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Sultan Raja Erij Zaman Khan

Sultan Raja Erij Zaman Khan is the present Chief of Gakhars. He is the great grandson of prominent Gakhar Chief Khan Bahadur Raja Jahandad Khan. In 1963, he succeeded his father Sultan Raja Rukan Zaman (Member West Pakistan Legislative Assembly/Pakistan Independence Medal). Raja Erij Zaman Khan was coronated Sultan by President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan in a grand coronation ceremony also attended by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
The Sultan is the heir of Khanpur Estate which at the time of Raja Jahandad Khan comprised 84 villages and area of 600 miles. Khanpur Estate was founded by Fateh Khan s/o Sultan Said Khan at the end of 16th centuary. Sultan Sarang gifted the estate to his grandson Fateh Khan. At that time the estate compromised of 225 villages including Dhund and Karral Hills.
The Sultan is nephew of Raja Sikander Zaman - former Chief Minister of North West Frontier Province. He is also the nephew (maternal) of Khan of Makhad, Sher Ahmad Khan. Raja Erij remained Member Majlis-e-Shoora during General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq's military regime. He was also elected Member of Provincial Assembly from Khanpur (NWFP).

     


He was educated at Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad. He is married and has 3 sons and a daughter:
Raja Sheraz Haider Zaman
Raja Seharyar Haider
Raja Fraz Haider
Princess Amber Erij Mughal Emperor Babur bestowed the title of Sultan to Raja Erij's forefather, the Gakhar Chief Sultan Sarang due to his influence and loyalty to the Emperor. Since the era of Emperor Babur, the Gakhar Chief uses this title as sign of prestige and authority. In Mughal era, Gakhars ruled from Attock to Jehlum. They struck their own currency and had the Chief's name in Khutbah. As policy of Mughals to win alliance, daughters of Gakhar Chiefs were married to the Mughal Royal Family - one to son of Emperor Akbar and the other to Emperor Aurangzeb. First Muslim invader, Mahmood of Ghazni (979-1030 AD), gifted the ruined city to a Gakkhar Chief, Kai Gohar. The town, however, being on invaders' route, could not prosper and remained deserted until Jhanda Khan, another Gakkhar Chief, restored it and gave the name of Rawalpindi after the village Rawal in 1493 AD. Saidpur Village, Islamabad was founded by Gakhar Chief Sultan Said Khan. He gave it as a gift to his daughter who was married in the Mughal Royal Family.