AKBAR KHĀN, MUHAMMAD (d. 1848), son of Dost Muhammad Khān, the ruler of Afghanistan. He was a fiery young man of great dash and daring. Like his father, he was keen to regain the Afghān possessions in India - Multān, Kashmīr, Attock and Peshāwar. In 1837, Dost Muhammad Khān declared a holy war against the Sikhs and attacked the fortress of Jamrūd at the entrance to the Khaibar Pass. An attack led by Akbar Khān was repulsed, though the valiant Sikh general, Harī Siṅgh Nalvā, was killed in the action. After the assassination of Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh in September 1843, Akbar Khān's ambition to recover Peshāwar was revived. Early in 1844 he set up his camp at Jalālābād and began to make preparations for an attack on Peshāwar, but failed to take possession of the city. He died in 1848.
Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā