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Hari Singh Nalwa’s Historic Fort to be Converted into Museum
BY: State government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)

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The state government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) is going to convert the historic fort built by the great Sikh general Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa into a museum. Notably, the fort was built by Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa in 1822 over an area of 35,420 square feet in the Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Later, some construction work was also done in this fort by the rulers of the British Empire.

Latest updates reveal that the archaeology department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has sent a note to the Chief Minister Mehmood Khan for taking control of the fort and its opening for the tourists.

Similarly, the Haripur district administration has also expressed readiness to hand over the fort to the archaeology department.

Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837) was Commander-in-chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army, the army of the Sikh Empire. He is known for his role in the conquests of Kasur, Sialkot, Attock, Multan, Kashmir, Peshawar and Jamrud. He is also the founder of the Haripur city in Pakistan, which is named after him.

Hari Singh Nalwa was responsible for expanding the frontier of the Sikh Empire to beyond the Indus River right up to the mouth of the Khyber Pass. At the time of his death, the western boundary of the empire was Jamrud.

He also served as governor of Kashmir, Peshawar and Hazara. He had established a mint on behalf of the Sikh Empire to facilitate revenue collection in Kashmir and Peshawar.