Jaskham Khatril

The Jasgam, sometimes spelt Jaskham, also claim descent from Hashim ibn ‘Abd Manaf, through his grandson Abbas ibn Abul Mutalib. Also like the Dhund and Khatril, the Jasgam claim descent from Zarab Khan, who is said to have arrived in the Pothohar region in the late 10th Century. According to the traditions of the Khatril, the Jasgam are said to have expelled them from the Kahuta Hills, so it is likely their settlement post-dated that of the Khatril.
Their own tradition makes their ancestor Jasgam, leaving Murree after quarrelling with his Dhund kinsmen, and founding the town of Panjar in the Kahuta hills. In customs and traditions, they still have more in common with the Murree Hill tribes such as the Satti and Kethwal, and less with their neighbours such as the Janhal and Janjuas, including that the fact that still speak the Dhund-Karaili dialect of Pahari. In 1857, when the British faced a rebellion in the Murree Hills, the Jasgam maintained their neutrality, and as such were left largely untouched by the colonial administration. A Jasgam family in the village of Salitta traditionally held the office of chief, but they no longer hold this position.
The Jasgam/Jaskham are mainly found in three tehsiles of district Rawalpindi,
<u>Kahuta Tehsil</u>
# Panjar
# Bara
# Saroha
# Daberan
# Manyand
# Phagwari Gala
# Salitha
# Sarai Kharbuza
# Rajrot
<u>Gujar Khan Tehsil</u>
# Mandrah
# Soura Khatril
# Qazian
Kallar Syedan Tehsil
# Chakiala
# Mohra Hiran
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