Nawabs of Punjab
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Nawabs of Punjab (full title, Nawab Nizam of Lahore and Multan) were rulers of the then provinces of Lahore and Multan. Between 1715 and 1752, they served as the independent Nawabs of Punjab. However, they were only nominally subordinate to the Mughal Empire. After their defeat in Battle of Lahore, real power transferred to Durrani Empire and Ahmad Shah Durrani made Nawab's viceroy Mir Mannu as Afghan's governor and they remained only nominal. But however they held power among regional rulers. After the capture of Lahore Fort by Sikh Misls, they sent into Jehanabad with the title of Nawab and little power under the suzerainty of Sikh Misls and then Ranjit Singh.
Nawab Nazim of Lahore and Multan (1715–1799)a
Nawab Bahadur of Lahore and Multan (1799–1858)b
Nawabs of Punjab
|Nawabs of Punjab|
• 1715 - 1739
|Bidar Dil Mirza|
• 1846 - 1858
|Hakim Shah Jahan|
|Historical era||Mughal Era|
• Title abolished under Government of India Act
|1750||370,000 km2 (140,000 sq mi)|
During tenure of Farrukhsiyar, Bidar Dil Mirza gained much independence and signed a agreement with Mughal Emperor according to which two-system government was introduced. According to this, Abdus Samad Khan became governor of Lahore and he considered the viceroy of Mughal Emperor and Nawab at the same time. This tradition was also followed by Khan's son, Zakariya Khan Bahadur and until the Battle of Lahore.
The term of Punjab (Land of five rivers) is used for a geopolitical, cultural and historical region in South Asia, comprising the today Indian States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Pakistani Province of Punjab. In 1947, British Punjab was divided between Dominion of Pakistan and Union of India. Historic foreign invasions mainly targeted the most productive central region of the Punjab known as the Majha, which is also the bedrock of Punjabi culture and traditions. Nawab of Punjab sometimes also used title of Nizam (or Subahdar) with their name as they ruled Subahs of Lahore and Multan, comprising the Mughal Punjab. The majority of modern Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab is inhabited by Punjabis who speak the Punjabi language.
After death of Aurangzeb, they were only nominally subordinate to Mughal Empire and ruled the Punjab region due to weakness and fragmentation of Muguhal empire. During Indian campaign of Ahmad Shah Durrani and Nader Shah's invasion of the Mughal Empire, they lost Lahore and neighbouring areas to both empires, but they held the remaining areas of Punjab till last of 18th century.
At last of 18th century, Sikhs were raised to central power of Punjab and occupied many areas of Punjab and in 1801, Ranjit Singh occupied the Lahore and then united the all Sikh Misls by establishing Sikh empire, out of which 8 misls are under suzerainty of Nawabs. But the Nawabs continuously held the title with the little power in Bari Doab region.
After the Second Anglo-Sikh War, the British East India Company occupied the all princely states of Punjab and make them principalities of British empire and also abloished the title and rule of Nawabs of Punjab.
List of Nawabs of Punjab
|Bidar Dil Mirza, Subahdar of Lahore and Multan became independent and nominal connected to Mughal Emperor.|
|Bidar Dil Mirza
بیدار دل مرزا
|Muhammad Ali I
محمد علی اول
|Muhammad Ali II
محمد علی دوم
|Hakim Shah Jahan
حاکم شاہ جہاں
|Title of Nawab of Punjab abolished by British Raj after Indian War of Independence 1857.|
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