Thursday 30 November 2017


Yasir Arafat Satti (born 12 March 1982) is a Pakistani first-class cricketer. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast. He hails from Durnoyian, Kotli Sattian.

Yasir Arafat Satti is one such name, who has played in almost all the major leagues and created records one after another. Yasir is one of the most successful cricketers in county cricket and one of the few foreign players, who is playing county cricket in England for last 13 years in running.

He is an all-rounder of typically Pakistani ethos; ideal for ODI cricket but also you suspect capable of occasionally dangerous feats in Test matches. He is handy as a lower-order plunderer - he averages nearly 27 at first-class level though his bowling remains much his stronger suit.His type of straight, full, skiddy bowling politeness a slingy action accounted for Andrew Flintoff's wicket at an ODI in Karachi in December 2005. It has also helped him to nine wickets against England in a warm-up game earlier during the same series and it once accounted for five wickets in six balls in a domestic game in December 2004 (four of the five were either leg-before or bowled), a feat performed by only three other bowlers.

Apart from Abdul Razzaq and perhaps Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat is the only other genuine all-rounder to be produced by Pakistan in the 21st century. His immediate impact on domestic cricket saw him become a part of the Pakistan cricket team at the age of 17.

In 2004, Arafat performed the extremely rare feat of taking five wickets in six balls for Rawalpindi against the national champions Faisalabad in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. This had only been achieved three times previously in the entire history of first-class cricket: by Bill Copson in 1937, William Henderson in 1938 and Pat Pocock in 1972. Arafat was the only bowler to take the wickets spread over two innings.

On 8 December 2007, Arafat made his Test match debut for Pakistan against India in Bangalore in the third and final Test of the series. He displayed his all-round abilities by taking 7 wickets in the match including a 5-wicket haul, and scoring 44 in the first innings.

He can generate pace and when conditions are helpful, swing.An inspiring start to the 2007 county season with Kent, where he starred with ball as well the bat, saw Arafat being awarded a central contract for the first time. With injuries to Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul, Arafat was called up as replacement and made his Test debut against India at Bangalore in December 2007.He has good knowledge of English conditions, having played league cricket and for Scotland, he was recruited by Sussex in the 2006 Championship season. In his first three games, he took 17 wickets with two five-wicket hauls as well as scoring a couple of fifties. He has been on the fringes of the Pakistan squad for a number of years though given the all rounders ahead of him - Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and even Shoaib Malik.

Tuesday 28 November 2017


By: Agha H Amin

I had the honour of meeting Ex Brigadier Sadiq Khan Satti (Military Cross) in January 1982, when he was writing his book Bang E Dara in English.

I must add that most substantial soldiers I have met or read about in life belong to Murree and Kotli Sattian tehsil of Rawalpindi District.

Ex Brigadier Sadiq Khan Satti, the subject of this write up. Brave warrior against a set of hopeless politicians who dared not step into Kashmir during the entire time that 1947-48 war was fought, although Nehru was roaming around in Kashmir as if it was a market place behind his house in Delhi.

Great war hero of 1947-48 war Brigadier Tommy Masaud Khan Satti, who boldly took the armoured  cars of Pavo 11 cavalry in Kashmir and captured Bhimber, Mirpur and Chamb.

Great Major Zohrab Abbasi 15 SP a member of a court of inquiry, who supported me like a lion, against all odds including a hostile Brigade commander and commanding officer and helped vindicate my position against my commanding officer.

Brigadier Muhammad  Taj Abbasi SJ and Bar, who i had the honour of interviewing in early 2001.

Risaldar Maghfoor Shah (Pindi), who was a great and loyal friend. 

Major Shahid Naeem Satti, 22 Cavalry, a great colleague and senior in tactical wing armour school. His father was also a good friend of my father in the corps of Engineers. 

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                                                          Brigadier Taj Abbasi

Monday 27 November 2017


Dr. Jahangir Satti is a Scientist, Clinical Professor, Medical Physicist and an Author, who is a diplomat of American board of Radiology (since 2006), Fellow of American Academy of Nano-medicine, and Associated Faculty at the Center for X-Ray Optics in the State University of New York at Albany. He hails from Malot Sattian.

He received his M.S. in Radiological Physics from CAMPEP program of Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and PhD in Computer Engineering from the same University. He then received a post-doctorate in Diagnostic Medical Physics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and another post-doctorate in Radiation Oncology from the Stanford University, California.

Dr. Satti is currently serving as a Medical Physicist/Clinical Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology in Albany Medical College. He has authored over three dozen research articles and conference abstracts.

How people describe him

"Jahangir Satti is a born scholar, genius, intelligent, sober, silent among groups we work together. From academic to professional and social life he proved himself a leader. He is a professor of his field."

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Click here to read his book "Reverse Breast Cancer-an alternative approach"

Click here for his book "Vital Energy through detoxification"

Click here to read his book "Homeo-Nano Medicine: Collected Works"

Click here to read his book "The Ruling Enemy"

Click here to read his book "Far-Western Himalayan Pahari Language-Its Origin and Evaluation"



Captain Khizar Mehmood Satti Shaheed

Born on 8 July 1983 at Malot Sattian.

Unit 35 A.K 

Embraced Shahadat on 28th may 2011 at Wali Dad Top, Mohmand Agency.

Awarded Sitara-e-Bisalat for his bravery 

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Sunday 26 November 2017


Kotli Sattian is an extension of the Indo-Himalayan ecological region that falls in the transitional zone of Irano-Saharan ecosystem which extends to the Southwest.This is a very beautiful subdivision of district Rawalpindi (Punjab), Pakistan which is bounded on the east by the river Jhelum, on the southwest by the river soan: an ancient historical river of subcontinent and on the northwest by the Murree subdivision: a scenic hill station of Pakistan. It is also bounded on the south by Kahuta subdivision. Kotli Sattian touches the Kashmir territory on the east by bridging the River Jhelum and on the southwest, it is the next door neighbor of Islamabad, The Federal Capital of Pakistan. The evergreen hills with its gentle and steep slopes, the cool, fresh & health giving fountains, the dancing & singing streams, the winding roads & paths that wind through the lively pine woods and the bracing climate beckon the wanderer to this hilly area. The territorial name is derived from the mountain town of Kotli and the Satti tribe. This subdivision is geographically a part of Murree and Kahuta hills. It was declared a subdivision in 1990 by breaking up 40 villages out of both subdivisions. The subdivision is situated between 33 degrees to 37 degrees and 33 - 35' North Latitude and between 73-26' and 73-27' east longitude. It's length from river Jhelum on the north to Glingali on the south is about 60 km. It's extreme width from river Jhelum on the east to river Soan is the southwest is nearly 40 km. The headquarters of the Subdivision is 45 km from district headquarters and Federal Capital. It stands at 38 km from kahuta town and 36 km from Murree Hill station. The approximate altitude of the subdivision above the sea level is from 1878 feet to 7335 feet. The headquarters of the subdivision is at 4809 feet above sea level. AREA According to the facts collected from administrative records and census (1998) reports, the total area of the subdivision is 83,243 acres out of which 55,590 acres of land is owned by local inhabitants and the remaining 27,653 acres of land is covered by forests and is the property of the government of Punjab and is managed through the Punjab forest department HEADQUARTERS The revenue estate, with the name Kotli Sattian, is the headquarters of the subdivision. The administrative offices, judiciary and major business centers are almost at the center, and is linked to the roads in all directions. The headquarters at present is a rural estate but is rapidly developing into a small town. KOTLI SATTIAN

Tuesday 21 November 2017


This Pahari language, like other languages of the world, has its own distinct features which depict the evolutionary images of masses. This language is shared by million of people spread across disputed borders in the region. This war like permanent situation in the region poses an additional danger to the extinction of this language. There is an urgent need to establish cross cultural ties among people in this age with modern communication for the preservation, progress and peace of humanity and their heritage. There is a lot more to do in this regard. 

                                                 Written by : Dr Jahangir Satti

  Click here to read "Far-Western Himalayan Pahari Language, Its Origin and Evaluation

Monday 20 November 2017


Manwan ni hell is the lowest place in Union Council, Birote, it is located on three provincial borders: North-West Frontier Province, Punjab and Azad Kashmir on the right bank of the Jhelum River. This place was of historical importance and contains relics as it was a crossing point between Kashmir and Taxila during the time of the Gandharan kingdom.

Manwan ni hell was the first town of the Kethwal and Satti tribes who settled much of the current Circle Bakote and Murree Hills area before the arrival of Karlal and Dhond Abbasi tribes six centuries ago.

This place was linked to Pattan (Old Kohala) in north with a road along right bank of River Jhelum to Mirpur in AJK. In that time it was a cultural as well as a business centre, but it had lost its importance in the beginning of nineteenth century (1750–1800) when the Ghakkars failed to control all this region and it was occupied by Ranjit Singh's field marshal Hari Singh Nalwa in 1803. A battle occurred there and all houses of Kethwal and Satti tribes were gutted, all ladies and children became slaves by brutal Hari Singh Nalwa and his army. He developed another place Pattan (Old Kohala) as a business and trade centre and established an army post at old Dak Bungalow. Manwan Ni hell is called this place now because after the bloodshed of Nalwa Army only old and oldest ladies of Kethwal and Satti tribes were remained there.

There are a few historic graves facing in the east and west directions in an old graveyard of the Kethwal tribe showing the historical remnant of the Gandhara grave culture before the dawn of Islam in the Taxila Kingdom. 


                                                                                       By : MOHAMMED OBAIDULLAH ALVI                                                                                                  Journalist, Anthropologist and Historian 

Human being related to any Geography, civilization, culture is not mute. They have their own language, full of passions of joy and grieves. This language is also a mirror of  past and road map of their future. They sleep and enjoy their dreams in their native or mother languages. I have studied my mother language since 1996 and compile a dictionary of 2.5 thousands of words, idioms with reference of local past and present back ground. I am translating Holy Quraan in this language first time in history.

The Dhundi-Karlali language is spoken throughout Abbottabad District, and the adjoining Murree Hills and Galyat areas of Khyber PakhtunkhwaPakistan.The Dhund Abbasi and Karlal Tribe form 80% of the population that uses this language. More than 1.5 million people speak this language from the north of Islamabad to the Kaghan Valley in the south, and in the east from the right bank of the Jhelum River to the Silk Road from Hasanabdal to Abbottabad.

Ancient History

The earliest known roots of the language go back to 5,000 BCE when Indo-Aryan priests wrote the Vedas on the high brinks of the Mukeshpuri and Murree hills. The Dhundi language evolved from an ancient Prakrit in 3,500 BCE and by the first century emerged as the Sharda language. This language developed and changed into the Sharda language of Kashmir, the official language of the Buddhist University at Taxila's Sharda Campus sixteen centuries before the invasion of the Huns from Central Asia. Kautilya and Pāṇini were the great scholars of this language
Muslim conquest

After the Muslim conquest of Kashmir in the twelfth century, many Muslim tribes such as Satti, Awan, Sayed, Dhund Abbasis, Karlal, and Gakhars (the main feudal lords of area), and many more came to Kashmir with Mahmud of Ghazni and his invading forces; they partially changed the social and political culture as well as the Ghindi language of Kashmir.

Effect on language

This influx resulted in new linguist influences; this dramatically altered the language, literature, poetry, philosophy and some 35% of the vocabulary. This created another version of the Sharda language. In the middle of the second millennium some social changes occurred: Gakhars displaced the Kareal tribe from Bakote to Galyat and promoted the Dhunds as their allies. Gakhars granted Abbottabad District and Murree Hills as jagirs(territorial grants) to Rattan Khan (Abd-u-Rehman), the great-grandson of Shah Wali Khan (Dhond Khan) as a reward. This jagir was geographically a hilly and mountainous area that has been developed by Katwals, Sattis, Gujjars and Kareals through the centuries.

Today a pure form of this language is spoken by Sattis. the language is now referred to as Sattiali in this area.

New History

The linguist Rev. T. Grahame Bayley contributed in the 1901 census of India report on the "dialects spoken in the hills between Murree and Kashmir". Bayley was the first to study the language, which he included in his book Languages of the Northern Himalayas Studied in the Grammar of Twenty-Six Himalayan Dialects, published the by Royal Asiatic Society London in 1908. Grearson detailed the nature and translation of the Sattiali language in the linguistic survey of India (Linguistic Survey of Pakistan Vol IV) published in Lahore in 1980. Linguists consider the Dhundi-Kareali language to be the same as Pahari (Dhondi), Pothwari (Potwari), Chibhali, Punchhi (Poonchi), and Mirpuri, varying slightly in dialect. This language belongs to the Western Pahari language family, which is a branch of the Indo-Iranian language. Indo-Iranian (also known as Aryan) is a branch of the Indo-Europeanfamily of languages. (For details read Mohabbat Husain Awan of Birote Kalan book ASSAN NAY NABI PAK HOR (Our Holy Prophet) first book on Dhundi-Kairali language, published in 2006 in Karachi and won Seerat Award in 2008.The book preface research article was written by Mohammed Obaidullah Alvi and covers five millenniums history and literature of Dhundi-Kairali language. Gulfiraz Abbasi, a lecturer of Murree College is also written a research thesis about this subject in 2010.


  1. ^ Ethnologue report for language code:phr
  2. ^ Location of Birot - Falling Rain Genomics
  3. '^ H.H. Risley and E.A. Gait, (1903), Report on the Census of India, 1901, Calcutta, p. 247
  4. ^ Formerly known as Qurashies, as narrated by Akram Abbasi in his book Aena-e-Qurashand Noor Alahi Abbasi in Tareekh-e-Murre
  5. Awan, Mohabbat Husain, Asan nay Nabi Pak hor (Our Holy Prophet), preface and language by Mohammed Obaidullah Alvi 
  6. Colin P. Masica, 1991, The Indo-Aryan Languages
  7. Bailey, Rev. T. Grahame. 1904. Panjabi Grammar. Lahore: Punjab Government Press.
  8. Rahman, Tariq. 1997. Language and Ethnicity in Pakistan. Asian Survey, 1997 Sep., 37(9):833-839.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017


All I see on social media nowadays is that everyone talks about development and improvement in Kotli Sattian, but the dilemma is that all the development activities are limited to social media. Majority of the people are too involved in politics on the basis of favoritism and they don’t know their priorities and requirements of 21st century.

In my personal opinion first we need to spread awareness in the masses, need to reform people, need to highlight the importance of education. When our people are aware and able to understand, then we can move towards development and improvement.

Some people think if they get local leadership then it will change their destiny. Well, Decades ago Shahid Riaz Satti and Col Yamin Satti represented Kotli Sattian region but nothing changed at bigger scale. If someone from Kotli Sattian gets ticket in forthcoming elections, again I don’t think they will bring massive change in the region except building a few roads, recruiting some people as a peon, security guard or clerk in any organisation. So, we need to look at the bigger picture.

Actually, I’m not opposing the idea of involvement in politics, if we are involved in politics then we should know how to get our rights, we should know how to protest for our rights, how to convey our issues to our representatives to get things done. Hence, we need to stop the politics of favoritism, just think about the development of region regardless of any party affiliations.

I think apart from relying on politicians now we should take part in development on self help basis. So, my preference is to spread awareness and promote education in the region because education and awareness is the logical solution. If anyone of you are on the same page then please join me in my struggle and discuss the solutions and make our region and country a great place.

Monday 13 November 2017


Malot Sattian is situated about 16 km north of Kotli, from where it can be approached by a metalled road to Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir. It extends eastwards through by means of a bridge across the Jhelum river, 5 km from Malot to Kalliari Patton and thence to Bagh in Azad Kashmir. The village stands on 4500 ft high ridge which acts as a water divide between the Jhelum river in the east and it’s tributary, Khad in the West. The slopes facing the two streams have a gullied topography. This is mainly due to the erosion action of the stream-lets. The Chajjana reserve forest lies near this village.
It commands a strategic position on Punjab-AJK border and serves as a terminal point for the transport coming from Rawalpindi.
The village covers a 3,636 acre area, 1,423 acres are cultivated and 2,213 acres are uncultivated. The major food staples are wheat and maize.
The village has two high schools for a boys and a girls and two middle schools for both sexes. The literacy rate of the village is 90%.


Captain Bilal Zafar (1982-2009) (Urduبلال ظفر‎) was a Pakistan Army officer who received Sitara-e-Basalat on 62nd Independence Day of Pakistan. He was a Captain in 42 Baloch Regiment(MIB).

He was born at Rawalpindi on 2 February 1982. Bilal Zafar got his early education at St Paul’s Cambridge School, Rawalpindi and Government College university Lahore , Rawalpindi.

He belonged to a prominent family of Karore, Kotli Sattian with military background. 

His father, Zafar Tajamul, is a retired captain. His grandfather, Colonel Tajammal Hussain was a commissioned officer in British Indian Army. He fought Second World War and remained a PoW. Later on, he joined INA. After Independence he opted for Pakistan Army. He volunteered for war of independence of Kashmir. He raised and commanded first Bagh Brigade and fought on Poonch front. For his valour and bravery, he was awarded with medal of FAKHR-E-KASHMIR. He remained Defence Secretary for Azad Kashmir govt. Later on, he raised civil Defence department.

The great-grandfather of Captain Bilal Subedar Lal Khan fought First World War. He gave his life during action. For his death in combat, he was awarded INDIAN ORDER OF MERIT - the second highest military award.

His brother Captain Zarrar is also a commando officer, participated in many operations.

He joined Pakistan Army in 2001 and was commissioned into 42 Baloch Regiment(Al-Havi) on 12 October 2003. Later, he joined SSG.

Operation Rah-e-Rast began in May 2009 and involved the Pakistan Army and Taliban militants in a fight for control of the Swat district of Pakistan. SSG started an operation 'Janbaz' to clear Swat valley from militants. His company was given task to clear Swat-Peochar Road. During this operation, Captain Bilal Zafar embraced shahadat on 17 May 2009. He was hit by a rocket launcher on his chest. One day after his death, he was buried in his native village Karore Kotli Sattian on 18 May 2009. Government of Pakistan announced Sitara-e-Basalat for him on 62nd Independence of Pakistan.


Sunday 12 November 2017


Kotli is a revenue estate, a revenue circle, a union council and the headquarters of the Kotli Sattian sub division. It is situated 65 km northeast from Rawalpindi city, 43 km east of Murree station and 36 km north of Kahuta Town. The maximum height of this village from sea level is 4800 feet.
The strategic important of village is that it is linked with Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Kahuta and Azad Kashmir by metalled roads.
Also several tracks that are Jeep friendly coverage from different directions at Kotli. The settlement is spread on the top and slopes of hill. The Jhelum river flows at a distance of about 4-5 kilometres downward to the east.
Kotli is a village. However, since it has been declared the headquarters of the subdivision, Kotli is rapidly developing into a town. The subdivisional offices are being established. New institutions are gradually opening.



Khalabat is a hilly village of Murree hills in Rawalpindi district, Pakistan. Khalabat is 23 miles south-east of Murree town - a popular hill station, 31 miles north-east of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. It is in the lower Himalayan hills and this area has cold, snowy winters, relatively cool summer with drastically escalated rain. During monsoon village top mostly remains covered by fog, monsoon starts in July and continues til September.
Maize is the traditional crop of the area, land holdings are small due to the hilly terrain and production is hardly sufficient for subsistence. Apple, apricot, pear, plum, walnut, cherry, raspberry, fig and pine nuts are main fruit of Khalabat.
The village has forest land as well as cultivated land. Part of the forest is kept by the government ; some of it, called guzara, is for community use. The forest is covered by thick blue pine trees. The top peak of the village is at altitude of 7,417 ft which is known as "Kullah", and the distance between this peak and Patriata top is just 300 meters, Patriata top is the highest point of the Murree hills which consequently the highest point of the Punjab as well.
There is a dense blue pines forest between Khalabat and Patriata, which is home to different wild animals like leopard, bear, monkey, fox and various species of pheasant and rabbit.
Forest is full of wilderness and it has large number of culinary and medicinal herbs.
The third type of land is used for house construction. Due to the need for terraces, houses and fields are small and homes are scattered.
There are four Mosques in village including Central Jammah Mosque. There is one primary school for boys and one for girls, one private high school for boys and girls and a college for girls. The literacy rate of Khalabat is 91.5%.
The village consists of five parts. The villagers are of different ethnic groups and each occupies a specific area of the village.
The largest ethnic group in the village consists of Satti who are also the second largest tribe in the Murree Hills. There are four tribes inhabiting the Murree hills: Abbasi, Satti, Dhanial and Kethwal. Khalabat is a Satti village situated in Satti area. In this village the first migrants were three Satti brothers from a neighboring village to the south east of Khalabat. Dhanials came later, the few households of Kethwals are the latest arrivals in the village.
Ethnic group Percentage in Khalabat
Satti 66%
Dhanial 24%
Kethwal 9%
others 1%

                                                                By : Anjum Satti


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