Muhammad bin Qasim al-Thaqafi

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Muhammad bin Qasim Al-Thaqafi (Arabic: محمد بن قاسم, c. 31 December, 695 - 18 July, 715), born Imád-uddín Muhammad bin Qasim bin Yusuf Sakifi, was a Syrian general who conquered the Sindh and Punjab regions along the Indus river (now a part of Pakistan). The conquest of Sindh and Punjab began the Islamic era in South Asia and continues to lend the Sindh province of Pakistan the name Bab-e-Islam (The Gateway of Islam).