SHER MUHAMMAD KHĀN, NAWĀB (d. 1710), an Afghān feudatory of the Mughals, was the chief of Mālerkoṭlā and held a high military position in the sarkār or division of Sirhind. He had participated in the battle of Chamkaur and was present in the court at Sirhind when Nawāb Wazīr Khān, the faujdār, pronounced death for Sāhibzādā Zorāwar Siṅgh and Sāhibzādā Fateh Siṅgh, the younger sons of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who were 9 and 7 years of age, respectively. Sher Muhammad Khān pleaded against the death sentence on the ground that the boys were too young to be given such a harsh penalty and could not in any case be held responsible for the actions of their father. Wazīr Khān, however, overruled the objection and the Sāhibzādās were brutally executed.

        When Bandā Siṅgh Bahādur advanced on Sirhind in 1710, Nawāb Sher Muhammad Khān at the head of his Mālerkoṭlā contingent, formed part of Wazīr Khān's army. He was killed in the action that ensued, i.e. the battle of Chappar Chiṛi fought on 12 May 1710.


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