Amritsar, February 3
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has announced to honour Begum Munawaar-un-Nissa, widow of Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan, the last Nawab of Malerkotla.
Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan was descendant of Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan, who stood up against Wazir Khan, the Mughal Governor of Sirhind who ordered bricking alive of two young Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh behind wall in Sirhind.
SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami said, “The Sikh community gives due regard to the Nawab. It has been decided by the SGPC executive to honour his Begum.”
He said this decision was taken after a video went viral that the Begum lived in a historic haveli, which was in shambles. “We came to know that the haveli is in a bad shape and the Begum lived in a room. A sub-committee has been constituted which will enquire about the situation and help her,” he said.
He said it was also known that Guru Saheb had presented the Nawab some memorabilia items, including a kirpan, that was preserved by the family till date.
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