Khattar in Pakistan

Joshua Project has identified the Khattar only in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They are essentially a 'Punjabi' tribe/people numbering around 120-150,000 altogether, in Pakistan and India. In historical terms, 'Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan' (1892-1942) a prominent Punjabi politician, is the best-known representative of this tribe, and belonging to the famous 'Hayat Family' of Wah, in Punjab. Over the last 50-60 years, the tribe, especially its main/chief families in Pakistan, have intermarried with some Kashmiri and Pushtun/Pakhtun families.

Where Are they Located?

Around 68% of the Khattars are found in the 3 districts of Pakistan's North Punjab i.e Rawalpindi, Attock and Chakwa (2000 Census of Pakistan)l-- and in addition,there are some populations in Jhang and Layyah districts in Southern and Central Punjab and a sizeable population in India, in Indian Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
A very smal group of Khattars, by their own accounts, settled near/in Kabul, Afghanistan, some 150 to 200 years ago, as traders and this number has since assimilated with the locals there. Most of the Khattars speak Punjabi dialects although some also use Pahari and Urdu/Hindi.

What Are Their Lives Like?

About 64% of Khattars in Pakistan and India are rural, agrarian cultivators, mostly small-holders but with some big/notable landowners amongst them, too. In North/Pakistani Punjab, a fair number of therm also enter the military and civil sevices.
Urban Khattar populations are rather scattered, mostly settlers from the rural areas. In Pakistan they are mostly in Rawalpindi and Lahore cities; whilst in India, in Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Bareilly, Agra and some other cities too. The Indian urban Khattars are more dynamic and go in quite a lot for business and commercial activitry, in addition to government service.
As a race, the Khattars especially in the rual areas, tend to be of average wheatish complexion, with occasional variations of very fair and very dark; and they are a robust and healthy people, although not bulky or heavily muscled, but slim and tall. They generally have very expressive features and eyes and are quite direct and outspoken in speech.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In Pakistan, almost all Khattars are Muslims of the Sunni sect, and often quite devout in the rural areas. Those in India are mostly Hindus as well as some Sikhs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khattars are a prominent race in Punjab, and generally well off, except for the very smallest land-holders or tenant farmers. Their general condition would also greatly improve with the availability of water resources in their main areas in Pakistani Punjab; and with greater access to primary and secondary and vocational education.

Prayer Points

Pray the Khattars may see the light, and be brought into the fold.
Pray for education and greater awareness.
Pray they may move away from their sometimes violent ways towards pece, love and tolerance.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Khattar
People Name in Country Khattar
Population in Pakistan 91,000
World Population 91,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kahtar, Kathar, Khatu
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Jat
People Name General Khattar
Ethnic Code CNN25#
People ID 19448
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (65,000) Islamabad (17,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (8,500) Federally Administer (30)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (65,000) Islamabad (17,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (8,500) Federally Administer (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (48,000) Urdu (17,000) Pashto, Central (14,000) Pashto, Northern (2,200)
Hindko, Northern (2,100) Hindko, Southern (2,100) Shina, Kohistani (600) Saraiki (200)
Shina (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 48,000 Urdu 17,000
Pashto, Central 14,000 Pashto, Northern 2,200
Hindko, Northern 2,100 Hindko, Southern 2,100
Shina, Kohistani 600 Saraiki 200
Shina 200
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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