Lahore History Tour – Installment #2

I was going to continue focussing on the Lahore Fort as there is still a lot to talk about it but a reader asked if I could post something about the not so often mentioned or talked about tomb of Qutb-ud-Din Aibak. Many of us have walked the streets of Anarkali completely obliviant to the fact that there lies in one of those crowded streets the tomb of the first muslim sultan of India.

Tomb of Qutb-ud-Din Aibak

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Qutb-ud-Din Aibak was appointed Governor of India in 1191 A.D. by Muhammad Ghori. He established the Slave Dynasty on the death of Muhammad Ghori in 1206 when he assumed independence of his reign and was followed by nine other slave kings. He was a patron of the building art and is known to have erected some monumental stone buildings in Delhi and elsewhere (Qutub Minar in Delhi, though in part constructed by him was not named after him as is commonly believed, however it was named in the honor of Khwaja Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki, a saint from Baghdad, who came to live in India). A very avid player of polo, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak died in Lahore in 1210 A.D., while playing the game. His original tomb was destroyed during the Mongol attack on Lahore in 1241. In the early 1970’s, during a particularly jingoistic phase in the history of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a new cenotaph was constructed over that site. His tomb can be visited in Anarkali Bazaar.

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Plaque outside the tomb gives the Sultan’s name and his date of death as 1210AD.

7 Comments so far

  1. hum log (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 4:38 am

    Thnx for the immediate and quick response to my humble request Sir!.Much obliged


  2. Raza (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 4:44 am

    No problem….keep reading…there will be more everyday Inshallah.


  3. iblees (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    look at f*cking morons of PSF, doing great job of ruining historic monuments…

    The art and architecture of Lahore has no comparison, and so do the ignorant asswipes whos only job is to ruin history with spray paints and markers.


  4. Saadu (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 1:04 am

    Who is PSF?
    Thank god it is not political naray bazi or shairoshairi or silly S+N with a heart.


  5. Raza (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    I believe PSF stands for Pakistan Social Forum…I don’t know what they do but if they do works like this then we are better off without them.


  6. iblees (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    People moronic Student Federation. Another variant of Jamiat/MSF/blah-SF etc.

    Have any of you actually been to inner Lahore?


  7. Raza (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    Thanks for the correction Iblees…I have walked some of the streets of inner Lahore but not in too much detail. Why do you ask?



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