Top castes in Pakistan according to population percentage
You'll be quite surprised to see the list!
The South Asian region of the world possesses a long history of the caste system and its multitude of forms. Pakistanis, Indians, and other south Asian countries share the same cultural and religious roots. In all these regions, the caste system is founded on birth and based on the profession existing in the community.
Why does the caste system exist?
The caste system classifies people socially and divides them based on inherited social status. People are expected to marry and interact with people of the same social class within a caste system.
7 Top Castes in Pakistan
Various castes exist in Pakistan, but here are the top 7 Top castes in Pakistan that the majority are aware of:
In Punjab, the local Punjabis use Butt as a collective terminology, while Butt is a common surname used mainly in the Kashmir Valley. They are generally thought of as arrogant and proud people. Commonly known as healthy food lovers, the majority of Jutts are beautiful and attractive physically.
The Jutt people are a traditionally agricultural community in Northern Pakistan, majorly found as landowners. History portrays the Jutt as a brave, courageous and loyal caste, mostly settled in rural areas. Locals believe that marrying in this caste comes with disturbing peace and serenity within your household. That’s because they love to argue, are ready to initiate a fight, and are biased towards their caste brethren.
The literal meaning of the word Rajpoot is “son of the king”. They are a prominent social group in Pakistan who claim their ancestry from the ancient royal warrior dynasties of India and have roots in Rajpootana (part of Rajasthan). According to popular opinion, Rajpoots are courageous, loyal, self-sufficient, physically strong, resilient, coherent, hard-working, tenacious, and militarily strategic humans; more or less, they are considered as being a martial race.
The Arabic term Sheikh means “lord”, the elder of a tribe, honorable or Islamic scholar. Historically, Sheikhs came from Iran, Central Asian Turkish tribes, and Arabs. The title is generally attributed to Muslim trading families. On a social level, this caste’s people are conscious of their image and cooperative with their relatives. They marry in their own caste or kin group and are mostly known as money hoarders.
The Mughal dynasty initially ruled the Indian subcontinent. During the decline of the Mughal empire, most of the Mughals that survived were forced to flee. In the process, they abandoned their land and wealth. Due to their love for architecture, some Mughals started working as builders, while others adopted metalwork and carpentry.
Gujjar is considered an essential and historical tribe and presents a very diverse cast, both linguistically and religiously. The majority of Gujjars are found in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, primarily involved in agriculture (dairy and livestock farming) and residing as a pastoral community.
Qureshi signifies ancestry from the Quresh, the noblest Arab tribe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) belonged to. In South Asia, Qureshi is a multi-ethnic community spread across Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. The majority of the Qureshis reside in Sindh since the Arabs settled down there and married local women. In the Indian state of Bihar, the Quresh caste is primarily associated with the profession of butchery. The community members slaughter all sizes of cattle, from goats to buffaloes.
Each of the top 7 castes in Pakistan reflects their own importance of professions and occupations, which associates an individual status with each group. As the country develops and moves towards progression, will the people ever move away from the system of castes that have governed people’s beliefs to date?
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