Dhund (also called as Abbasi) is a tribe found in Rawalpindi District, Hazara Division, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur and Bagh and Muzaffarabad districts of Azad Kashmir in Pakistan. They mainly speak Punjabi or Pahari dialects, as well as Hindko. The word Dhund was an honorary name given to one of their forefathers.
The tribe claims Arab ancestry. Dhunds claim to be descent from Abbas ibn Abdul-Muttalib, who was a Sahabi and the paternal uncle of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad; but another tradition makes Takht Khan who came with Taimur to Delhi, their ancestor and his descendant Zorab Khan went to Kahuta. Not with standing this claim to purely Muslim ancestry, Colonel Wace wrote of the Dhunds than "thirty years ago their acquaintance with the Muslim faith was still slight, and though they now know more of it, and are more careful to observe it, relics of their Hindu faith are still observable in their social habits", but there is no evidence that the tribe is of Hindu origin.
- Abbasi, Obaid Ur Rehman (22 March 2015). "'Mera gaon', Nagri Totial". Dawn. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
It is also in this valley that much of the famous Dhoond tribe of the Abassi family resides; the majority of the Abassis are descendants of the late Great Sardar Totta Khan and late Sardar Dehmat Khan, chieftains of the Dhoond tribe...
- "Tribes and Language". Murree Hill. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
Dhunds are the largest and most prominent tribe of Murree... Historically besides Murree, tribal abode of Dhund Abbasis include parts present day Islamabad Capital Territory, Tehsil Kahuta and Kotli Sattian of Rawalpindi, District Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra of NWFP and Deerkot tehsil in the Bagh district of Azad Kashmir.
- Taj, Muhammad (2001). "Remembering Our Warriors". Defence Journal. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
I belong to Dhund tribe, a dominant tribe of Murree Tehsil, which owes its origin to the dynasty of Hazrat Abbass, the uncle of prophet Muhammad. It is because of this linkage that more people from this area use the word Abbassi with their name.
- See PH Mayne Hill Tribes on the North-West Frontier and Punjab Lahore, 1945. pp 187-190; and Dani, AH , paper on 'Some Notes on the Major Ethnic Groups and Tribes of Northern Punjab' Islamabad: Quaid e Azam UP, 1972, np. Dani also informs that the Dhund were originally an offshoot of the older Karlal tribe and they eventually adopted the name 'Dhund-Abbasi' to reflect their conversion to Islam at the hands of one Syed Abbas Shah Gilani, during the 12th-13th centuries
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