Ahmad Khan Kharal

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Rai Ahmad Khan Kharal (Urdu: رائے احمد خان کھرَل ‎), also called Amo Kharal (1785-1857) was a Punjabi freedom-fighter and Folk hero, who fought against the British Raj in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.[1]

Background[change | change source]

Amo Kharal was born in a rich landowning family of the Kharal Rajput Clan in the Sandal Bar region of Punjab, in Jhamara village near Tāndliānwāla Faisalabad District. As a young man he fought against the rising Sikh power led by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.[2] Ahmad Khan Kharal had very cordial(good) relations with Maharaja Ranjit singh.(reference- Saeed Ahmed Butt (2015). "Rai Ahmad Khan Kharral (Myth or Reality)" (PDF). Journal of the Punjab University Historical Society. 28 (2): 173–191. Retrieved 2020-05-07.) Later on, as an old man in his 70s, when the rebellion broke out against the British, he also raised a force to fight against them.[3]

Struggle and death[change | change source]

Amo Kharal was quite successful in helping the local people and keeping them safe from British troops, keeping up a guerilla warfare against them,[4] for some months. On 26th July 1857, Amo Kharal went with a force to attack the Gogera Jail (now in Sahiwal District) to release some of his companions arrested by the enemy, but was ambushed by them and their local allies.[4] Amo Kharal and his assistant, Sarang, were both killed, fighting bravely.[1]

The deeds of this brave and noble warrior are still remembered and sung by Punjabi poets in dholas and vars, types of poems.[1]


References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dr ST Mirza 'Resistance Themes in Punjabi Literature' Lahore, 1991, pp 100-105
  2. AD Ejaz 'Ahmad Khan Kharal', 1985
  3. Ejaz, aa
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ejaz


Saeed Ahmed Butt (2015). "Rai Ahmad Khan Kharral (Myth or Reality)" (PDF). Journal of the Punjab University Historical Society. 28 (2): 173–191. Retrieved 2020-05-07.