Isa Khan

Tomb of Isakhan
Tomb of Isakhan

Tomb of Isakhan

Isa Khan

Isa Khan, the common ancestor of the Isakhel clan, left two sons, Zakku and Apu, and two grandsons, Badu (Badan) and Mammu. Their respective descendants are known by their patronymics. For many generations the clan was not governed by chiefs, but by its counsel of elders. In time feuds between the different sections became frequent, the numerically stronger domineering over the numerically weaker. Thus the Zakku Khels and Apu Khels were both weak, and the Badanzais and Mammu Khels strong. This state of things continued until the time of Khan Zaman, Zakku Khel. Procuring help from Ahmad Shah Durrani, he raised himself to the chief-ship, and so turned the tables on the two rival sections who had so long oppressed him.

In 1761 he led a troop of his clansmen to Panipat, and took part in the battle which destroyed Mahratta pretensions in Upper India. His son Umar Khan succeeded him and administered the southern parts of Isakhel in the interest of the Nawab of Mankera. It was this Umar Khan who excavated the canal called after him, and did so much to revive and develop canal irrigation. He was allowed one-quarter of all revenue collections made by him. Ahmad Khan, his son, succeeded to his position. Under him the fortunes of his house continued to improve until the Sikh conquest of Isakhel. When that had been effected, Ahmad Khan and his family took refuge in Bannu proper and in Dawar.

On his death in exile in 1838, Muhammad Khan his brother made terms, with his new masters, and was granted one-eighth of the revenues of IsaKhel and one-third of the proceeds from the alum pans at Kotki, instead of one-quarter of the former and all the latter, which he and his father before him had enjoyed in the Nawab’s time. But the rapacity of Diwan Lakhi Mal, the Sikh kardar, drove the family once more into exile, and it was not until nearly ten years later that they returned and were reinstated in all their old rights and privileges by Major Edwardes.

The restored Khan proved his gratitude a few months after wards by siding with us throughout the second Sikh war. His third son, Shah Nawaz, was killed in action near Multan in 1848 before the eyes of his benefactor, and his other sons joined Fateh Khan Tewana in withstanding the Sikhs in Bannu proper. Muhammad Khan died in 1855, having first divided his property into eight equal shares, one for each of his seven sons, and one for his grandson, Abdul Rahim Khan, son of the Shah Nawaz just mentioned. Government confirmed the jagir in perpetuity in the same shares after reducing the alum proceeds item to a sixth. When the mutiny broke out, the Khans again came forward and did right good service both in the neighbourhood of Delhi and in the district, for which they were rewarded with special life jagirs and pensions.

Below is their genealogical tree, omitting the common surname “Khan”:
1. Khan Zaman
1. Ahmad
2. Muhammad
1. Muhammad Alam (died 1877)
1. Abdul Samad
2. Shah Nawaz (died 1848)
1. Abdul Rahim
3. Muhammad Ayaz
4. Muhammad Sarfaraz
5. Abdullah
6. Zulfikar
1. Rab Nawaz
2. Sahibdad
3. Karimdad
7. Abdul Satar
8. Abdul Aziz

Of the sons of Muhammad Khan, Nos. 1 to 5 inclusive are by his senior wife, No. 6 by his second wife, and Nos. 7 and 8 by his youngest wife.

The children and grandsons by the two latter are all poor and thriftless, whilst those of the senior wife, who are also the eldest, are comparatively rich and thriving. Abdul Samad holds aloof from the rest of the family fancying that he should be recognized as its head.

Muhammad Sarfaraz is the ablest and richest man in the family. Besides his Isakhel lands and certain lands in Nar he has a grant in Shahpur, the net profits from which are large. Abdullah is an Extra Assistant Commissioner in Dera Ismail Khan.

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  1. kamrankhan says:

    niazi rocks

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  2. kamrankhan says:

    i am proud of niazi,s

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  3. Tariq nawaz says:

    I like esa khel.city.i live.in.behu saidian.

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