Parthian Stations by Isidore of Charax, is an account of the overland trade route between the Levant and India, in the 1st century BCE, mentions a city called Gari, which may be Girishk town, in Nahri Saraj District in Helmand province on the Helmand River in Afghanistan.
There are two great branches of the Bangash called Gari and Samilzai.
H. W. Bellew while describing The Yusufzai people writes that These Hindki were in all probability the representatives of the remnant of the native Gandhari, who were subjugated by their Jat and other Scythic invaders in the fifth century, and the real kindred of their Afghan conquerors; a supposition which is strongly supported by language and family likeness, as well as by identity of manners and customs, and quick amalgamation.
For many years after this, the tenure of their conquest was a constant source of trouble to the Yusufzi, owing to the persistent efforts made by the expelled Dalazak to recover
[Page-68]:their lost lands , until, finally, as the cause of tumult and dis-order, they were deported en masse by the Emperor Jehangir, and distributed over different parts of Hindustan and Dakhan (Deccan). There are still some scattered families of this people in the Peshawar, Chach, and Pakli districts, and there is said to be a colony of about four hundred families of them settled in Dholpur. In the time of their prosperity in Peshawar they were in two great factions named Gari and Gaumat; but these are not now known, though the terms point to a division of the people as to creed-profession of Zoroastrianism and Brahmanism.
Distribution in Rajasthan
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