Waseer

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Waseer (वसीर) Vaseer (वसीर) Wasir (वसीर) is a Punjabi tribe and Jat gotra, mostly spread across the Punjab region divided between northern states of India and Punjab province of Pakistan.

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Origin

Ancient history regards them as Parmar Rajputs, as well, due to their rich history of Raaj, in the Indian subcontinent. In India most Waseers are Sikhs but in Pakistan, they are Muslims.

History

Sir Denzil Ibbetson, Sir Edward Maclagan and H. A. Rose write in their book A Glossary of The Tribes and Castes of The Punjab and North-West Frontier Province Vol.-III (First Ed. 1911, Re-published by Aziz Publishers, Lahore, Pakistan in 1978 ) that Waseers are Ponwars (also Panwar or Pawar). They wrote, " They are said to have come in to the Sandal Bar from Kot Kabula, beyond Pakpattan. Their arrival was fairly recent, as it dates from Kalu, who fled from Farrukh Sayyar, the Moghal emperor, some generations ago; Kalu advanced to Ravi, and his successors Sama was the first to enter the Bar, eight generations ago. The Wasirs had to fight the Bhagsins on the west and the Baloch & Sipraa on the east during Ranjit Singh's time. They are called Wasirs after the first of the race who was converted to Islam by Hazrat Dewan Shah Chawali Mashaaikh.

Etymology

The word Waseer is a common surname amongst Punjabis. It basically came from the eleventh generation elder after Panwar . As no logical reasoning is behind it.

Occupation

Waseers basically belong to agriculture but now they are in other different professions, as well. In India, now most of the Waseers have made their name in industrial sector. In Pakistani side, they are still notable landlords in Faisalabad (Lyalpur), Vehari, Ghotki, Gujranwala and in Pano Aqil Sindh. Where as, now they are also emerging as Lawers,Journalists, Politicians, Civil Officers, Doctors, Engineers, Professor, Businessmen etc

Distribution in Pakistan

Waseer - One of the ancient Jatt tribes, found both in India and Pakistan. The Waseers claim descent from the Parmar Rajputs. They accepted Islam before Hazrat Deewan Shah Chaawali Mashaaikh. They are found mainly in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Okara, Vehari, Ghotki (Sindh) and Toba Tek Singh districts.

References

  • 1-A Glossary of The Tribes and Castes of The Punjab and North-West Frontier Province Vol.-III (First Edition: 1911, Re-published by Aziz Publishers (1978), Lahore, Pakistan) By: Sir Denzil Ibbetson, Sir Edward Maclagan and H. A. Rose

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