Saturday, April 21, 2018

Abdul Ghani Khan attends Louisiana State University [1931]

1931 press photo : Abdul Ghani Khan attends Louisiana State University

" Son of ex-King of Afghan..... now U.S collegian

Abdul Ghani (Khan), eldest son of former king Abdul Ghaffar Khan of Afghanistan, who has temporarily deserted his once Royal house for an American College Campus. He is enrolled for freshman work in sugar Chemistry at the Louisana State University and says he will avoid political life in favour of a career in this field. The young man's father was elected king of Afghanistan just after the World War and was almost immediately deposed. Ghani, who studied in England for two years with a private tutor just before coming to America for his first visit, says he likes America because it is democratic and cosmopolitan"

Note: American journalist are mistaking Abdul Ghaffar Khan to be the king of Afghanistan by doing translation of Badshah Khan, his title.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dost Muhammad Khan Barakzai (1793 – 1863)

'Umeer Dost Mahomed Khan' (Amir Dost Muhammad Khan), 1843. By Lockyer Willis Hart. Dost Muhammad Khan (1793 1863), seated in the centre, was the founder of the dynasty of the Barakzai in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Grape picking in Kohdaman, vicinity of Kabul city [c.1960]

Grape picking in Kohdaman, vicinity of Kabul city. Vintage postcard

Afghan Boundary Commission, 1885

 Reception of Afghan dignitaries in the Afghan Boundary Commission winter camp at Bala Murghab, Herat, January 1, 1885.

Seated from left to right:

1- Captain ? (De Lassoe or Barrow)
2- Kazi Saad ud-din Khan, Afghan Chief Commissioner
3- Naib ul-Hukumat Muhammad Sarwar Khan (Afghan governor of Herat)
4-Genral Muhammad Ghaus ud-din Khan (a native of the tribe of Baruki, in the Logur valley, was Commander of the Afghan troops at Panjdeh )

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Habibullah Kalakani (Bacha-i-Saqao)

Habibullah Kalakani (Bacha Saqao), 1929. Members of court enjoying a musical evening at Dilkusha Palace, including Mohammad Amir of Bokhara and Muhammad Kabir, son of Amir Habibullah


People offering prayers at the Takht-i-Sulaiman (FR Dera Ismail Khan)

In Dera Ismail Khan, the highest peak of the mountain range is known as Takht-i-Sulaiman at 3,487 metres (11,440 ft). In Balochistan, its highest peak is Zarghun Ghar at 3,578 metres (11,739 ft) near Quetta city. Koh-i-Sulaiman is locally known as "Da Kassay Ghar".

Moroccan Travelar Ibn-i-Batuta ( 1304 – 1368) says;
".. Their (Afghans') principal mountain is called Kuh Sulaiman. It is related that the Prophet of God Sulaiman (peace be upon him) climbed this mountain and looked out over the land of India, which was [then] covered with darkness, but returned without entering it, so the mountain was named after him. It is in this mountain that the king of Afghan resides" ["The Travels of Ibn Battuta", Volume 3, p-590]


Zabita Khan

Amir al-Umara Zabita Khan, circa 1770. Artist: Son of Ganga Ram Mihr Chand

He was son and successor of Najib-ud-Daula (Najib Khan Yousafzai).