Battle of Sialkot (1761)
|Battle of Sialkot|
|Part of Indian Campaign of Ahmad Shah Durrani|
|Sukerchakia Misl||Durrani Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Charat Singh||Nur ud din|
Ahmad Shah Durrani raided India and defeated the Marathas in the Third Battle of Panipat like he defeated them at Bararighat and Sikandrabad earlier in 1760. He gave a crushing blow to the Marathas which dragged the Marathas to Deccan and appointed Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II as the Emperor of India. Thereafter, he turned towards the Sikhs to defeat them and sent Nur-ud-din along with 12,000 Afghan soldiers to chastise the Sikhs for attacking them near river Chenab.
Nur-ud-din advanced with his troops to punish the Sikhs but he was repulsed in the battle fought at Chenab River. Following repulsion, Nur-ud-din withdrew under siege to Sialkot, northeast of Punjab capital of Lahore. He was further attacked by the Sikhs at Sialkot where his army was starved into surrender and he fled in disguise to save his life. Hence, the Sikhs defeated the Afghan army at Sialkot and forced them to retreat from India.
After defeat at Sialkot, the Afghans were defeated by the Sikhs at the Battle of Gujranwala (1761) in the same year.
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