Abul-Hasan ibn Mirza Ghiyas Beg
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|Mirza Abul Hasan Urf 'Asif Khan'|
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Mirza Abul Hasan Asif Khan was the father of Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz Mahal, who was the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Emperor of India. Asif Khan was also the elder brother of empress Nur Jahan, the consort of Shah Jahan's father, Jahangir. Many scholars have been researching on the origins of Asif Khan's clan. Some researches claim they are descending from Armenia, but most likely from Persia. His other daughter Parwar Khanam was married to Mohtashim Khan, the son of jahangir's foster brother Qutubuddin Koka. Her mausoleum is located in Sheikhpur, Badaun.
Governor of Lahore
Mirza Abul Hasan Asaf Khan was appointed Governor of Lahore by Emperor Jahangir in 1625. After the demise of Jahangir in 1627, he was instrumental in securing the accession of his son-in-law Shah Jahan by colluding with Dawar Bakht (Jahangir's other son) and defeating the rival claimant Prince Shahryar (Nur Jahan's son-in-law, married to her daughter by her previous marriage to Sher Afghan) in a battle near Lahore. Asaf Khan enjoyed a position even more elevated than in the preceding reign and retained it until 1632, when he failed in the siege of Bijapur, from which time he seems to have lost favour.
Tomb of Asif Khan
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