Jat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Jats are not a homogeneous ethnic group living in a particular area and speaking a single language. Rather, they are a people who live scattered around the world among several ethnic groups, yet retain their own identity. This distinction is often based on occupation and heritage.

Historically Jats were renowned for their courage, honesty, and bravery. During the British control of India, Sir Lepal Griffin said that, "The Jat race is, for honesty, strength, and courage, second to no race on earth."

Jats are divided among clans. Among the Jat peoples, Gil can refer to either a surname or a clan. The Gil Jat clan is mainly found in the Punjab regions straddling eastern Pakistan and northwestern India. It is one of the largest and most aristocratic of the Jat clans.


Where Are they Located?

There are few Hindu Jats in Pakistan from the Gil clan; they are much more numerous in northwestern India. Most Hindu Gil Jats in Pakistan reside in the Punjab Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jats are noted for their skills as soldiers and as farmers. Many Jat Muslims in Pakistan have dominant roles in public life especially in the Punjab Province, but their Hindu counterparts do not share this privilege.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Sikh, Hindu and Muslim Gil Jats, but the Muslims dominate in Pakistan. Regardless of their religious affiliation, all Jats observe many ceremonies, especially rites of passage such as circumcision and initiation into adulthood. There are few Hindu Jats in Pakistan from the Gil clan.

Hindu Jats adhere to a wide variety of traditional practices which usually revolve around seeking good fortune and blessings from the gods. They do not believe in one supreme being who holds all power.


What Are Their Needs?

Gil Jats, whether they are Sikh, Hindu, or Muslim, need to know that there is a salvation in none other than the sinless Savior, Jesus Christ. They need to put their faith in His work on the cross to pay for our sins, and in the resurrection. It will take a work of God to convince these self-assured people that they must trust Christ with their eternity.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out additional laborers into Pakistan to work among the Gil Jats.
Pray that Christian doctors, nurses, and humanitarian aid workers will have opportunities to share the love of Jesus with Gil Jats.
Ask God to save key Jat leaders who will boldly proclaim the gospel to their own people.
Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Jats.
Ask God to raise up teams of intercessors who will faithfully stand in the gap for the Jats.
Ask the Lord to bring forth disciple making movements among the Jats for the glory of His name.


Scripture Prayers for the Jat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


References

http://www.jatland.com/home/Gill
https://newpakhistorian.wordpress.com/tag/muslim-gill-jats/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_Muslim


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-10-18
People Name General Jat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Jat (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation jot
Population this Country 149,000
Population all Countries 16,186,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Jacak; Jachak; Jati; Jatu; Jaut; Jhat; Jit; Langah; Marth; Musali; Nath; जाट, (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 12329
ROP3 Code 104206
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
149,000
Punjab
29,000
Balochistan
1,600
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
80
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 149,000
  Punjab 29,000
  Balochistan 1,600
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (102,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
26,000
Dhatki
22,000
Punjabi, Western
14,000
Marwari
6,600
Urdu
2,100
Kacchi
400
Bagri
200
Balochi, Southern
200
Jadgali
100
Koli, Parkari
100
Hindko, Northern
20
Primary Language Sindhi (102,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 26,000
  Dhatki 22,000
  Punjabi, Western 14,000
  Marwari 6,600
  Urdu 2,100
  Kacchi 400
  Bagri 200
  Balochi, Southern 200
  Jadgali 100
  Koli, Parkari 100
  Hindko, Northern 20
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.34 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.66 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more