Daud Shah Khan (a Ghilzai Pashtun), Commander-in-Chief of Afghan army in 1870s.

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Daud Shah Khan, late Commander in Chief of the Kabul Army, 1887 (c). Photo by Bourne & Shepherd. Source.

Daud Shah Khan, a six feet tall Ghilzai Pashtun, joined the army of Amir Dost Muhammad Khan at the age of 20 and became Akbar Khan’s orderly officer. He served as a captain, then as a general and finally as Commander-in-Chief under Amir Sher Ali. He also served as Yakub Khan’s Commander-in-Chief. On December 18, 1879, Daud Shah was arrested by the British and deported to India. He died at Rawal Pindi on December 25, 1897.


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