Paolo Avitabile – The face of the brutal Sikh occupation of Peshawar

      By Nafees Ur Rehman His gruesome punishments and ruthless ‘justice’ drove half of the population of Peshawar away from the city. Here we look at his career as a Governor of Peshawar. The end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 left many war veterans without job assignments, and some of those veterans, … Read more

History of the Mahabat Khan Mosque [Peshawar]

Peshawar City, general view, looking from the Fort, 1929. Historic Mahabat Khan Mosque in the view. View of Peshawar city, Masjid Mahabat Khan and Bala Hissar in distance, 1920 (c). Prayers in the Masjid Afghanistan Khan of Peshawar, 1907, during the visit of Amir Habibullah Khan of Afghanistan to the city.

History of Bala Hissar (Peshawar)

Bala Hissar means high fort in Persian. There are several other forts which are also named Bala Hissar. It is unknown as to when the Bala Hissar of Peshawar was erected. Chinese pilgrim, Hiuen Tsang makes a reference to it in 7th century AD when he uses the term “Kung shing” in the description of … Read more