The Ghoryakhel (Pashto: غورياخېل) is Pashtun supertribe son of Kand son of Kharshbun son of Sarban, son of Qais Abdur Rashid, who lived in Ghwara Marghay Arghistan Qandahar but mostly settled in Ghazni on the basin of Tarnak River and Nangarhar, Logar, Kabul, Kunar, Kunduz of Afghanistan and also in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Peshawar Pakistan between the 15th and 16th century. The largest tribe belonging to the Ghoryakhel confederacy is Mohmand while other tribes belonging to the confederacy include Daudzai, Mulagori, Khalil, Shilmani, Zeerani, Daulatyar tribe, Chamkani tribe, Halimzai, Zakhil or Zakhilwal, Tarakzai, Khawezai.[1] The legendary Pashto Poet Rahman Baba also belonged to Mohmand subtribe of the Ghoryakhel.

According to Pata Khazana Pashtun History Book written by Abdulhai Habibi that Kharshbun and Sharkhbun are brothers. Kharshbun had three sons Kand, Zamand, Kasi and Sharkhbun had six sons Urmar, Babar, Baraich, Miana, Tareen, Sheerani. Kand had two sons Ghoryakhel and Khakhykhel, Zamand had five sons Muhammadzai and Kheshgi are more popular and Kasi had eleven sons Shinwari and Zhamaryani are more popular.

Ghoryakhel had four sons Daulatyar tribe, Zeerani, Khalil, Chamkani. Many historian mention in different Pashto and Dari books that Zeerani Pashtun tribe settled in Nangarhar Province, Laghman Province, Badakhshan Province Afghanistan and majority people speak Dari language and Pashto because of close relation and cross marriages with Tajiks. Daulatyar had two sons Mohmand, Daudzai, and Mulagori, Shilmani, Halimzai, Zakhil or Zakhilwal, Tarakzai, Khawezai. tribes are sub-section of Mohmand.

Hussain Bakhsh Kausar Ghoryakhel was a prominent leader of Abdul Ghaffar Khan's Khudai Khidmatgars hailed from Peshawar. He was a preeminent linguist and philologist of the 20th century in the greater Pashtun territories.He died in Peshawar in the 1990s.[2]

Ghoryakhel brother Khakhykhel had three sons Tarak, Mak, Mand Tarak popular with Tarkalani, Mak popular with Gigyani tribe, and Mand had two sons Yousaf, Umer so Yousaf popular with Yousafzai and Umer popular with Mandanr.


  • Daulatyar
  • Mohmand
  • Zeerani
  • Chamkani or Tsamkani, Tsakmani, Sekmani, Sekman
  • Khalil
  • Daudzai
  • Zakhil or (Zakhilwal)
  • Mulagori
  • Shilmani
  • Halimzai
  • Mattezai
  • Tarakzai
  • Khawezai

See also


  1. Ibrahim Sheikh Ghauri شېخ ابراهيم غوري. Khyber.ORG.
  2. Ghoriakhel. Khyber Tribe Listing. Accessed November 1, 2012.
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