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Raja Allahdad Khan

A ChibRajput noble, Jagirdar, and grandson of the last ruler of the Princely state of Khari Kharyali and Bhimber, he was the descendant of Raja Umar Khan. He was the Last holder of the Ramkot Fort at Mangla. He reestablished his Jagir with the intervention of the Maharaja of Kashmir and he was awarded the title of Grand Jagirdar of the state of Jammu and Kashmir with a seat in the Royal court.

Early life

He was born in Somal Sharif approximately 4 miles from Lahri. He was the only son of Raja Faiz Ullah Khan who died whilst Raja Allah Dad was a youth.

Raja Allah Dad Khan had very close associations with Mian Mohammad Bakhsh of Khari Sharif as Mian Mohammad was appointed guardian of Raja Allah Dad Khan at the request of Maharaja when Raja Allah Dad's father died. Raja Allah Dad Khan was a very powerful and influential Land Lord before the partition due to his connections with the Princely states of India and families of note in United Punjab.

Move to Lahri

Raja Allah Dad Khan met President Ayub Khan at the opening ceremony of Mangla Dam and the President acknowledged the sacrifices he had made as the vast majority of his Lands had been acquired in the implementation of the Mangla Dam project. Raja Allah Dad Khan was renowned for his generosity. He had donated his lands for the settlement of immigrants from Kashmir,for students and for the welfare of the poor. He was also famous for his patronage of art, love of fine race horses and grey hounds. Raja Allah Dad Khan died in 1969, his tomb is in Lehri in the family grave yard.

The Jagir

His Jagir, known as the "Lahri Jagir", was diminished vastly as a result of two seismic political events which ultimately led to its end.

Firstly on October 27, 1958 General Ayub assumed Presidential office on the back of a bloodless coup and instituted Marshall law in Pakistan. As part of his package of legal reforms Ayub introduced legislation in 1959 to reform the ownership of land.

Secondly, as a fall out of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 between India and Pakistan as a result of which Pakistan gained the rights to develop the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus river basins through construction of the Indus Basin Project.

This led to the Mangla Dam Project.

The basic purpose of the project was to increase the amount of water that could be used for irrigation from the flow of the Jhelum and its tributaries. Its secondary function was to generate electrical power from the irrigation releases at the artificial head of the reservoir.

The damn was built from 1961 to 1967 and the land necessary was compulsorily purchased. A large proportion of the Jagir was dissipated in this way.

A vast proportion of what is today known as Mirpur city was built on his Jagir as the old city was submerged beneath the waters of the Mangla Dam.

For instance, to name but a few sites: The sector known as Kalyal, the grounds that are now home to Mirpur's Court buildings and also huge swathes of land now known as the affluent Sector F2 of the city were formerly part of his Jagir.

His Descendants

His descendants and are well known for their life styles, love of blood sports, politics and holding high ranking positions in the government.

See also

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