The Malik (Kashmiri: मालिक (Devanagari), ملِک (Nastaleeq)) is a caste of Rajput status, Malik is a title used mostly by Rajputs of Kotli District. found in principally in the Darhal Valley of Jammu & Kashmir, India and over the Pir Panjal mountains in Poonch (both Indian & Pakistani administered), Jammu and few are also found in the Kotli and Mirpur Districts of Azad Kashmir. The Maliks are perhaps the largest clan of the Rajputs in Azad Kashmir. They are commonly found in Kotli district, as well as Mirpur and Bagh districts. In Kotli they use the title "Malik" and represent a majority in the whole area of "Raj Mehal", including Goi, Dhanwan, Hillan, Gharad, Janjora, Kalhar, Makrali, Phagwari, Ghazan, Rhiyan, Tinda Kalah,Roli Kurti Kotla and Gunni Malkan, etc. Malik Nawaz, senior Minister Azad Kashmir, belongs to the Minhas clan of Rajput. The Hindu branch of this tribe produced the Maharajahs of Jammu and Kashmir. Accorduing to the 1931 census, their male population numbered 19,000.
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