Nawab Syed Khan Bahadur, known as a chief of Afghanistan, was
a very wise, alert, respected and capable man. He was the chieftain
of the town of Paghman in the environs of Kabul city and his ancestors
and family remained nobles of the Abdali Empire from the time
of Ahmed Shah Durrani till the time of Shah Shuja.
When in 1840
the Government army went on the Kabul campaign in company with
Shah Shuja, and the populace learned of their arrival in Kabul,
and this became the talk of the town, and in Kabul a disturbance
took place, at that time the officers of the government army considering
the Nawab Sahib as an important person made a request to him for
As the Nawab Sahib had a large party of followers consisting of
his sons, brothers, relations and other people, he helped the
officers of the government army to the full in the company of
that party. He remained constantly involved with the English army
and the government army. He was present everywhere and took an
active part in consultations and discussions. This remained so
until Kabul was conquered by the Government army.
Mohammed Khan sought salvation through escape. When he was left
with no choice, he surrendered to the Government and in accordance
with the truth:
Only the rulers understand affairs of their state. Ameer Dost
Mohammed Khan was given permission to reside in Calcutta. His
son Mohammed Akbar Khan hit the road to Bukhara.
In due course
the populace of Kabul and the surrounding area became united and
launched an uprising. Naib Aminullah Khan assumed the leadership
of the rebels due to heavy rains and snowfall the government army
became incapacitated and was surrounded.