CHITRAL

 

The Katur Dynasty

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Copyright© H.H. The Mehtar of Chitral1892   Faiz Gangvur Huzur-i-Walashan Mehtar Muhammad Afzal ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, fifth son of Shah Muhammad Aman ul-Mulk II, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, by his first wife, the Sayyida Khonza, educ. privately. Appointed by his father as Heir Presumptive with the title of Tsik Mehtar. Governor of Matuj until 1892. Seized Chitral For following the death of his father, 30th August 1892. Proclaimed ruler in the absence of his elder brother, Sardar Muhammad Nizam ul-Mulk, the legitimate Heir Apparent. Opposed by several factions within the family and the state, prompting his uncle to return from Afghanistan and seize the throne. m. a daughter of the Mir of Shighnan, a refugee from Badakhshan following the Russian advance into Central Asia. He was k. (s.p.m.) by his paternal uncle Sher Afzal, at Chitral Fort, 1st December 1892 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral), having had issue, three daughters:
 
1892 - 1893 Faiz Gangvur Huzur-i-Walashan Mehtar Sher Afzal, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, younger son of Shah Muhammad Afzal II, Mehtar of Chitral, educ. privately. Fled to Afghanistan in 1858, where he cultivated the friendship of the Amir ‘Abdu’l Rahman. Returned to Chitral with troops and funds, killed his nephew, Mehtar Azfal ul-Mulk, and seized the throne, 1st December 1892. Briefly held Chitral Fort until his flight on 12th December 1892. Fled into Afghanistan early in 1893, returned in 1894 and attempted to seize power again, but was captured and exiled to Madras in September 1895. He d. there, before 1923 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral), having had issue, two daughters:
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1893 - 1895 Faiz Gangvur Huzur-i-Walashan Mehtar Muhammad Nizam ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, third son of Shah Muhammad Aman ul-Mulk II, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, by his first wife, the Sayyida Khonza, educ. privately. Appointed by his father as Heir Apparent with the title of Sardar. Negotiated the treaty with Kashmir, on behalf of his father, in 1877. Governor of Yasin 1882-1892. Fled to Gilgit when his younger brother seized power, 30th August 1892. Succeeded as the rightful heir on his death, 1st December 1892. Returned to Mastuj, where he collected troops and funds, then entered Chitral and drove out his uncle, Sher Afzal. Installed at Chitral Fort, 12th December 1892. Came under British protection by virtue of the Durand Agreement in 1894, losing Kafiristan and the Kunar Valley when they were recognised as Afghan territory. m. a daughter of Rahmatu’llah Khan, Khan of Dir. He was k. (murdered) while out hawking at Broz, 1st January 1895 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral).
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1895  Faiz Gangvur Huzur-i-Walashan Mehtar Muhammad Amir ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan, eighth son of Shah Muhammad Aman ul-Mulk II, Mehtar of Chitral, by his wife, a sister of the Khan of Asmar, in Afghanistan, educ. privately. He seized control of Chitral Fort and usurped the throne after arranging for the murder of his elder half-brother, 1st January 1895. However, his assumption of power was declared invalid by the British authorities 3rd March 1895. Fled to Jandol when Chitral was invaded by a joint British and Kashmiri military force, and formally deposed in favour of his younger brother, Shuja ul-Mulk, 1st May 1895. Captured and exiled to Madras with his principal conspiritor, his uncle Sher Afzal, September 1895. m. at Madras, Kulsum Mahal Khonza [Amma Ji] (d. at Mazhar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, 194x), an Indian Parsee lady and former nurse from Madras. He d. at Ootacamund, Madras Presidency, ca 18th December 1923 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral, in 1925), having had issue, a son and three daughters:
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