NAWAB AHMAD BAKSH KHAN WALI I LAHORE
AN UNKNOWN GOVERNOR OF LAHORE
In search of pages of history
Dr Muhammed Baqir has listed various Governors of Lahore from more than 1000 years in Lahore. Few names are missing. We came across a miniature of Nawab Ahmad Baksh Khan Wali i Lahore. It was surprise for us as the name is unknown in history.
The addition of Baksh to name is basically of the period of 18th and 19th century. So we can presume this man to be from the Abdalli period. The dresses he wears in the painting also belongs to 18th and 19th century. So what are we missing here? We are told that in the years 1775 to 1778 Ahmad Shah Abdalli was present in Lahore and there was no Governor here. Is it possible that the Governor in those days was Ahmad Baksh Khan? Obviously we have no proof but search may reveal unexpected proof here and there. In any case enjoy the visual of an unknown Governor of Lahore.
The history of Multan records Nawab Ali Muhammed Khan, who was appointed Governor of Multan, by Ahmad Shah Abdalli. Perhaps Nawab Ahmad Baksh Khan could have been the brother or the son of Nawab Ali Muhammed Khan and could have been appointed Governor of Lahore. The history of Multan tells us:
“The family of Nawab Ali Muhammad Khan Khaugani/Khakwani hailed from Qandahar who migrated to Multan in the times of Akbar (1556-1605). He was appointed as governor of Multan by Ahmad Shah Abdali. In 1165/ 1751 he started a mint in Multan and issued the first coin (now in Lahore Museum) in the name of his master. Ali Muhammad had a checkered history as governor of Multan He was made the governor twice-the first time from 1751 to 1758 and second time from 1761 till his murder in 1764. Apart from his turbulent history, Nawab Ali Muhammad Khan contributed substantially to the development and beautification of Multan. “
Certainly references will appear as we search for clues to the unknown Governor of Lahore.