The Gakhar or Gakkhar[note 1] are a clan found predominantly in Potohar plateau in northern Punjab province, Pakistan. Gakhars in Pakistan profess Islam, while Hindu Gakhars can still be found in parts of India.[better source needed] Historically, Hindu Gakhars were reported in the Punjab, where a Gakhar chieftain ruled under Babur.
The Gakhar had engaged in a long-running struggle for sovereignty over the Salt Range. Gakhars were renowned for their skill in building forts and fortified cities,[full citation needed] such as the Rawat Fort.
The history of this region (the Salt Range) from the thirteenth century onward had been a sickening record of wars between Various clans of Rajputs inlcuding the Janjuhas, Gakkhars, Thathals and Bhattis for political ascendancy.
- Other spellings are Ghakhar and Ghakkar
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