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Sialkot Fort

Near the Chanab River, in the northeast of Punjab province or Pakistan, a city and capital of Sialkot District known as Sialkot is located. From Lahore, it is about 125 km in north. The history of Sialkot can be traced back to the thousands of years. Since the foundation of Sialkot, many nations like Hindu, Persian, Buddhist, Turk, Greek, Afghan, Sikh, Mughal and British migrated here and from here and today, this city is the part of Pakistan. Sialkot is a place with so many historical sites like Iqbal Munzil, Puran’s Well and Sialkot Fort etc are located.

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Sialkot gave birth to many noted personalities of Pakistan like Dr. Muhammad Allma Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and so many others. Sialkot is one of the oldest cities of Pakistan and due to the Sialkot for it has got historical significance. According to a historian Diayas Jee, around the second century CE, the ruler Raja Salban re-established the city of Sialkot. He ruled on the areas between the River Ravi and the River Chanab. For the defense of the city, Raja Salban built the Sialkot fort.

At the time of construction, Sialkot fort had double walls and it took around two years to complete the construction of this fort. Stones, Slabs and rocks were brought from Pathankot to the location of fort and it is said that around 10,000 laborers and masons were used for the repair and extension of the Fort. the purpose of building this fort was the defense of city and two huge walls and twelve bastions were built in the fort.

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A ruler Shahab ud-Din Ghori ruled the Lahore city and Sindh Province from 1179 to 1186 and he captured the Sialkot Fort with the help of the Raja of Jammu. In the late fourteenth century CE, Sultan Firuz Shah Tughluq after accepting their suzerainty in the region, gave the Sialkot Fort to the Jnjua Tribes.

Another historian, named as Rashid Niaz, who authored Tareek-e-Sialkot writes that the Sialkot Municipal Corporation made the discovery of second wall in 1923 while carrying out civil work in the city. At that time from Taxila and Delhi, expert archeologists visited the Sialkot and confirmed that the “faseel” (stone wall) was 5,000 years old. They also confirmed that later that wall was rebuilt.

Due to the lack of attention, today, few ruins including a bastion are all that exist from the fort.

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