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About Attock

Attock finds its name in the history books dating to the rule of Ashoka, the Budhist Emperor of upper India.  Supposedly Budhism had taken root in northern Punjab.  After Asoka there is no direct mention of the district, and the period is in darkness.   Doubtless the whole tract formed part of the Kingdom of Ederatides the Greek, who extended his power over western Punjab. The Indo-Greek kings held the country after him, being at last ousted (about 80 B.C.) by the Indo­-Scythians. At any rate, when Hiuen Tsang, the most famous Chinese pilgrim, visited the district in A.D., 630 and again in A.D., 643, Budhism was rapidly declining. The Brahman revival, to which, India owes its present form of Hinduism, had already set in the early years of the fifth century, and must have been at its height in the days of Hiuen Tsang. From the time the light afforded by the records of the Chinese pilgrims faded and a long period of darkness swallowed up the years that intervened before the Muslim invasions and the beginning of continuous history. The country was under the dominion of the Hindu kings of Kashmir, and probably so remained till end of the 9th century. After that, the district formed part of the Kingdom of the rulers of Kabul, Samanta Deva and his successors (more accurately designated as the "Hindu Shahis of Kabul") who remained in possession till the times of Mahmud Ghaznavi. With the passage of time, the Gakkhars became strong in the hills to the east, but their dominion never extended beyond the Margalla pass and the Khari Moorat.


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