GHULĀM MURTAZĀ, MIRZĀ, served the Lahore Darbār under Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh and his successors for several years. One of his ancestors, Hādī Beg, a Mughal migrant from Samarkand, had emigrated to the Punjab in 1530 during the reign of Bābar and got appointment as qāzī or magistrate over seventy villages in the neighbourhood of Qādīāṅ. Hādī Beg's descendants were engaged in constant struggle with the Rāmgaṛhīā and Kanhaiyā sardārs who had occupied territory in the neighbourhood of Qādiāṅ. Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh who had confiscated the possessions of the Rāmgaṛhīa chiefship restored to Ghulām Murtazā a large portion of his ancestral estates. Ghulām Murtazā entered the army of the Mahārājā and served on the Kashmīr frontier and at other places. During the time of Mahārājā Khaṛak Siṅgh and his successors, Ghulām Murtazā did his stints of active service. He accompanied General Ventura in 1841 to Maṇḍī and Kullū, and in 1843 he was sent to Peshāwar. Mirzā Ghulām Murtazā settled at Qādīāṅ, but his estate was resumed upon the occupation of the Punjab by the British.
G. S. Nayyar