Walled City lahore Authority

Mirza Abu al Hasan Jah, titled Asif Khan was the brother of Noor Jahan, foremost of Emperor Jahangir’s twenty wives and father of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Emperor Shah Jahan.

In 1636, he was elevated as Khan-e-Khana and commander-in-chief and a year later became the governor of Lahore. Asif Khan died on 12 June 1641 in a battle against the forces of rebel Raja Jagat Singh. His tomb was built in the Shahdara Bagh complex in four years by Shah Jahan. The tomb is an octagonal structure with a high bulbous dome, stands on an eight-sided podium originally of red sand stone amid a spacious walled garden approached through a gate in the south. The tomb was also plundered by the Sikhs in the 19th century for its marble and sandstone. The Akbari Sarai, along with the Tombs of Jahangir and Asif Khan, were inscribed on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.

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