Wan Bhachran


The vertical opening of the well The word "Wan” means a water well referring to Baoli, built by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century. He built similar structures on every route his army followed. This Baoli was source of fresh water not only for humans but it was built in a way that animals as huge as an elephants could go down to drink water directly from the Well. The people started settling in the area due to availability of fresh water and the first tribe which settled there was "Bachar Tribe”, which contributed to the name of "Wan Bhachran” to this place meaning "The Well of Bachars”. According to reliable sources, the place was named as "Khichi” before the colonial period but was later recognised as "Wan Bhachran”. Bhachar, Miana Bhatti Thethia rajputs and Ghanjera are very main tribes of this area

Current State

Wan Bhacran is now a modern town with Higher Secondary School for Boys and Girls schools up to Matric. It has its own Digital Telephone Exchange and serves as a hub for many small villages around. The name of Wan Bhachran is well known in the politics of Mianwali District, as on several occasions, candidates from Wan Bhacran have been elected as member of Provincial Assembly.

The "Baoli” (water well) is still there, though water wells are no more in use and the condition of the Well is deteriorating. Appropriate measures should be taken to preserve the Well as a historical monument.

Tribes & Castes

1) Bhachar The Bachhars are Khokhar Rajputs. They state that their original home was in the Gujrat District, whence they moved, first to Buggi Bhooki near Girot in Sargodha District, and later to their present site, which was chosen on account of the "wan” or large well said to be built by the Emperor Sher Shah Suri. These wells were placed at intervals of about a day’s march apart on the road from Gujrat to Bannu and the North West Frontier Province. The name "Bachhar” seems to have been a form of endearment applied to them by some forgotten Pir. Their circumstances have been much changed of late, owing to their discovery that the soil of Thal was most suitable for the cultivation of gram. In appearance and general characteristics, they resemble the people of the Mianwali District.

2) Miana The Miana clan living at Wan Bhachran originated from Pindi Bhattian. They are Bhatti Rajput by caste. According their pedigree chart and the famous book Punjab ka muqadma by Hanif Ramay they are directly descended from the famous Rai Abdullah Khan Bhatti mostly known as Dulla Bhatti whose one son was sent away as punishment from Mughal King Akbar. Who came here and settled here along with some of his tribal subjects and started living as a landlord. He fought with the neighbouring clans and took over their land. But somehow, his generations couldn’t be prevalent here and most of them died in young ages or early adulthood. So, they are not in mass numbers here but always have been noted for their bravery and nobleness. They are said to be Miana, because their ancestor was a holy man who stopped fighting with the tribes over the land and became a holy man. Some Miana living in Wan Bhachran use title of Malik while others still use Mian with their names.

3) {Ghanjera} it is an offshoot of Bhachars.

Ghanjera tribe is much famous because of bravery and strength. Their origin is khokhar awan and came from shah pur near jehlam river, first they settled in wan bhachran but left after conflict with bhachers. The bandial are also khokhar awan and both are offshoots of awans.

Famous personalities
Malik Ahmed Khan Bhacher Leader Muslim Leeg N Mianwali Famous Landlard.
Mian Abdul Razaq Miana Bhatti Shaheed (Air Vice Marshal. Died in the plane crash along with ACM Mashaf Mir on 20th Feb 2003)
Malik Aftab Ahmad Kundi (Distributor Unilever Pakistan Limited)
Malik Rajmir Maibal (PAEC Chashma)

Malik Dost Muhammad Bhachar Mian Muhammad Feroze (Head Master Elementary School Wanbhachran) Malik saleem akhtar ghanjera (president District Bar Mianwali) G.M.Ghanejra Malik Skinder Hayat Thethia falcon Dealer Mian Nawaz Sallar (Very active member of NGOs) Maolana hussain Ali Late Dr. Amir Muhammad (PhD. in agriculture) Malik mumtaz Bhachar Engg.Mian Fahad Qayyum(FIA) Mian Asif Hayat (Professor Abdul Razzaq Fazia college Mianwali) Malik muzaffer Ghanejra Mian Arshad Ilyas (Neutration Cordinating Officer) Malik alam sher ghanjera Malik Qaiser Iqbal Thethia Journilist roshan zameer malik malik allah dad present union nazim wan bhachran malik dost muhmmad ghanjera late malik ahmad khan bhachar adil rasheed Dr professor aslam malik malik sardar aroori khel late professor muzaffer malik late


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