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Junejo

Junejo (Urdu: جونیجو‎, Sindhi: جوڻيجو) is the name of a Samma Sindhi Rajput tribe in Sindh and in some parts of India mostly in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab. Their primary language is Sindhi in Sindh and Hindi and Gujarati in India.

Junejo are also known as Jam in some circles. The Jams from Sanghar and Kazis from Paat, Dadu district and Hyderabad district are also Junejos. The members of the Junejo clan are mostly involved in agriculture, politics and services.

History

Junejos were the descendants of Jam Juno, brother of Jam Tamachi also an avid lover of Noori (Sindhi folklore, see Noori Jam Tamachi) who became King of Sindh after Jam Tamachi. Jam Tamachi and Jam Juno fought and those who were in favour (sons and followers alike) of Jam Juno came to be known as Junejo. Junejo literally means Sons of Juno; Jo means 'of' in Sindhi and June refers to 'Jam Juno' meaning descendants of Jam Juno. They originally to the Rajasthan area including Jaiselmir and the south-western part of Sindh, found in Sanghar, Tharparkar, Larkana, Dadu, Thatta and Badin districts of Sindh. Jam Sunjar was king of Sindh and his direct family history connects to Junejo tribe.

Distribution:

They are largely located in the Sindh province in the vicinities of the following regions and districts: Nawabshah, Sanghar, Hyderabad, Larkana, Badin, Thatha, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Sanghar, Larkana, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar Noshahro Feroze, Thatta and in Rajasthan and Juna Garh regions of India.

Prominent personalities of Junejo clan include: • Raees-Ul-Muhajireen Barrister Jan Muhammad Junejo - Leader of the Khilafat and Hijrat Tehreek[1] • Khan Bahadur Mohammad Hayat Junejo • Jam Kambhu Khan • Sahib Khan Junejo[2] • Ghulam Rasool Junejo - Former District Council Chairman, Tharparkar • Haji Muhammad Panah Junejo[3] • Jam Sadiq Ali - Former Chief Minister Sindh[4] • Chakar Ali Khan Junejo - Former Ambassador MPA[5] • Shahnawaz Khan Junejo - Former Federal Minister, MNA and Senator[6] • Mohammad Khan Junejo Former Prime Minister of Pakistan • Ali Khan Junejo, former Federal Minister • Noor Nabi Khan Junejo, Former Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh • Haji Amir Bux Khan Junejo, Ex-MPA • Khair Muhammad Junejo, former Federal Minister • Jam Mitha Khan Junejo, Former Chairman District Council, Mirpur Khas • Roshan Junejo – MNA • Pervaiz Ahmed Junejo , Senior Joint Secretary , Government of Pakistan[7] • Farhat Ali Junejo (PSP) , Deputy Inspector General of Police[8] • Jam Mashooque Ali, former Provincial Minister • Jam Madad Ali, former Provincial Minister • Masroor Ahmed Junejo, Ambassador of Pakistan • Zulfikar Ali Junejo, Taghma-i-Imtiaz, Police Service[9] • Mr. Sajjad Junejo, Agriculturist and prominent social and political leader[10] • Asmatullah Junejo (PSP) , Superintendent of Police • Khursheed Ahmed Junejo , Former Ambassador to U.A.E. • Baz Muhammad Junejo , Member Sindh Public service Commission[11] • Nazar Muhammad Junejo , Agriculturist and prominent social and political leader[12]

Juneja of Pakistan

They are found in Nawabshah, Sanghar, Hyderabad, Shahdadkot, Larkana, Ubaro, Badin, Shikarpur, Sindhri, Dadu, Badin, Mirpurkhas and Thatta, Khairpur Districts. The general occupation of rural Juneja is agriculture. In addition, members of the Junejo clan remain influential politicians with considerable representation in the services including education.[13] They follow Sunni sect of Islam. Junejos are generally regarded as hospitable, generous and chivalrous.[14][15]

Juneja of India

In India, the Hindu Juneja are found mainly in the districts of Amerli, Rajkot and Kutch, all in Gujarat. They speak a dialect of Kutchi, which has several Sindhi loanwords. A good many are Maldhari pastoral nomads found in the Banni region of Kutch. The Juneja of Gujarat have also been associated with Hikmat, the practice of medicine, and the community has produced many prominent doctors. They have close links with other Kutch Samma tribes such as the Halaypotra, Hingora and Hingorja.[16]

References

  1. ^ http://books.google.com.pk/books?id=j8wrDHqwEFIC&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84&dq=Jan+Muhammad+Junejo&source=bl&ots=2CsX4icXuN&sig=kBUFA5wV51BVWjVEio5Z5J567Cc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9Cc-VLGbB43Waov2grAF&ved=0CDgQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=Jan%20Muhammad%20Junejo&f=false
  2. ^ http://hamariweb.com/directories/govt._boys_primary_school_sahib_khan_junejo.,_larkana_edu24704.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.tripmondo.com/pakistan/sindh/rais-muhammad-panah/attractions-in-rais-muhammad-panah/
  4. ^ http://donxilablog.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-great-late-jam-sadiq-ali.html
  5. ^ http://panhwar.com/Books_By_Sani/ZULFIKAR%20ALI%20BHUTTO_MEMOIR_CHAKIR_JUNEJO.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/147913/shah-nawaz-junejo-passes-away
  7. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/671948/mutual-cooperation-pakistan-egypt-to-strengthen-bilateral-ties/
  8. ^ http://www.officialnews.pk/45763/transferpostings-of-police-officers-in-sindh/
  9. ^ http://www.paklinks.com/gs/pakistan-affairs/94914-march-23rd-pakistan-day.html/
  10. ^ http://junejo-pakculture.blogspot.com/2011/03/messageappeal-from-sajjad-junejo.html
  11. ^ http://www.spsc.gov.pk/Contact_Info.htm
  12. ^ http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/karachi/18-Sep-2008/exiled-student-leader-wants-to-return-home
  13. ^ http://junejo-pakculture.blogspot.com/2011/03/junejo-tribe-in-sindh.html
  14. ^ Khan, Abdul Mabud (2001). Encyclopaedia of the world Muslims : tribes, castes and communities. Delhi: Global Vision Pub. House.  
  15. ^ The Castes of Marwar by Munshi Hardyal Singh page 43
  16. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan and M Azeez Mohideen pages 548-552
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