Welcome to the Zamani Family Website

Welcome to the Zamani Web Page

This is the official Web Page of one of Afghanistan’s most prominent, patriotic and valiant families. The Zamani family played an important role in the Third British-Afghan War, culminating in the 1919 Afghan Independence from Great Britain. This Web Page is primarily dedicated to the founding father of the family, Loy Khan Mir Zaman Khan, victorious leader of the Chitral Front, also known as the Fourth Front of the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Loy Khan, or Great Khan, was a title bestowed upon Mir Zaman Khan for his achievements by King Amanullah Khan himself. The close and historical relationship with King Amanullah Khan, its role in the War against the British, and its dedication to the preservation of the Afghan territorial integrity had dire consequences for the family in the post-Amanullah Khan period. In the aftermath of the collapse of King Amanullah’ s rule, the entire Zamani family was jailed for 13 years, exiled for a further eight years, in the process losing more than 28 family members. A more telling effect of the post-Amanullah political persecution was the loss and the official confiscation of the family records, documents, books as well Mir Zaman Khan’s medals and official decrees. In the words of prominent contemporary Afghan historian, Habibullah Rafi, “due to the persistent political oppression of the subsequent regimes, the family has been overlooked in the Afghan contemporary history, as an independent assessment of history was barred, and history recorded under official guidance only.”

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