Long before the Pakistani military, the people of the Indus were also making weaponry Pakistan has a rich tradition of making weaponry, all of which has built up to modern day equipment like the JF-17, Al Khalid MBT or Project AZM. This is where it all started: These weapons come from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, both cities that were part of the Indus Valley Civilisation. It seems probable that these weapons would have been mostly used to hunt animals, deal with criminals, and defend oneself from uncivilised raiders. Unfortunately, we can never know for sure unless and until Indus script is deciphered, but we can make an educated guess based on our current knowledge of history. How peaceful was Harappan Civilization? Tools/Weapons/Technology Our land has also been the abode of many great military figures Porus was a King from Jhelum who put up a brave fight against Alexander, inflicting large casualties upon his army and killing his horse, Bucephalus. Despite losing the battle, Alexander was so impressed by the behaviour of Porus that made him his satrap, and gifted him an even larger area to ruler over. The difficulty of the battle also resulted in Alexander's forces simply refusing to progress any further, fearful of what other nearby kingdoms could do to them if such an insignificsnt ruler like Porus almost defeated them. Here’s a coin depicting Porus on an elephant, fighting Alexander of Macedon: Porus Alexander’s Invasion Khushal Khan Khattak was a Pashtun poet from Peshawar, who also engaged in frequent warfare with the Mughals and attempted to unite the Pashtuns against them: Khushal Khan Khattak Ahmed Khan Karral was a Punjabi freedom fighter from Pakistan, who fought against both the Sikh and British Empire, fighting against the latter while in his 70’s: Kharal and Berkley II Abdullah Bhatti was another Punjabi freedom fighter who came from Pindi Bhattian, and just like Khushal Khan Khattak he too had a bone to pick with the Mughals for killing some of his family members. He was renowned for stealing from the Mughals and redistributing their wealth among the poor: Dulla Bhatti Shahbaz Khan was also a Punjabi, who hailed from Lahore, and was the Mughal emperor Akbar’s top general. He expanded the Mughal Empire greatly, participating in some of its fiercest battles. He also harshly put down rebellions in the Bengal, and revolutionised the Mughal military system so that costs could be kept down, and efficiency would be at its maximum: Shahbaz Khan HARKING BACK: The `guzar`named after great Kamboh general People from Pakistan have also acted as good soldiers for other empires in the region Xerxes utilised soldiers from the Indus while invading Greece: History of Ancient Pakistan Muhammad Bin Qasim had many Gujjars and Baluchis in his military: Muhammad bin Qasim The Mughal emperor Babur employed many Gakhars and Pashtuns into his military: History of Gakhars Babur's relations with Pashtun tribes Mahmud Ghaznavi also employed large numbers of Indo-Aryans (mainly Punjabis) and Pashtuns as well as Baluchis into his army, as did the Ghurids: Ghaznavids had large number of Hindus in their army THE AFGHANS AND THEIR RELATIONS WITH THE GHAZNAVIDS AND THE GHURIDS (please note the word Afghan is often used interchangeably with the word Pashtun, hence why the link mentions Afghans rather than Pashtuns) The British Indian Army also had a large number of people from modern day Pakistan, such as the famous Khyber Rifles: Khyber Rifles We've produced many great dynasties/empires too Hyder Ali, the famous ruler of Mysore had a Punjabi grandfather. He defeated both the Marathas and the British Empire. During his rule, the Kingdom of Mysore also went through huge economic development, eventually surpassing London in terms of standard of living. He was also the father of the legendary Tipu Sultan, who also defeated the Maratha’s and fought bravely against the British Empire. Unravelling history: Tracing Tipu Sultan’s ancestry to Kolar and Tumakuru district Hyder Ali | emperor of India Tippu Sultan | sultan of Mysore The Lodi and Durrani Empire's were founded by Pashtuns from Pakistan. The Durrani Empire at its largest extent also had borders that mimicked the Islamic Republic of Pakistan's almost to the letter. A map of the Durrani Empire at its peak: Ahmad Shah Durrani: A King of High Rank Lodī dynasty The Shah Mir dynasty were a dynasty of Gujjars originally from Swat who ruled over all of Pakistani and Hindustani Kashmir, along with some other nearby territories. Their most notable ruler was Sikander Shah Mir, he earned the title of iconoclast because he was known for breaking Hindu statues/temples that belonged to his enemies (please remember that his time was a different one). He was also a brilliant architect, designing the Jamia Masjid in modern day Hindustani Kashmir. Jamia Masjid: Sultan Sikandar : The Man and the Myth - Lost Kashmiri History Shah Mir dynasty Ain I Akbari The Rind dynasty were a Baluchi dynasty who ruled over southern Pakistan, and at one point even sacked Delhi. The tomb of Mir Chakar Rind (ruler of the Rind dynasty): Mir Chakar Rind Chakar-i-Azam Mir Chakar Khan Rind - A Warrior Hero Of Baluchistan & Punjab Provinces of Pakistan The Samma dynasty was a powerful dynasty of Sindhi Rajputs that also ruled over much of southern Pakistan, and ushered in the golden age of Sindh with truly magnificent architecture (unfortunately, much of it has decayed). They also managed to sucessfully repulse a Mughal invasion under the ruler Jam Nizamuddin II. Samma architecture: Jam Nizamuddin II: The Sultan of the Samma dynasty The Maqpon dynasty was a dynasty from Gilgit-Baltistan that at its peak under Ali Sher Khan Anchan had spread to include much of northern Pakistan and Hindustan. 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