Babai (Pashtun tribe)
The Babai (Pashto: بابئی or بابئے), also known as Babi (Pashto: بابی ), is a Gharghashti Pashtun tribe.
Babai was the third son of Ghurghust. He had four sons, Jabrael, Mikael, Israfiel, and Izrael, named after the four principle angels. However, these names were later changed to Mirzai, Sud, Israel and Katozai respectively. Historians points out a large and important tribe in Persia (Iran) called Babi which may be related to Afghan Babis.
This tribe lives mostly in Quetta, Pakistan and Zabol Province, Afghanistan.< The tribe speaks the most archaic and soft dialect of Pashto language, referred to as Kandahari Pashto dialect or the Southern Dialect.
The babi tribe of Junagadh State, India who formed Babi Dynasty also belong to the same Babai tribe and trace back their roots to Quetta. Apart from this many babi tribesmen live in India, but they do not speak Pashto as their mother tongue, unlike the Babais of Pakistan or Afghanistan
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- Babai, Khan (20 December 2014). "Babi tribe". www.barmazid.com.