Khan took away a group of daredevils with him, selected a place along Kharian Pubbi and inaugurated a village Qaleechpur, still thriving with majority of Thothaals. Source of the tribe converted to cultivators of land but never became good Zamindars, still fond of fighting.
When Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun, ill fate of Thothaals commenced. Ghakhars were defeated, Suri pathans captured the Salt Range and uprooted the Ghakhars and Thothaals. The Janjua’s and Gondal’s of adjoining areas also suffered. Rohtas Fort was established and bad luck of Thothaals was still very much there. Qaleechpur was destroyed, people of area were butchered, some escaped and sheltered into Pubbi Kharian for safety. Mansur Murad the headman of Thothaals was killed, and might of Thathaals was almost vanished for the time being.
Return of Humayun in 1546 restored some of the honour and pride in Thothaal tribe. Mughals captured some area of Kashmir, Syed Yousaf Mashadi the governer called for Sardar Muhammad Azam Thothaal. Azam was a dare devil, he attacked and captured Yadgar Mirza in Akbar’s regime. Mirza was killed and mutiny was over, Azam was bestowed the title of “BAHADUR”.
In 1606 when prince Khusro revolted against Emperor Jahangir, he tried to reach Rohtas Fort to get the help of Hasan Beg. The Thothaal sardar Saifullah was ordered to stop the prince, the forces of prince were defeated near River Chenab. Khusro was captured from a river island near Jalalpur Jattan and handed over to Royal forces. Saif was honored with the title of “MURTAZA KHAN”, and emperor Jahangir granted him with lot of money and areas as jagir.
The relationship between Saifullah Murtaza Khan and Moghal commander in chief Mohabat Khan were very cordial. Mohabat Khan revolted against Moghal empire, made the emperor hostage. Then captured Moghal General Asif Khan and his son as hostage, sought help of Saif Murtaza Khan for shelter. Shelter was provided in a safe area of Pubbi Kharian, Mohabat was lodged alongwith his hostages. But Royal forces pounded the area, Thothaals were crippled, thus their towns were burnt to ashes. The survivors had to run for safety into Salt Range area. Mohabat Khan was shifted to a safe place, Asif Khan and his son were released. However Thothaals were now down to earth, just like any other Rajput Jaat tribe.
Mohabat Khan however was pardoned by the Emporer but Asif Khan as governor of Lahore never gave any chance to Thothaals, his only aim was to destroy the Thothaal to oblivion. During the period of Shahjahan, Thothaals tried to recapture some pride but remained in low key. However they joined the Aurangzeb forces in Badakhshan battle. Some of Thothaal fighters captured the eye of prince during battle at Gulbahar and Panjsheer with their daredevil attitude.On return prince appointed Thothaal sardar Hashmat Khan as Kiladar of Khambait in Kathiawar. Hashmat was a charming personality with qualityof leadership. He was followed by the Khamb riders, some forces of Chibb area of Jammu and some tribes of Mongols/ Afghan origin from Badakshan, when prince Aurangzeb was appointed away from Ahmedabad, Hashmat resigned and came back to his own area alongwith his new followers. He ordered to built a village named Kahnpur and Khamb tribe was granted some areaound. Another town Khambi was established near Kaleechpur, the Mongol/ Afghan tribe was ordered to situated there along with some of the Khambs. This tribe is still in Khambi known as “KAKKAY BILLEY”due to their blue eyes and blond hairs.
After the demise of Moghal empire, Sikhs started invading the Thothaals area. For the purpose Thathaal sardar Hafiz Murad established a village as military camp across the Kharian Pubbi to stop the invation of Sikhs. Essa Khan was appointed headman there. The mother of Essa Khan was from Mohmund the Pathan tribe, he was called Essa Khan Mohmund. This village is still known as Mohmund Chak, situated some miles below the Kharian town. Hafiz Murad tried to restore the pride of his ancestors, by hosting the Sahi’s from Sialkot, the Rajputs of Chibb area, the Awans from Pindi Gheb etc.
During age of King Farrukh Seir, Sikhs were routed and their leader Banda Bairagi was Killed. Although Thathaals sided with Moghals but soon after demise of Sikhs, Governor Lahore started thrashing Thothaals, Ghakhars and other upright tribes.
Essa Khan Mohmund revolted and took battle to the Moghals. He raided every carvan of Moghals between Chinab and Jhelum. Thus stopped all the routes to Kabul and Kashmir. Thothaals were scattered without any single leader, some hundered Thothaals raiders kept on tormenting the Moghals, till he Governor of Lahore concentrated to attack on Thothaal areas. Essa Khan fought hard, but was consequently defeated and killed. All the tribe was scattered in Pubbi Kharian and Salt Range, Thothaals were down to earth again, areas demolished, youth killed, women and children starved to death with very meager resources to re-arrange the tribe. They sought help of Ghakhars of Salt Range, but Ghakhars were on slide themselves, when Sikhs took over as ruler of Punjab, hell was let loose for Thothaals of Kharian Pubbi, they never submitted to Sikhs but lost all the areas, left in situation that whole tribe had only one option to raise the cattle and cultivate the land to survive. A daredevil tribe with lot of honor and dignity was a lost chapter of history now. At present remaining tribe residing near Kaleechpur/ Khambi, Mohmud Chak and some villages of Salt Range are remnant of that tribe with lot of valour and a bright history of ruling the area. However, now, at present there is no difference between other Rajput Jaat tribes and the great Thothaals. .
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