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Muqarrab Khan
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Aurangzeb leads the Mughal Army during the Siege of Satara.

Muqarrab Khan of Golconda (titled Khan-Zaman Fath Jang) was the most experienced commander in Golconda, during the reign of Abul Hasan Qutb Shah. Muqarrab Khan is known to have been an ally of Afzal Khan and defended Golconda's southern realms against Maratha raids.

Muqarrab Khan was a political rival of Abul Hasan Qutb Shah's viziers Madanna and Akkanna.

After Abul Hasan Qutb Shah, escaped from his administrative duties by retreating into the Golconda Fort along with 1000 women who were known for their mastery in music and song. Muqarrab Khan had become the de facto ruler of Golconda.

Mughal service

Defection to the Mughal Empire

Before, Aurangzeb and his forces initiated the Siege of Golconda, Muqarrab Khan the most experienced commander in Golconda, defected to the Mughals. Muqarrab Khan and his forces proved their fighting experience and worth against the Maratha when he led a contingent that eventually hunted-down Chattrapati Sambhaji maharaj at Sangameshwar and brought him to Aurangzeb.

Capture of Chattrapati Sambhaji maharaj

Sambhaji maharaj and his men were captured by Muqarrab Khan and his Mughal contingent of 25,000. When Sambhaji maharaj was presented before the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, he the emperor knelt in prayer and thanksgiving to Allah. Sambhaji maharaj dared Aurangzeb in open court and flatly refused to convert to Islam. A panel of Qadi's of the Mughal Empire indicted and sentenced Sambhaji maharaj to death.

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