JUNAGADH

The Babi Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1911 - 1959 Colonel H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III Rasul Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, GCIE (1.1.1931), KCSI (1.1.1926). b. at Junagadh, 2nd August 1900, youngest son of H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Mahabat Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, GCSI, by his wife, H.H. Nawab Ayesha Bi Maji Sahiba, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer. Became Heir Apparent on the death of his elder brother. Succeeded on the death of his father 22nd January 1911. Installed on the musnaid on the same day at Junagadh. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 31st March 1920. Granted a permanent salute of 13-guns, 1st January 1918. He acceded to the Dominion of Pakistan, 14th September 1947 (formally accepted by the Governor-General of Pakistan, 15th September 1947). As a consequence of threats to his safety, the Nawab was forced to leave for Pakistan with his family on 24th October. Indian troops then invaded, occupied the state and appointed its own administrator, 9th November 1947. Following a referendum arranged by the Government of India on 20th February 1948, the state was merged with Saurashtra on 20th February 1949. Cmsnd as Hon Capt British Army 19/6/1937, prom Hon Maj 21/7/1942, and Hon Col 15/10/1946, Col-in-Chief Mahabat Khanji Infantry 1/2/1924. Hon Vice-Presdt Indian Red Cross Soc. Mbr Western India Turf Club, Poona Club, Willingdon Sports Club, etc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medal (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937 & 1953), and Pakistan Independence (1948) medals, the Order of the Great Leader 1st class (Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam NQA). m. (first) at Bhopal, 3rd April 1921 (nikah) and at Junagadh, 7th April 1921 (zifaf), H.H. Munawwar Jahan Begum Sahiba [Senior Begum] (d. at Dilawar Manzil, Karachi, Pakistan, 1957, bur. there), great granddaughter of General H.H. Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Baqi Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Umrao Dulha, Nusrat Jang, sometime C-in-C Bhopal State Forces, and daughter of Ali Janab, Sardar Mian Sa’adat Muhammad Khan, by his first wife, a daughter of Sardar Wilayat ‘Ali Khan, of the Jalalabadi clan. m. (second) 27th April 1923 (div. May 1945), H.H. Bibi Shri Amna Bibi Sahiba [Junagadhwala Begum] (d. at Karachi, Pakistan, 1985), daughter of Kartalia, a descendant of an Abyssinian slave, by his Kolhi wife. m. (third) at Veravel, 30th October 1923, H.H. Bibi Shri Aman Bibi Sahiba [Kutiana Begum] (b. at Kutiana, 1911; d. at the Noor Manzil, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, 31st January 1975, bur. there at PECHS Cemetery), sister of his fifth wife, from the family of the jagirdar of Kutiana. m. (fourth) 8th July 1925 (nikah), H.H. Bibi Shri Moti Bibi Sahiba, of Junagadh. m. (fifth) 9th November 1932, H.H. Bibi Shri Dadiba Sahiba [Mahabhatpura Begum], sister of his third wife, from the family of the jagirdar of Kutiana. m. (sixth) at Junagadh, 26th July 1945, H.H. Saida Sultana Begum Sahiba [Huzur Begum Sahiba], daughter of a tazimi sardar of the state. He d. at Junagadh House, Karachi, Pakistan 7th November 1959 (bur. Karachi), having had issue, ten sons and ten daughters:
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[1959 - 1989] Colonel H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Al-Haj Muhammad Dilawar Khanji Mahabat Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh. b. at Junagadh, 23rd June 1922, eldest son of Colonel H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III Rasul Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, GCIE, KCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Munawar Jahan Begum Sahiba, educ. Haileybury Imperial Service Coll, Hertford, UK. Became Heir Apparent with the title of Wali Ahad Bahadur at birth. Officer-in-Charge State Motor Dept. 1946-1947. Left for Pakistan together with his father and his family, 24th October 1947. Succeeded on the death of his father, as Head of the Royal House of Junagadh, 7th November 1959 (officially recognised by the Government of Pakistan). Governor of Sind 1976-1977. Hon Col Junagadh State Forces and Hon Col Pakistam Army. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935) and Coron (1937) medals, the Order of the Great Leader 2nd class (HQA), PMA, PMM, and Pakistan Independence medal (1948), King Abdul Aziz Decoration 2nd class of Saudi Arabia, etc. m. (first) at Junagadh, 30th November 1945, Shahzadi Shafiq Jahan Begum Sahiba, daughter of Sharafat 'Ali Khan [Shafqat Miyan Durrani?], of Bhopal and great-granddaughter of General H.H. Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Baqi Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Umrao Dulha, Nusrat Jang, sometime C-in-C Bhopal State Forces. m. (second) at Karachi, Pakistan, 1949, H.H. Nawab Shah Begum Sahiba (b, at Bhopal, 9th March 1933), née Sahibzadi Mussarat Jahan Begum, granted the personal name of Shah Begum 1957, daughter of Sardar Rauf Muhammad Khan, of Bhopal, by his wife, Nawabzadi Najm uz-Zaman Begum Sahiba, younger daughter of Nawab Muhammad Haidar 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Firuz Jung, Nawab of Basoda. He d. at Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, 30th August 1989 (bur. there), having had issue, three sons and one daughter, by his second wife:
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[1989] H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Muhammad Jahangir Khanji Bahadur Babi, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh. b. at Karachi, 6th August 1955, eldest son of H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Muhammad Dilawar Khanji Bahadur Babi, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, by his second wife, H.H. Nawab Shah Begum Sahiba, educ. Jesus & Mary Convent, Karachi, Burn Hall, Abbottabad, Aiglon Coll, Chesières-Villars, and Gstaad International Sch (GIS), Ahorn, Gstaad, Switzerland, and Karachi Univ (BA), Karachi Sind, Pakistan. Succeeded on the death of his father, as Head of the Royal House of Junagadh, 30th August 1989 (officially recognised by the Government of Pakistan). Installed at Junagadh House, Karachi, 9th October 1991. Senior Adviser on Cultural Heritage and Archaeology to the Chief Minister of Sind. Chair Nawab of Junagadh Foundation. Presdt Junagadh Muslim Federation 1986. Mbr Friends of Thar Cttee, Sky Club of Switzerland, etc. m. H.H. Nawab Sarah Begum Sahiba, daughter of Naushid ‘Ali Khan, of Malerkotla. He has issue, one son and one daughter:
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