CHITRAL

 

The Katur Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1936 - 1943 Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Nasir ul-Mulk, Mehtar Sir Muhammad Ahmad, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE (1.1.1941). b. at Chitral, 29th September 1897, eldest son of H.H. Mehtar Sir Muhammad Shuja ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, by his first wife, a daughter of Mehtar Ghulam Muhi ud-din Shah Khuswaqte, Pahlawan Bahadur, Mehtar of Yasin, educ. Islamia Coll, Peshawar, and Punjab Univ (BA), Lahore, Punjab. Col Cdt Chitral Body Guard, served in the Third Afghan War 1919, Regent for his father during his pilgrimage to Mecca 1923-1924, Governor of Mastuj 1924-1936. Succeeded on the death of his father, 13th October 1936. Installed at Chitral Fort, 19th October 1936. Cmsnd as Hon Lieut IA 10/9/1924, attached 6th Royal Btn (Scinde), 13th Frontier Force Rifles 1926-1927, prom Hon Capt 1/1/1934, prom Hon Lieut-Col 20/3/1940, Hon Col Cdt Chitral State Scouts 1936-1943. A distinguished Persian poet and author. Rcvd: King George V Silver Jubilee (1935), and King George VI Coron (1937) medals. m. (first) a daughter of the Mir Hakim of the Raza Khel tribe of Laspur. m. (second) before 1932, a sister of Ghulam Khan, of Asmar. m. (third) 1939, Alghani Khonza (m. second, 1943, Colonel H.H. Mehtar Haji Muhammad Muzaffar ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral, by whom she also had no issue. m. third, 1950, Colonel Shahzada Khusrow-ul-Mulk, by whom she left issue - see above), daughter of Nawab Sir Muhammad Shah Jahan Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dir, KBE. He d.s.p.m. at Chitral Fort, 29th June 1943 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral), having had issue, two sons and two daughters (succ. by his brother):
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1943 - 1949 Colonel H.H. Mehtar Haji Muhammad Muzaffar ul-Mulk [Turkhoichi], Mehtar of Chitral. b. at Chitral, 10th October 1901, second son of H.H. Mehtar Sir Muhammad Shuja ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, by his first wife, a daughter of Mehtar Ghulam Muhi ud-din Shah Khuswaqte, Pahlawan Bahadur, Mehtar of Yasin, educ. Islamia Coll., Peshawar. Served in the Third Afghan War 1919, Governor of Turekho 1924-1943. Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, 29th June 1943. Installed at Chitral Fort, 29th July 1943. Hon Lieut-Col IA 15/10/1946, Hon Lieut-Col Pakistan Army 15/8/1947. Hon Col Cdt Chitral State Scouts 1943-1949. Dispatched his army into Gilgit in August 1947, thus helping to secure that territory to Pakistan. Acceded to the Dominion of Pakistan 1947, the first princely state to do so. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medals. m. (first) Sayyida Khonza (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, near the New Noghoro Masjid, Chitral), daughter of Sayyid Lais Shahzada, Maulai Pir of an Ismaili religious sect from Zebak, in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, by his wife, a daughter of Shah Muhammad Aman ul-Mulk II, Mehtar of Chitral and Yasin, Master of Ghizr, Ishkoman and Suzerain of Kafiristan. m. (second) …Khonza (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, near the New Noghoro Masjid, Chitral), a grand-daughter of Mehtar Ghulam Muhi ud-din Shah Khuswaqte, Pahlawan Bahadur, Mehtar of Yasin. m. (third) 1943, Alghani Khonza (m. third, 1950, Colonel Shahzada Khusrow-ul-Mulk, by whom she left issue - see above), widow of his late brother, Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Nasir ul-Mulk, Mehtar Sir Muhammad Ahmad, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, and daughter of Nawab Sir Muhammad Shah Jahan Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dir, KBE. He d. at Chitral, 7th January 1949 (bur. within the New Noghor-i-Masjid, Chitral), having had issue, three sons and one daughter by his first wife, and one daughter by his second wife:
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1949 - 1954 H.H. Mehtar Saif ur-Rahman, Mehtar of Chitral. b. at Chitral, 4th April 1926, eldest son of Colonel H.H. Mehtar Haji Muhammad Muzaffar ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral, by his first wife, a daughter of Sayyid Lais Shahzada, Maulai Pir, educ. Pakistan Admin. Staff Coll., Lahore. Succeeded on the death of his father, 7th January 1949. Installed at Chitral Fort. Became a constitutional ruler when the administration of the state was assumed by the Government of Pakistan in 1950. Hon Col Cdt Chitral State Scouts 1949-1954. Rcvd: Pakistan Independence (14.8.1950) and Queen Elizabeth II Coron (2.6.1953) medals. m. (first) 1948, Taj Sultan Khonza [Drosano Khonza], daughter of Khan ‘Abdu’l Kadir Khan, Khan of Asmar. m. (second) at Chitral, June 1949, H.H. Razia Sultan Khonza (b. at Chitral Fort, 23rd February 1934; m. second, 1955, Shahzada Asad ur-Rahman), elder daughter of Major H.H. Nasir ul-Mulk, Mehtar Sir Muhammad Ahmad, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, by his first wife, the daughter of the Mir Hakim of the Raza Khel tribe of Laspur. He d. in a plane crash at Lowari Top, Chitral, 14th October 1954 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral), having had issue, one son and two daughters by his first wife, one son and one daughter by his second, and two daughters by his third wife:
Mehtar Saif ur-Rahman also had further issue by a lady from the Qureish tribe of Nuristan, two daughters:
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1954 – [2011] H.H. Mehtar Muhammad Saif ul-Mulk Nasir, Mehtar of Chitral. b. at Chitral House, Peshawar, 12th May 1950, elder son of H.H. Mehtar Saif ur-Rahman, Mehtar of Chitral, by his second wife, H.H. Razia Sultan Khonza, elder daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Mehtar Sir Muhammad Nasir ul-Mulk, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, educ. Aitchison Coll., Lahore. Succeeded on the death of his father, 14th October 1954. Reigned under the Regency of his uncle, Shahzada Asad ur-Rahman, until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, at Chitral Fort, in May 1966. The state administration was fully absorbed into the unitary state of Pakistan 28th July 1969. Deprived of official recognition of his rank, titles and honours by the Government of Pakistan, 1st January 1972 (subsequently relaxed for social use together with continued official recognition as head of his house and family). Joined the Pakistan Foreign Service 1973, and served as First Secretary at the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara, Turkey 1974-1979, Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Peshawar and Islamabad 1979-1985, and Assist Consul-Gen in Hong Kong 1985-1989. Patron Chitral Polo Assoc 1957-2011, and Anjuman-e-Tariqe Khowar 1960-2011, Patron and Guardian of The Ayubia Union, etc. Rcvd: Queen Elizabeth II Coron Medal (2.6.1953). m. H.H. Ismat Khonza (b. 1956), daughter of Nawab Muhammad Said Khan, Nawab of Amb, by his wife, Ayesha Sultana Begum, younger daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Nasir ul-Mulk, Mehtar Sir Muhammad Ahmad, Mehtar of Chitral, KCIE, by his first wife, the daughter of the Mir Hakim of the Raza Khel tribe of Laspur. He d. suddenly from heart failure, at Islamabad, 18th October 2011 (bur. at the Mehtari Qabiristan, Jangbazar, Chitral), having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
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[2011] H.H. Mehtar Fateh ul-Mulk ‘Ali Nasir, Mehtar of Chitral. b. 27th November 1983, elder son of H.H. Mehtar Muhammad Saif ul-Mulk Nasir, Mehtar of Chitral, by his wife, H.H. Ismat Khonza, educ. Univ of Buckingham (LLB) and Univ of Miami (LLM), Florida, USA. Appointed as Heir Apparent at birth and invest with the titles of Mehtarbak and Wali-Akht Sahib. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Chitral, 18th October 2011. Installed as Mehtar, at Chitral Fort, 20th October 2011. Patron Chitral Polo Assoc, and Anjuman-e-Tariqe Khowar, Patron and Guardian of The Ayubia Union, etc. m. 30th August 2015 (nikah) and 12th September 2015 (rukhsati), H.H. Rameesha Khonza [Rameesha Nasir], daughter of ‘Abdu’l Nasir Khan of Maari Khankhail, Mansehra.
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