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Dera Ismail Khan (Jagir)

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StatePakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prov.)
Area320,000 acres
Hindi Nameڈیرہ اسماعیل خان
Last Updated28th Aug, 2022

Short History

Dera Ismail Khan and neighboring countries in Punjab and the North-West Frontier (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) were ruled independently by the Nawab of Dera ancestors, until Sikh times.

The area of jagir lands held by the family in Dera Ismail Khan is about 320,000 acres, yielding a revenue of Rs. 36,887. They also hold nearly thirteen thousand acres in Multan.

The title Nawab of Dera is hereditary and Jagirs are perpetual.


  • Ghazi Khan
  • Momin Khan, married and had issue, five sons.
    • Haji Saadat Khan, married and had issue.
      • Nawab Muhammad Khan, had his head-quarters at Mankera and Bhakkar, governing Dera by deputy. He died in 1815, leaving no son.
    • Abdul Rehman Khan, married and had issue.
      • Hafiz Ismail Khan
      • Nawab Hafiz Ahmad Khan, took up his head-quarters at Dera Ismail Khan, married and had issue, died 1823 (or in 1825).
        • Nawab Sher Muhammad Khan, better better known under his honorary title of Shah Nawaz Khan. He married and had issue, died 1855.
          • Nawab Sarfaraz Khan, C.S.I., born 1823, a Magistrate, a member of the District Board, and Vice-President of the Municipal Committee. He did much to keep the peace on his portion of the border during the Sikh Rebellion of 1848-9. In 1868, he took part in the punishment of Kaura Khan, Kasarani, who had seized the person of Lieutenant Grey, then Deputy Commissioner, and carried him away in captivity. The Companionship of the Star of India was conferred upon him in 1885. He married and had issue.
            • Ghulam Kadir Khan
            • Nawab Alahdad Khan, an Extra Assistant Commissioner, married and had issue.
              • Major Nawab Sir Ahmad Nawaz Khan, born 1879.
              • Hak Nawaz Khan, born 1884.
            • Hakdad Khan, born 1830, a Magistrate, and a member of the Dera Municipal Committee, married and had issue.
              • Muhammad Khan, born 1887.
              • Muhammad Hyat Khan, born 1886.
            • Abdul Rahman Khan, born 1876.
              • Abdul Johar Khan, born 1894.
            • Abdullah Khan, died 1878.
              • Ahmad Khan, born 1876.
          • Muhammad Nawaz Khan, married and had issue, died 1873.
            • Haq Nawaz Khan, born 1853, served for some years as a Jamadar in the 4th Punjab Cavalry, Magistrate and a member of the Dera District and Municipal Committees. He helped the Deputy Commissioner during the late Afghan War by collecting camels in large numbers; and he accompanied the Takht-i-Suleiman Expedition in 1883. He married and had issue, died 1890.
              • Shah Nawaz Khan, born 1875.
              • Ahmad Nawaz Khan, born 1883.
            • Ahmad Yar Khan, born 1858, a Police Inspector in Baluchistan, married and had issue.
              • Sher Ahmad Khan
            • Ata Muhammad Khan, born 1858, served as as Deputy Inspector in Baluchistan Police, married and had issue.
              • Ahmad Nawaz Khan, born 1882.
              • Ghulam Sarwar Khan, born 1884.
              • Muhammad Hyat Khan, born 1891.
            • Muhammad Akbar Khan, born 1861, married and had issue.
              • Muhammad Akram Khan, born 1891.
              • Abdul Rehman Khan, born 1893.
          • Rab Nawaz Khan, born 1841, married and had issue.
            • Abdullah Khan, born 1859, married and had issue.
              • Mahmood Khan, born 1880.
              • Hamid Khan, born 1883.
              • Muhammad Kham, born 1886.
            • Haji Ghulam Mustafa Khan, born 1871, married and had issue.
              • Hamid Yar Khan, born 1893.
          • Dost Muhammad Khan, born 1845.
          • Sarbuland Khan, died 1843.

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