and Families of Note in the Punjab, Vol I, revised
The Life and
Time of Nawab Haji Sir Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash with an introductory
brief on Nawab Ali Raza Khan Qizilbash, his grandfather
Ali Khan Qizilbash was the son of Sardar Nisar Ali Khan Qizilobash,
the youngest of three sons of Nawab Ali Raza Khan Qizilbash. His
eldest son was Nawab Sir Nawazish Ali Khan Qizilbash C.I.E. and
K.C.I.E. The British bestowed upon Ali Raza Khan the title of Khan
Bahadur. He was created a hereditary Nawab in 1864 for his commendable
services to the British during their campaign in Afghanistan and
later on in India after the British withdrew from Afghanistan. Nawab
Ali Raza Khan Qizilbash was also an Honorary Magistrate of Lahore
justly possessing great influence in the city.
In 1857 when
the English need was greatest Nawab Ali Raza Khan Qizilbash raised
a troop of horses at his own expense by mortgaging his house and
property in Lahore. Forming part of the celebrated Hodsons' horse
the troop raised by Nawab Ali Raza Khan Qizilbash served with distinction
throughout the Campaign where ever that gallant corps was sent and
its gallantry was ever conspicuous. In raising this force he did
not apply for any pecuniary assistance from the British.
Ali Khan Qizilbash's father Sardar Nisar Ali Khan Qizilbash the
next in line to the family's title after his two older brothers,
passed away during the lifetime of his second brother Nawab Nasir
Ali Khan Qizilbash, hence Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash inherited the
title of Nawab from his uncle Nawab Nasir Ali Khan Qizilbash after
the latter's death in 1896 consquent upon which control of the family's
estate passed on to him.
Ali Khan Qizilbash was nominated a member of the Punjab Legistlative
Council in 1897.
In 1902 he
was invited as an official guest to the Delhi Darbar at which
he was invested as a Companion of the Order of the British Empire.
In 1904 he
was made an additional member of the Governor General's Legislative
In 1911 he
once again attended the Delhi Darbar as an official guest.
Great War he served the Empire with exemplary loyalty and devotion.
Someof his war services include:
1. He dontaed
Rs. 16,000/- towards the war effort when it broke out in 1914
2. A donation
of Rs.6,000/- was paid by him towards the Aeroplane Fund in 1916
3. He contributed
Rs.10,000/- to the First War Loan.
this he gave sums of money large as well as small aggregating to
about Rs.100,000/- towards the prosecution of the war.
supplied a large number of recruits both from the Punjab and his
estate in the United Provinces. Moreover he offered himself and
his eldest son Nisar Ali Khan Qizilbash for any service in connection
with that campaign.
disturbances in the Punjab in 1919 the Nawab once again rendered
valuable assistance to the administration.
At the time
of the last Afghan War he was attached as liaison officer to the
The Nawab was
very keen to promote education amongst the Muslim population so
that they could keep pace with the Hindus and progress along with
them. The Hindus had foreseen the advantages they could gain by
mastering the the English language to qualify for important positions
in the Government departments. This they knew was a sure way of
stepping on to the first rung up the social ladder and thus gain
influence in Government circles. They rightly believed that following
this plan they would gain economically also and thus be in a position
to dominate over the Muslim minority. Nawab Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash
foresaw this happening and thus dedicded to contribute in the noble
cause of educating the Muslims and concentrated in this regard in
two areas i.e. at Aligarh and the Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam, Lahore.
He raised funds which he augmented with personal contribution and
started a school and an intermediate college at Lucknow and became
the Honorary General Secretary of these insitutions. This position
he held for several years.
He also built
a block for the use of doctors at the Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
In 1921 he
was made the Knight Commander of the Indian Empire.
He was the
President of the Punjab Chiefs Association, the Anjuman-e-Himayet-e-Islam,
Lahore, the Punjab Muslim League and the Anjumane-Islamia, Punjab.
He was also
a liberal subscriber to all charitable causes and earned the respect
of all classes both as a public spirited citizen and a leading Muslim
nobelman of the Punjab.
Nawab Sir Fateh
Ali Khan Qizilbash died on 28th October 1923 after suffering a protracted
kidney condition. He added substantially to the property he had
inherited from Nawab Nasir Ali Khan Qizilbash and left behind a
greatly developed estate.
kindly provided by Begum Afsar Qizilbash, Lahore]