A tribe in Khyber Pukhtunkhawa of Pakistan. They are of Dehqan and Tajik origins currently Pashto speaking,mostly living in Mansehra and Battagram districts.

The Swatis (Pashto: سواتي‎) are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting the Hazara region in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) of Pakistan. They are mostly found in the districts of Mansehra and Batagram, and to some extent in Kohistan as well. A number of Swatis are also settled in the Kashmir region.

Most of the Swatis in Hazara speak Hindko but some also speak Pashto.[source?]

Origins and historyEdit

Swatis are Pashtuns tribe from Afghanistan[source?] and migrated to the Swat valley in the early 13th century[source?], around the time of Mohammad Ghori[source?]. The Swatis defeated the local Buddhists and Hindus of Swat District[source?] and established their own rule. The Swatis ruled in Swat for four centuries[source?].

Later on, the Yusufzai tribe, who had recently migrated to Peshawar and Bajaur after their expulsion from Kabul by Governor Ulugh Beg Mirza in the 16th century,[source?] were welcomed by Swatis in the region. However, the Yusufzai pushed them out of Swat and took the area over themselves. Therefore, many Swatis crossed over into Hazara region and settled in their present homeland.[source?]

Clans and subtribesEdit

The Swatis are divided into three subtribes: Gabari, Mitrawi, and Mamaili[source?], while Lughmani are part of Gabari clan. Gabari are settled in Kaghan valley, Balakot, Garhi Habibullah, Mansehra, Dhodial, Shinkiari,Baffa, Batagram, Thakot and Konsh Valley.[source?] Mitrawi, and Mamaili are settled in Bherkund, Agror, Tikri Valley and Deshan of District Batagram[source?].The Allai area is inhabited by all the three subtribes.[source?] The Lughmanis are found in Baffa.

Notable SwatisEdit

  • Akund Saad-ud-din.
  • Wajih uz Zaman Khan a tribal and political leader of Oghi.[1]and
  • Babar Saleem Swati (jahangiri) and
  • Ayaz khan Advocate
  • lughmani(sarkeli)
  • Khadi Khan lughmani Baffa
  • Azam Khan Swati


  1. Provincial Assembly Entry on Wajih uz Zaman Khan Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7th December 2012