The Gakhars (also Gakkhar or Ghakhar or Ghakkar) are Suriyavanshi Rajput clan found predominantly on the India,Kashmir and Potohar plateau in the northern part of Pakistan's Punjab province. In the 1990s, Gakhars who professed Islam were reported to be most prevalent in Hazara district and in northern districts of Punjab such as Rawalpindi district. Hindu Gakhars have also been recorded, historically in areas such as the Punjab where a Gakhar ruled in the time of Babur.
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The Gakhars had engaged in a long-running battle 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.
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