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The Tareen ( ) are a prominent Pashtun tribe residing in Afghanistanmarker and in Pakistanmarker. Tareen is the name one of the largest Pashtun tribes, with members living in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


The Tareen are an important and big Pashtun tribe, they played a key role in Sultan Muhammad Ghori's army and showed great bravery. The Tareen tribes of Hazara migrated from Kandaharmarker as well as the Pishin Districtmarker of Balochistan in the 17th century CE under the leadership of Sher Khan Tareen.

Ahmed Shah Abdali on his conquest of India deputed powerful tribal chiefs with conquered areas. In the Hazara region, amongst these deputed chiefs were Najeebullah Khan Tareen, Sa'adat Khan Swati of Garhi Habibullahmarker, Mir Zabardast Khan Tanoli (also known as Suba Khan Tanoli, and some others. Tareens have some history with other Pashtun tribes of Hazara Division, uniting against Sikhs during the period of Sikh rule. People like Sardar Muhammad Khan Tareen and Sardar Bostan Khan Tareen are heroes for their staunch resistance against the Sikh empire, now revered as heroes of Hazara history. In the History of Pishin the leading men among the Tor Tareen in Pishin (1905) were Khan Sahib Iskan Khan Noorzai, Khan Bahadur Khan Batezai, Malik Marsala Khudaidadzai, Malik shakoor Khudaidadzai , Malik Baz Heikalzai and Malik Muhamad Noor Tareen Alizai member was shahi Jirga in 1900.

Branches of the Tareen Tribe

The famous Khels and subsections of the Tareen tribe are

Toor Tareen is credited by local tradition as having had a son, 'Babo', who in turn had two son Ali and Haroon or Harun or . The descendants of Ali are known as the Alizai, while those of Haroon or Harun are divided into four (5) principal sections, viz:

Raisani is a Tareen (Toor Tareen) tribe in Balochistan, Pakistan. The Raisani are an influential tribe among the Tareen tribes, their Chief being the head of the Sarawan division of the Tareen confederacy. Tipu Sultan was the great empiror of Toor Tareen tribe. Now a days the Raisani tribe is called in the Brahui tribes, but it is wrong. The leader of each tribe is called Sardar. The Raisani tribal chief is called the Chief of Sarawan. The present Chief of Sarawan and Nawab of Raisani Tribe is Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani, son of late Nawab Mir Ghaus Baksh Khan Raisani Chief of Sarawan (Shaheed).The other prminent son of Nawab Ghaus Baksh Raisani is Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, Sanetor and President of PPP Balochistan.

The principal sections into which the tribe is divided are the Sirajzai, Rustamzai, Sahizai, Ráhusainzai, Isiáni, Mehráni and Pandráni. With the exception of the Sardar Khéls, who live at Mithri in Kachi.

The founder of the Durrani dynasty, Ahmad Shah Abdali, originated from the Abdali or Bor Tareen tribe but changed the name later to Durrani. The current President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is Popalzai from Kandaharmarker. The Sadduzai are a lineage of the Popalzai clan of the Abdali sub-tribe of the Tareen - Abdal Tareen tribe of Pashtuns. Most of the notable Afghan kings and rulers belong to Sadduzai and Barakzai clans.

The term Abdal, however, gradually superseded that of Bor Tareen and came into special prominence when Ahmad Shah Abdali commonly known as Durrani, began his career of conquest. The Achakzais are, in strictness, a branch of the Barakzai but Ahmad Shah, Durrani himself an Abdal Tareen, fearing the growing numbers of the Barakzai, separated them from the parent stock, since which time their organization has remained distinct. It is still used, though sparingly, for the Achakzais, who have become localised in Toba and are regarded as a separate political unit from the rest of the Tareens.According to Hyat Khan history of Afghanistan, from their progenitor Bor Tareen, otherwise known as Abdal, are descended two (2) main division the Zirak and the Panjpai:

In Balochistan the major Sub-tribes of Tor Tareen are KHUDAIDADZAI (the Aghakhel or Pirkhana of Tareen Tribes) and NOORZAI or NURZAI (the Chief [Sardar or Khan] of Tareen Tribes) and these are the subtribes of Haroonzai tribe in Pishin.Haroonzai, Alizai, Noorzai, Khudaidadzai, Saimzai, Lalazai, Millizai, Shadizai, Mohammadzai, Batezai, Heikalzai, Sheikhalzai, Kamalzai, Khanzai, Omerzai, Habibzai, Sopanzai, Sakhizai, Balozai, Segi, Raisani, Wazir, Jam, Sulaiman, Omchai are the closest Pashtun tribes to Tareen in the region of Hazara division, and in Multan too. Abdaal Tareen or Abdali, is now a separate tribe, and usually goes by the name Durrani.

The Durrani confederacy is one of the two most powerful tribal confederacies in Afghanistan, and is no longer considered part of the Tareen tribe. The other is led by the Ghilzai tribe. Tareens were from southern Afghanistan, then they migrated to India. Tareen's were a powerful race. They are now mostly in Pakistan, Europe, Afghanistan, Canada, America. The Tareens were later passed onto Muslims as last names and first names. That is the history of the Tareens.

The Tareen tribes are Sardar's, Khan's and Malik's (Chiefs). The SARDAR's or KHAN's of Toor Tareen tribe are settled in Distt Pishin Balochistan named Sardaran or Khanaan Family of Torashah village, they are Haroonzai - Noorzai sub-tribe of Toor Tareen. The SARDAR of Spin Tareen are settled in Distt Loralai Tehsil Dukki and Harnai Distt.

Tareen Residence

The base of Tareen tribe is in TAREEN KOWT Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan and Pishin near Quetta in Balochistan province of Pakistan. This area was formerly a part of Afghanistan but was ceded to the British after the Second Afghan War. Some families migrated to Haripurmarker in Hazara Division in the present North West Frontier Provincemarker of Pakistan (then part of British India. The Tareens have a sizeable presence in Multan since the times of Ahmad Shah Abdali Durrani.

They are living in the Afghanistan, Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Tareen Kowt, Pishin, Mastung, Gulistan, Quetta, Ziarat, Loralai, Harnai, Sharaga, Khost, Sanjavi, Dukki, Bolan, Sibi, Gandava, Qallat, Usta Mohammad (District Jafferabad), Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Lodarahan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Attock,Chhachhmarker, Peshawar, Haripur, Abbotabbad (Hazara Division) and in Sindh.

One Abdul Karim Khan Tareen migrated from Multan to Istanbul (Then capital of erstwhile Ottoman Turkey) in mid-nineteenth century and his descendents are living in Turkey but they do not use the Surname "Tareen", instead they use the name "Bey". Detailed History of Tareens is available in Sir Olaf Caroe's book The Pathans, Dewan Hakam Chand (Extra Assistant Commissioner)'s book "Tawareekh Multan" (Histories of Multan) Published 1878 AD (One volume available in the Multan Public Library, Bagh Langhe Khan, Multan), and the "Imperial Gazetteer of Quetta and Pishin Districts" (Published in late nineteenth century by the Government of Baluchistan at Peshawar).However a considerable population of Tareen Pathans settled down in India and adopted Urdu/Hindi as their first language.

Mainly Toor Tareens are settled in Quetta, Pishin, Saigi (Gulistan), Ziarat, Haripur, Multan, Kandahar, Helmand, Orzgun - Tarin Kowt Afghanistan etc. And Spin Tareens are settled in Quetta, Loralai, Harnai, Dukki, Sinjavi etc. The Zharh Tareens are mainly settled in Mastung. And Bor or Abdal Tareens are settled in Afghanistan in Kandahar, Helmand, Farah and in Pakistan in Qilla Abdullah Khan, Pishin, Quetta.


The Principal language of Tareens is Pashto while formerlys Persian was used as the language for records and correspondence also tombstones up to late nineteenth century are in Persian. The language of the TAREEN tribes settled in Pishin, Quetta, Gulistan and Dukki (Distt. Loralai) are just like the language are spoken in Kandahar. Those who have settled away from Pishin speak local languages (Pushto), such as Multani or Sraiki in Multan, Hindko in Hazara, Urdu in Bhopal and Sindhi in Sind. TAREENO, a dialect of Pashto, is the language spoken by Harnaimarker Tareens.


Kandahar District (Afghanistan)

Tareen are found in Kandahar, Orzgun and in Helmand in Afghanistan. A provincial capital of Orzgun in central Afghanistan is also named "Tareen Kowt" (Meaning castle of the Tareens). In Afghanistan the high rate of the Tareen's settled are the Bor or Abdaal Tareen's and after it Toor Tareens number came.

Balochistan Province (Pakistan)

Balochistan is the province of two brave tribes Pathan and Baloch. Tareen is the main tribe of Pathan. Tareen is mainly located in Balochistan in Quetta, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, Ziarat, Sanjavi, Harnai, Sharaga, Khost, Dukki, Loralai, Sibi, Usta Mohammad, Jhal Magsi, Ghandava, Mustung, Kalat, Khuzdar and many more places.

Quetta District

Quetta is a district in the north west of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Quetta then part of Afghanistan, was captured in second Afghan War (1879) by the British troops. The area was inhabited by the Kansi (Pashtun) Tribe. Being the outskirts of Kandahar, it was not much developed. With the arrival of British troops, doors of development were opened. Very soon people saw roads, train and Schools in the area. However the Britishers made a historic treachery by naming the Pashtun area as British Balochistan. (Word Balochistan was used for the first time in History). In April 1883 it was combined with Pishin into a single administrative unit. In 1975, Quetta and Pishin were made separate districts. Now the district consists of two Towns: [Zarghoon and Chiltan]. The district also comprises one Sub-Tehsil (Punjpai). Over 90% of the people of the area are Muslims. The population of Quetta district is estimated to be over 850,000 in 2005. Pashtun make up more than 80% of the population of the capital district while a large number of (Pakhtoon, comprising Kasi, Kakar, Tareen) Balochs, Khetran, Hazara, Muhair_Urud (often called as India till now) and Punjabi settlers also dwell in Quetta. The Population of Quetta saw two surges ie in 1970-71, when Quetta was made capital of newly formed province Balochistan. During this period large number of Balochs came to Quetta in search of jobs and settled due to the comparatively better infra structure and job situation. The second surge in population occurred in the 80s when a large number of Afghan refugees entered Quetta when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

Pishin District

In pishin (Urdu: پشین) District basically four tribes are living Namely Tareen , Kakar and Syed. The most ancient and educated tribe is Tareen Tribe. The leading men among the Tor Tareen in Pishin (1905) were Khan Sahib Iskan Khan Noorzai, Khan Bahdur Khan Batezai, Malik Arsala Khudaidadzai, Malik Pahakur Khudaidadzai , Malik Baz Heikalzai and  Malik Muhammad Noor Alizai. According to local tradation, the Malikyar subtribe first established the power of the Tareens in Pishin in the 14th century by cnquering the Zamands. According to The Gazetteer of Balochistan thus the land now occupied by the Karbala Syeds or Saiads are said to have belonged to the Khanzai Tareen, who made them over to the Syeds or Saiads in return for bearing portion of the burden entailed by the introduction of the gham-i-naukar system.

Tareen tribe is the SARDAR or KHAN (Chief) of Pishin. The Bravest and Courageous person of Pishin were Sardar Khair Mohammad Khan Noorzai Tareen (Sardar Khairo). Sardar Bashir Khan Tareen, Sardar Farooq Khan Tareen, and Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen are the main notable persons of the Sardar family. Their relative like Khan Wasay Khan Tareen Adv is also the notable person of Tareen family in Pishin. These Sardar's or Khan's sub tribe are HAROONZAI - NOORZAI of Torashah. These families migrated from Village Torashah to Pishin Bazar and Sardaraan Qilla. Other families of the Noorzai tribe are settled in Killi Torashah near Bund Khushdil Khan lake. These family named by Sardaraan - Khanaan - Malakzai and many more. These families are well educated and political persons. BATEZAI is also the KHAN of Tareen tribe and there notable persons were like Khan Badhur Khan Batezai Tareen and General Ayub Khan Batezai Tareen. KHUDAIDADZAI (the Aghakhel or Pirkhana of Tareen Tribes) are so respectful sub-tribe in Pishin.

In Distt Pishin there is a beautiful lake called Band Khushdil Khan near Killi Torashah. The people of these villages playing hunting in that lake. The duck hunting is so popular in Band Khushdil Khan.

Pishin has very good soil for production of good quality apple, cherry, almond, grapes, plum etc. Mianly these fruits and vegetables are produce in Torashah, Malikyar, Kamalzai, Sheikalzai, Khanzai. The main source of income for the large number of population is these orchards, despite livestock keeping.

Qilla Abdulla District

Qilla Abdullah or Killa Abdullah or Abdullah Qilla (Urdu: قلعہ عبد الله‎ ) is a district in the north west of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Prior to 1975 Qilla Abdulla was part of Pishin district. Due to administrative reasons Qilla Abdullah was separated from Pishin and was made a new District on 14 June, 1993. The District also consists of one tehsil Chaman and two sub-tehsils: Dobandi and Gulistan. The district consists of two sub-divisions: Chaman and Gulistan. The district Qilla Abdullah is named after Abdullah Khan Achakzai, who was a man of great influence. He was one of the two great leaders of the rebellion at Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1841, during which the British envoy was also killed. He bought Dehsora Karez from Kakars and Chashma Inzergai from the Ashezai Achakzai, in the early part of the 19th century. He then built a fort (Qilla) and gave the place his own name.[1] Over 99% of the people of the area are Muslims. The population of Qilla Abdullah district was estimated to be over 400,000 in 2005.

Major Tribes of Qilla Abdullah are Achakzai, Tareen, Kakar, Syed, Noorzai  etc. And major of Tareen Tribe is establed in Qilla Abdullah District areas name Segi. The most famous persons from the Segi (Tareen) tribe is ex-advisor government of Balochistan, Haleem Tareen and their Chiefs are Malik Niamat Tareen and Malik Abdul Rauf Khan Tareen.

Loralai District

Loralai is a district in the centre of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Loralai district was created in October, 1903. Loralai town is the district headquarters. Previously it consisted of Loralai, Barkhan and Musakhail Sub-Division. Musakhail and Barkhan were separated from Loralai and given the status of independent districts in 1992. The present boundaries of Loralai district contain two sub-divisions namely sub-division Duki and sub-division Bori. Duki sub-division is further divided into Tehsil Duki and Sub-Tehsil Sinjavi. Sub-division Bori consists of tehsil Bori and sub-tehsil Makhter. The district is controlled by a Deputy Commissioner. The population of Loralai district is estimated to be over 700,000 in 2005. Over 99% of the people of the area are Muslims. The vast majority of the population of Loralai district is Pashtun.

The major Tribes of Loralai are KAKAR, NASAR, KHILJI, TAREEN, LUNI etc. The Toor Tareen tribe is residing in Dukki killi and near Dukki city and the Spin Tareen tribe resides in Dukki city Thal Chotialai Nana sahab ziarat. The chief of tribe is Dr Sardar Mohammad Shafiq Tareen present elected Tehsil Nazim Duki, son of Sardar Faqir Mohammad Khan Tareen ex deputy commissioner, son of Khan Sahib Sardar Khan Mohammad Khan Tareen member of Shahi jirga before partition of the sub-continent, son of Sardar Bangul Khan Tareen Tumandar of Tareen. Sardar Mir Haji Tareen, Sardar Israr Tareen (MNA Distt. Loralai), and Sardar Mir usman Tareen is Sardar of Toor Tareen.

Ziarat District

Ziarat is a district in the north of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Ziarat district was registered in July, 1986. The district has only one Sub-Division (Ziarat) and one Tehsil (Ziarat). Thus Ziarat town (at an altitude of about 2,400 meters) is headquarters of the district of the Sub division, and also of the tehsil. Khilafat Hills are the highest peak with an altitude of 11.400 feet in Ziarat district. Ziarat has some of the oldest Juniper forests in the world. A tourist destination, the economy of the district also benefits from orchards of apples and cherries. The Ziarat district has the highest Human Development Index of all districts in the province. The Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days of his life in Ziarat Residency in Ziarat.

The population of Ziarat district is estimated to be over 100,000 in 2005. Over 99% of the people of the area are Muslims. The major tribes of Ziarat are Pathan tribes such as Kakar, Tareen (Toor) - (Vanechi) - (Raisani) and Dotani. The language of the district is Pashtoo. The main notable persons of the Zairat are Malik Siraj Khan Tareen, his son Malik Kareem Dad Khan Tareen who had done lot of Beneficial works for their Area.

Harnai District

Harnai is the capital city of Harnai District in the Balochistanmarker province of Pakistanmarker. The name Harnai refers to an influential Hindu personality, Harnam Das. It is located in the north east of Balochistan province. The town is surrounded by the cities Loralai, Ziarat, Sibi and Quetta. Harnai is surrounded by imposing hills on all sides. The encircling hills have the resounding names of Khalifat and Zargoon. Harnai has been very important due to its geography. Harnai was tehsil till 2007 but now it has become a well known district. The people of harnai are being proud of making it as district. The main hurdle in the way of making it district was the controversies in the political parties of Harnai. But still it became district in the mid of the year 2007.New district all cridt goes to Malik Gul Shah Khan Tareen .

Harnai has a population of about 200,000. The town is dominated by the TAREEN tribe of Pashtoon. TAREENO is the language spoken in the area, which is very different in dialect from the Pashtoo spoken in other parts of the province. Majority of the people of Harnai are TAREEN. The local people of Harnai are pushtoons. The most populous tribes of the town are Abdullani, Khadrani, Aspani, Miani, Shaikh, Vanechi, Maraizai, and Bazani etc

The most famous personality of Harnai are Malik Fazil Khan (late), Shaheed Malik Gul Shah Khan.Persent famous personality is son of Shaheed Malik Gul Shah Khan Is Malik Mehrullah Khan Tareen. He Belongs to Khidrani tribe.Prof: Shadi khan tareen,Maulana Naseeb ullah (Ex caretaker governor Baluchistan & Ex Deputy Speaker of Baluchistan Provincial Assembly),Engr Saeed Khan Tareen [Orlando(USA)],Flying Officer Atta ur rehman Khan Tareen(Pakistan Air Force),Peer Tareen(Renowned Artist settled in Australia (Brisbane),Sardar Nawab Khan Tareen,Malik Sultan Tareen,

Hazara Tareen

The Hazara Tareens have also produced prominent Tareens such as Sardar Sher Khan Tareen, Sardar Bostan Khan Tareen, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan Tareen, Ali Gohar Khan Tareen (1908 -1986)

Dera Ghazi Khan

Tareen are also in dera ghazi khan, most famous personalities are professor Fayyaz Ahmad Khan Tareen, subject specialist Chemistry, retired principal of government degree collage Dera Ghazi Khan.Perveez Khan Tareen, DSP (punjab police) also very famous of tareen in Dera Ghazi Khan.Well known Documentay Maker Faisal Hasan Tareenmarker Also Belongs to Tareen Tribe

Sarai Tareen

Sarai Tareen is a town in the city sambhal of Moradabad district in U.P. india. This town is dominated by the TAREEN tribe of pashtoon. Shah Fatahullah,a famous saint, came here from afghanistaan,via FATEHPUR SIKRI. with his family and followers and named this place after the name of his tribe. SARAI TAREEN is famous for its handicrafts.NADEEM TEREEN,QARI HAFIZ QAMARUDDIN KHAN TAREEN,AQILURRAHMAN KHAN TAREEN are famos personalities of this town.


Ahmed Shah Abdali

Ahmad Shāh Durrānī (c.1723–1773) (احمد شاه دراني), also known as Ahmad Shāh Abdālī and he is tribe of Bor or Abdal Tareen and subtribe of Tareen and later he change his name from Bor or Abdali Tareen to Durrani and born as Ahmad Khān Abdālī, was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is regarded by many to be the founder of modern Afghanistan.[2][3] After the assassination of Nader Shah Afshar, he became the Amir of Khorasan[4][5] and later became the founder and ruler of his own Empire. The Pashtuns of Afghanistan often call him Bābā ("father").Ahmad Khan (later Ahmad Shah) was born in Multan, Punjab, in what is now Pakistan. He was from the Sadozai section of the Popalzai clan of the Abdali Pashtuns, and he was the second son of Mohammed Zaman Khan, chief of the Abdalis. In his youth, Ahmad Shah and his elder brother, Zulfikar Khan, were imprisoned inside a fortress by Hussein Khan, the Ghilzai governor of Kandahar. Hussein Khan commanded a powerful tribe of Pashtuns, having conquered the eastern part of Persia a few years previously and trodden the throne of the Safavids.In around 1731, Nader Shah Afshar, the new ruler of Persia, began enlisting the Abdalis in his army. After conquering Kandahar in 1737, Ahmad Khan and his brother were freed by the new Persian ruler. The Ghilzai were expelled from Kandahar and the Abdalis were allowed to settle there instead.

Muhammad Khan Tareen Shaheed

Pakistan's first native Army Chief and also the first military dictator of that country, Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan belonged to a Tareen family whose members have always left behind their mark on battlefields. Three such members of Muhammad Ayub Khan’s family stand up at this occasion; Muhammad Khan Tareen, Bostan Khan Tareen and Ghulam Khan Tareen. These were the ones who attained martyrdom but never even gave a second thought of bowing their heads before the enemy. Ayub Khan's image as a strong General, however, was a bit affected after the Indo-Pakistan war in 1965.

General Ayub Khan Batezai Tareen

Muhammad Ayub Khan (Urdu/Pashto: محمد ايوب خان) HJ, NPk (May 14, 1907 - April 19, 1974) was born in Rehana, Haripur. He were the tribe of Toor Tareen, Batezai (Pishin). Their family is migrated from Qilla Batezai Pishin, Balochistan to Haripur. Muhammad Ayub Khan Tareen is one of the most famous members of the Tareen. He fought in Burma during WWII and was a Field Marshal during the mid-1960s, and the political leader of Pakistan from 1958 to 1969. He became Pakistan's first native Commander in Chief in 1951, and was the youngest full-rank general and self-appointed field marshal in Pakistan's military history. He was also the first Pakistani military general to seize power through a coup.

He would later go on to serve in the second cabinet (1954) of Muhammad Ali Bogra as Defence Minister, and when Iskander Mirza declared martial law on October 7, 1958, Ayub Khan was made its chief martial law administrator. This would be the first of many instances in the history of Pakistan of the military becoming directly involved in politics.

Sardar Bashir Khan Noorzai Tareen

Sardar Bashir Ahmad Khan Tareen was born at Pishin in Balochistan in 1938 in the Sardar home. His sub tribe is Haroonzai - Noorzai of Toor Tareen and migrated from Killi Torashah to Pishin Bazar. He is the son of Sardar Nazar Muhammad Khan Tareen, youngest brother of Sardar Khair Mohmmad Khan Tareen and brother of Sardar Naseer Khan Tareen and uncle of Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen and relative of Khan Wasay Khan Tareen Adv. He received his early education at the local High School and opted for agriculture and maintenance of the family lands and property. He took special interest in the development of his area and started his political career by joining National Pakhtoon Khawah Balochistan in 1972. He held the office of the Provincial Minister for Social Welfare and Religious Affairs and was again taken as Minister for Food and Fisheries in the caretaker government of Balochistan. He joined Jamhoori Watan Party in August 1990 and remains as a Founder-Member of the JWP. He has been to Afghanistan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA and Saudi Arabia on private, political and official errands. He is a Sardar of the Tareen Tribe and was elected to the Senate in March 1991 for a six-year term. He is Parliamentary leader of Jamhoori Watan Party in the Senate. He is Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power and is also represented in Senate Committees on Local Government and Rural Development and Works and Environment and Urban Affairs.

Sardar Naseer Khan Noorzai Tareen

Sardar Naseer Khan Tareen was born in district Pishin in Sardar home. His sub-tribe is Haroonzai - Noorzai of Toor Tareen and migrated from Killi Torashah to Pishin Bazar. He is the son of Sardar Nazar Muhammad Khan Tareen, youngest brother of Sardar Khair Mohmmad Khan Tareen and brother of Sardar Bashir Khan Tareen and uncle of Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen and relative of Khan Wasay Khan Tareen Adv. Sardar Naseer Khan Tareen, a US trained professional film-maker discovered this when he was commissioned by the Government of Balochistan to make a film on the allegedly rich wildlife of the province in 1984. During the filming, Sardar Naseer came across a pocket of some of the last remaining populations of Suleiman Markhor and Afghan Urial in Torghar. When Sardar Naseer realised that nothing was being done by either the government or the local tribesmen to save these wild ungulates from extinction, he took the difficult task upon himself, turning into a self confessed accidental environmentalist.

At the time, his father was the Sardar (or chieftain) of the Tareen tribe, as is his nephew today (although the actual power passes traditionally from father to eldest son in Balochistan, all the sons can use the title of Sardar).

Sardar Naseer’s ancestral home is an old fort located about 30 kilometres north of Pishin, and is still inhabited by members of his extended family. Sardar Naseer comes from Balochistan, from a town called Pishin near Quetta. In his early 60s, he is a tireless traveler and a cultured man. He has all the sophistication of a globe-trotter who is equally at home in both the east and the west. He remains a bachelor to this day, saying “This is why I have all the time in the world for my work.” Sardar Naseer received his initial schooling in Pishin, later moving to Quetta and Lahore for his higher education. He attended Lahore’s prestigious Government College from 1953 to 1958 before leaving for the USA. “I was going to study International Relations… but instead I switched to communication and got admitted to The California Institute of Arts,” he says with a wide smile. In the 1960s The Cal Arts was a highly selective institution, only those who showed promise of outstanding talent were granted admission. While Sardar Naseer thoroughly enjoyed his studies in Cinema-Graphic, back in Balochistan his conservative family got upset over their son’s unconventional decision to pursue the arts. He nevertheless completed his training and decided to stay on in the USA.

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