Khyber Rifles

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Alternative spelling: Khaibar Rifles, Khaiber Rifles

The Khyber Rifles was an armed police or para-military unit, rather than a "regiment" in the Indian Army. "Other ranks" were locally recruited, with officers seconded from the Indian Army which had no control over them as they were paid for from the civil purse.[1]


  • 1878 raised as the Khyber Jezailchis by Capt Gilbert Gaisford[2]
  • 1881 command taken by Sardar Mohammad Aslam Khan (first Muslim commander)
  • 1887 renamed Khyber Rifles
  • 1919 disbanded
  • 1946 reconstituted from Afridi veterans
  • 1947 allocated to Pakistan

External links

Historical books online


  1. Evers, Maureen. Major Edward HENLEY Born : Delhi, India Rootsweb India Mailing List 11 February 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  2. Later as Lt-Col Gaisford he was political agent in Baluchistan where he was assassinated in 1898 aged 48 years Officers Died website