Battle of Jamrud

Battle Of Jamrud

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Battle of Jamrud

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The Battle of Jamrud was fought between the Kingdom of Kabul and the Sikh Empire. The Sikhs extending their influence towards the Khyber pass, which would have enabled the conquest of Jelalabad,Kabul, Bukhara, Tashkand, Samarkand and then Moscow itself. The Afghan attempt to dislodge the Sikhs from the strategic Khyber pass failed, but the death of Sikh General Hari Singh Nalwa limited the Khyber pass as the western extent of the Sikh Empire.

Introduction

The Battle of Jamrud was fought by the Sikhs under Ranjit Singh and the Barakzai Afghan Emir Dost Muhammad Khan. The Afghans had previously lost territory to the Sikhs, and had seen their once mighty empire shrink with the losses of Punjab, Multan, Kashmir, Derajat, Hazara and Peshawar. The last three now largely constitute Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The loss of Peshawar was the most personal to many Afghans, as the inhabitants of the region were fellow Pashtuns and the town of Peshawar was the summer capital of the Afghan Emirs.

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Towards the end of 1836, Hari Singh Nalwa attacked and captured the small, though very strategic, fortified Misha Khel Khyberi village of Jamrud situated on the south-side of a range of mountains at the mouth of the Khyber pass. With the conquest of Jamrud, the frontier of the Sikh Empire now bordered the frontier of Afghanistan. The resounding defeat of the Yusafzai chief, Fatteh Khan of Panjtar, followed the Sikh victory at...
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