Ibrahim Khan Gardi (an Afghan mercenary in the service of Marathas)

A scene from an Indian tv series.

Ibrahim Khan Gardi is portrayed as a ‘patriotic’ Indian Muslim with unwavering loyalty to Marathas and his ‘country’. 

In reality, the mercenary was ready to join Ahmad Shah Abdali after he was captured. According to an eyewitness account (Kashiraj), when the captured Ibrahim Khan Gardi was presented before Ahmad Shah Abdali, the former made the plea that he wanted to join Ahmad Shah Abdali and that he would sacrifice his life for him.

Ahmad Shah Abdali was not impressed and handed him over to the charge of his Grand Wazir who tortured him to death.


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