Wazir Khan (Sirhind)

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Wazir Khan (died 1710, real name Mirza Askari) was Governor of Sirhind, administering a territory of the Mughal Empire between the Sutlej and Yamuna rivers.[1][2] He had a Persian background and was amongst the most loyal vassals of Aurangzeb. He had a mansab for two lakh horsemen.

Wazir Khan is noted for his conflicts with the Sikhs, and became infamous for ordering the execution of Guru Gobind Singh's young sons (Sahibzada Fateh Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh) in 1705. He was beheaded by the Sikh army led by Banda Singh Bahadur outside the Sirhind city at Chhappar Chiri in the in May 1710.[3]

Recently, Punjab government created Fateh Burj to commemorate the victory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Chhappar Chiri, close to Ajitgarh also called Mohali.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr Harjinder Singh, 'Sikh History in 10 Volumes', Sikh University Press, Belgium, vol 2, p.31.
  2. ^ Dr Harjinder Singh, 'Sikh History in 10 Volumes', Sikh University Press, Belgium, vol 1, pp 64, 259-60.
  3. ^ Tony Jaques (2007). Dictionary of battles and sieges 3. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 948. ISBN 9780313335396.