AN UNKNOWN MARKET PLACE IN LAHORE, KATRA ABDUL GHAFUR, IN SIKH TIMES;
INSCRIPTION SAYS BUILT BY MIAN RAHEEM BAKSH MIMAR IN 1820 A D, (1236 AH).
Market places and bazaars are common in Islamic civilization, and extensively designed such places exist in Iran, Afghanistan, as well as Hindustan. Some of them so unique that they merit attention and discussion even today. The bazaar in Herat is one example of same, as well as Bazaar Jahan Ara, known as Chandini Chowk in Delhi. The bazaar of Dara Shikoh in Lahore was another example. What standard Katra Abdul Ghafoor had is unknown. Suffice that great attention has been paid in designing its inscription in clay work. The period 1820 A D is a time of rising power of Maharajah Ranjit Singh in Lahore. There was a Katra in possession of Mian Kareem Baksh, son of Mian Raheem Baksh, near Moti Bazaar in Lahore. but at that time the many rooms in it were given on rent to the Christian cleaner community of Lahore. I have seen the place myself a few decades back.
So, we do not know anything about the Katra, nor do we know anything about Abdul Ghafur. We only know about Mian Raheem Baksh. But things do turn up with time. Abdul Ghafur must be of some wealth to have a market place designed for him in Lahore that early in Sikh times.