Battle of Lahore (1759)

The Battle of Lahore was fought between the Durrani Empire and the Maratha Empire, who were assisted by the forces of the local Sikh Misls such as the Sukerchakia Misl and the Ahluwalia Misl of the Punjab in 1759.

Battle of Lahore
Part of Indian Campaign of Ahmad Shah Durrani
DateAugust 1759
Result Combined Maratha and Sikh Victory.[1][2]
Marathas resist and defend their hold in Lahore against the Afghan armies.

Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Empire

Sikh Empire flag.svg Sukerchakia Misl
Kattar Dhal Talwar.jpg Ahluwalia Misl
Abdali flag.png Durrani Empire
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Sabaji Shinde
Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Tukoji Rao Holkar
Sikh Empire flag.svg Charat Singh
Kattar Dhal Talwar.jpg Jassa Singh Ahluwalia
Abdali flag.png Ahmad Shah Durrani
Abdali flag.png Timur Shah Durrani
Abdali flag.png Jahan Khan

Background and battleEdit

Ahmad Shah Durrani raided India for the fifth time in 1759. The Pashtuns began to organize themselves for armed struggle against the Marathas. The Pashtuns had no time to pass information to Kabul for help. General Jahan Khan advanced and captured a Maratha garrison at Peshawar. Then, the invaders overran Attock. Meanwhile, Sabaji Shinde retreated and reached Lahore with fresh troops and a large number of Sikh army of the Sukerchakia and Ahluwalia Misls. In the fierce battle, the Afghans were defeated by the combined forces of the Marathas and the Sukerchakia and Ahluwalia Misls. In the battle, Jahan Khan lost his son and was himself also wounded.[3]


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  2. ^ "Marathas and the English Company 1707-1818 by Sanderson Beck". Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  3. ^ Mehta, J.L. (2005). Advanced study in the history of modern India 1707–1813. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-932705-54-6. Retrieved 2010-09-23.