By Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema (Retd)
Baddomalhi is a town at the right bank of River Ravi, located 35 miles northeast of Lahore. It was previously part of Sialkot District. On July 1, 1991, Narowal District was formed and Baddomalhi became a part of Narowal. Baddomalhi town was founded by a Malhi, Muhammad Jani, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Baddomalhi is an agricultural region having very fertile land. Its Basmati rice is very famous which is exported and liked all over the world. There are many Rice Husking Mills in the town to cater for the domestic and international demand of rice.
History of Malhis: The Malhi is a sub-caste of Jat. Malhis live in Pakistani Punjab and Indian Punjab. The Malhis living in Pakistan are Muslims while those living in India are Hindus and Sikhs.
Once Malhis controlled the city of Multan, its surrounding areas, and parts of the Malwa region of Rajasthan but by the time the Alexander the Great arrived in Indian subcontinent, their hold was reduced only to Multan. Alexander laid siege on Multan after the brave Malhis refused his demand of unconditional surrender. However, the Malhis were defeated at the end of the prolonged siege. After this battle, Alexander’s army refused to march deeper into the Indian subcontinent and headed toward Persia. A common theory is that Alexander sustained an arrow injury during that siege which later led to his death.
After this defeat, no worthwhile mention of Malhis is found in the recorded history. When the rivers in the Multan area began to dry up, the Malhi tribe moved towards the more fertile land and settled in North-East Punjab. One of the ancestors of Malhis was Baddo. One of his descendants, Rai Jani, converted to Islam and was called Muhammad Jani. During the rule of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Muhammad Jani accepted Islam and also helped in converting to Islam a large number of Malhi clan, and in turn he was given a very big Jagir by Shah Jahan. This Jagir extended from Eminabad (Gujranwala district) to Naurangabad (now in India). Muhammad Jani founded Baddomalhi town and named it after one of his ancestors Baddo. He made Baddomalhi the centre of his Jagir.
Location of Baddomalhi
Local Map of Baddomalhi
“Lord Malhi”, a Renowned Politician from Baddomalhi. Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi (1913 – 1991), commonly known as “Lord Malhi”, was a resident of Baddomalhi. He was a leading member of the Muslim League and had very active role in Pakistan Movement. He later served as West Pakistan’s Minister for Law, Education and Parliamentary Affairs in 1955.
Lord Malhi was also head of Pakistan’s delegation to the Geneva Conference in 1955. At this conference, he delivered a speech defending the rights of Afro-Asian countries. He also led Pakistan’s delegation to the United Nations and addressed the United Nations assembly on the political challenges facing South Asia.
Lord Malhi refused all salaries while in office.
“Lord Malhi” with Quaid-e-Azam at Sialkot Convention, May 1944. “Lord Malhi” (Ch. Naseer Ahmad Malhi) sitting with Quaid-e-Azam. He is wearing a white achkan.
A Train at Baddomalhi Railway Station. Photo by Muddassar Khan.
An Overloaded Train at Baddomalhi Railway Station
Platform of Baddomalhi Railway Station. Photo by Fahad Aftab.
Fare & Time Table at Baddomalhi Railway Station
Trees at the Platform of Baddomalhi Railway Station
A Signboard at Baddomalhi Railway Station
Exit of Baddomalhi Railway Station
Sports Slogan of Baddomalhi Sports Teams
Govt Islamia Degree College, Baddomalhi
Morning Assembly at Govt Islamia Degree College, Baddomalhi
Signboard of Govt Islamia Degree College, Baddomalhi
Govt Islamia High School, Baddomalhi
Govt Islamia High School (English Medium), Baddomalhi. Please note that the stress is on “English Medium”.
Govt Primary School No. 2, Baddomalhi
Allama Iqbal School, Baddomalhi
Syed Ali Ahmad Shah Hospital, Baddomalhi. Hakeem Syed Ali Ahmad Shah established ‘Shahzain Dawakhana’ at Baddomalhi in 1906. It gained a high reputation as the finest supplier of herbs in the town. In 1947, Hakeem Sahib established ‘Shahzain Herbal International’ in Lahore. In 1980, it turned into pharmaceutical company. Hakeem Syed Salman Ali established ‘Syed Faqir Ullah Shah Trust’. He donated 15 acre land for a hospital named ‘Syed Ali Ahmad Shah Hospital’ in Baddomalhi for serving the humanity.
Model Police Station, Baddomalhi
Motorcycle Force of Model Police Station, Baddomalhi
Jhaal near Baddomalhi on Marala-Ravi Link Canal (MRLC)
Photos of Punjab
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