History of Pothoharis:
It is known that the first Pothohari Mr. Kahn Singh Chowdhury came in 1915 from Kahuta to study law in this country. Majority of Pothoharis commenced arriving in UK in early 1950s and were spread all over the country. Only after the influx of Pothoharis astronomically immense numbers from India, East Africa and other countries, majority of them settled in London region. It was felt that families were isolated from each other and needed support to avail each other in a peculiar land. Some senior Pothoharis felt the need to bring the Biradari together so that in future when our children could grow up in a conducive environment then the marriages of the children will be amongst our Biradari. Keeping this in mind five members got together and after the Ardas founded the Puthohar Biradari in 1970. It became a Charity in 1985 and was registered with the Charity Commission.
Pothohar is a word emanating from two words: “POTHO” designates fresh and “HAR” would convey the construal as garland. Thus the name was given by Sir Baba Khem Singh Bedi ( descendant of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev) of Kallar , Tehsil Kahuta and he travelled extensively in the district and adjoining areas to spread and promote education amongst its people. Pothohar is a region embracing the districts and components of Rawalpindi, Jelhum, Kahuta, Sukho, Bhera, Chaklala, Chakwal, Dhudial, Gujarkhan, Hasan, Abdal, (Panja Sahib), Kallar, Muurree, Rohtas, Sayyad, Lala, Musa, Gujrat, Mandi Bhaudin, Sohawa, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Multan,and Mianwali, Sargodah, Lyalpur ( now Faisalabad), Sheikhupura (Nankana Sahib), Lahore and other prominent towns and cities left over in Pakistan – kenned as Indian Punjab afore the partition in August 1947.
The inhabitants of such astronomical areas in the pre-partition India, known as Pothoharis, had always played a very consequential role in the life of the Indian society. Since their settlement in India, East Africa, Cumulated Kingdom, Amalgamated States and elsewhere abroad Puthoharis have always played their subsidiary part in convivial, cultural, political and economic fields of their country of adoption after 1947. They are most industrious, enterprising and academically advanced occupying high places of position both in business, regime and non-regime circles of consequentiality. Amongst them, a few such as Mr I K Gujral, Mr Manmohan Singh, Mr Kuldip Nayar, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Mota Singh, Lord Indarjit Singh and Mr Kartar Singh Duggal.