Introduction / History
The Maliar of Pakistan live in the Potohar region of the Punjab and in the Peshawar Valley. Their religion is Islam. Maliar comes from the Sanskrit language. Malakara meaning makers of garland.
The Maliar were not allowed to be involved in the armed forces as they were not classed as a martial race by the British when they were in charge. They were classed as non-martial because their lifestyle involved a lot of sitting down.
Where Are they Located?
In the Potohar region, the Maliar have large numbers in the Attock district where they are the fourth largest tribe. In the Attock district, Dhok Maliaran is one of their main villages. They live in most villages in the region of Potohar. In the Jhelum district, Kazi Hussain is a main Maliar village.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Maliar speak in the Potwari language or in Hindko which is similar.
Some of the Maliar have emigrated to western countries. Restrictions have been eased in Pakistan leading to those who work in horticulture becoming wholesalers of fruit and vegetables.
In the past the Maliar were mistreated by Pashtun landlords. The Maliar are farm tenants and small peasant farmers. In Punjabi, Maliar means gardener or cultivator.
* Pray that Christian materials will bring many of the Maliar to Jesus Christ.
* Pray against the hostility by Muslims in Pakistan towards Pakistani Christians.
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