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About the Niazi surname

The Niazi (Pashto: نیازی, Nīāzī; pronounced [ˈniːˈaːziː]) are one of the most important and largest Ghilzai Pashtun tribe of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The word Niazi is derived from Niazai, like the other forms of Pashtun tribes, such as Yusafzai and Orakzai. In the Pashtun tribal hierarchy, Niazi is one of the most respected tribes. Niazis in Pakistan mainly live in Bhakkar, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Chakwal District, Swabi, Mardan, Hangu, Balochistan, Kohat and Mianwali. However, a large number of the Niazi tribe still lives in parts of Afghanistan, mainly in Qalaye Niazi, Kandahar, Ghazni, Gardez, Logar and Paktia province. A considerable number have also settled in Karachi and other major Pakistani cities such as Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Many Niazis are also found in Turkey, In the United Kingdom the members are well integrated and successful in politics and business.[citation needed] Niazi tribe members living in Afghanistan speak Pashto, as do those inhabiting the districts of Hangu, Kohat, Swabi, Mardan, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and Mianwali. However, those Pashtuns living east of Kohat and some of those living in Punjab have not retained their ancestral language and speak Saraiki dialect which is influenced by Pashto. Niazis strongly follow the honor code known as Pashtunwali.