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Hina Rabbani Khar at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 2012
Hina Rabbani Khar at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 2012

Khar (खार) is gotra of Jats[1] Khar (खर)[2] Kar (कर) Kher (खेर)/(खेरे) [3] Khar (Urdu: کھر ) is a Seraiki speaking Jat clan, found in south Punjab, Pakistan. Khari clan is found in Afghanistan.[4] Khari is also a got of Dogars. [5]


  • This gotra originated from grand son of Krishna named Khir (खिर). [7]

Mention by Panini

Khari (खारी) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [9]

Jat Gotras Namesake


According to the research of Hem Chandra, Lichhavis belonged to Madrak dynasty and were called Karaskar or Kakkar because of their origin from Kar. [12] The tribe traces its origin to the Kharals, accounting for its truncated name by a tale that once a party of the Kharals coming from Sandal Bar, encamped near a field of sugarcane in Multan, and cut the cane to feed their cattle and make huts. When the owner of the field complained they declared that they thought that the cane was a type of reed. So they were dubbed khar.

Bhim Singh Dahiya considers Greek Chrysei to be Karusha of Sanskrit literature, are the Khar Jats.[13]

According to H A Rose[14] Khar (खर) Jat clan is found in Multan. It traces its origin to the Kharrals of Montgomery and Lahore.

Villages founded by Khar clan

Villages after Khar

Distribution in Rajasthan

Distribution in Punjab

Distribution in Haryana

Distribution in Pakistan

Khar - The Khar claim descent from the Kharal . They are found in Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Bhakkar districts.

According to 1911 census, the Khar was a principal Muslim Jat clan in Mianwali District in Pakistan with a population of 1,013 and 840 in Bahawalpur State.[15]

Notable persons

  • Ghulam Mustafa Khar -
  • Hina Rabbani Khar - Ex. Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Hina Rabbani Khar was born on 19 January 1977 in Multan, Punjab (Pakistan), Pakistan. She is the daughter of politician Muhammad Ibrahim Arqam and niece of Ghulam Mustafa Khar. A businesswoman by profession, Hina's family has roots in Khar Gharbi village located in Kot Addu, a tehsil in Muzaffargarh District in Punjab. The Khar family has many land holdings: an estate that includes fisheries, mango orchards and sugarcane fields. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1999 and received her M.Sc in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2001.


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