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Fateh Khan Tiwana (d. 1848) was the son of Khuda Yar Khan, a jagirdar in the neighbourhood of Dera Ismail Khan. The Sikh general, Hari Singh Nalwa appointed him to take charge of Mittha Tiwana, country in the upper regions of the Sindh Sagar Doab. On being implicated in the assassination of Raja Dhian Singh in September 1843, Fateh Khan fled to Dera Ismail Khan and raised the standard of revolt.

When in 1844 Diwan Lakkhi Mall was sent from Lahore to punish him, Fateh Khan took shelter in the fort of Tonk, but was forced to flee. He remained in hiding in the trans Indus territory. Later, he was implicated in the murder of Karivar Pashaura Singh. After the first Anglo-Sikh war, Fateh Khan Tiwana became the governor of Bannu. In November 1848, Herbert Edwardes sent him to suppress Sikh disturbances. A Sikh force brought him to bay in the fort of Dalipgarh where he was killed in action.

References

1. Suri, Sohan Lal, `Udmat-ut-Twarikh. Lahore, 1885-89

2. Khushwant Singh, A History of the Sikhs, vol. II. Princeton, 1966

3. Bhagat Singh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and His Times. Delhi, 1990

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