MIRZĀ BEG, a Mughal official who, in 1696, accompanied Prince Mu'azzam (later Emperor Bahādur Shāh of Delhi), sent by Emperor Auraṅgzīb to settle affairs in the Punjab. The Prince stationed himself in Lahore and sent Mirzā Beg towards the Śivālik hills. Mirzā Beg brought the hill rājās to submission. He, however, became an admirer of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh whom he came to know through Bhāī Nānd Lāl, who was a devoted Sikh and who had come to the Punjab as a member of Prince Mu'azzam's entourage. According to Bachitra Nāṭak, Mirzā Beg punished those who had deserted the Gurū, whereas those who continued to stay with the Gurū escaped harm.