Mir Masjidi Khan

Afghan resistance leader

Sahibzada Mir Masjidi Khan (died 1841) was a leader in the Kohistan region of Afghanistan. He opposed the occupation of Afghanistan by the Government of British India during the First Anglo-Afghan War. Leaders in the Kohistan region including Mir Masjidi Khan, refused to pay taxes to the British, and began to organize their soldiers in July 1840.[1] After attacks by British soldiers he and Sultan Muhammad Khan joined forces with Dost Muhammad Khan and fought a major battle with British at Parwan on November 2nd, 1840.[1] After the battle Mir Masjid Khan continued to attack the British, while Dost Muhammad Khan surrendered. Mir Masjidi was later given poison by the British and he later died.[source?]

He is remembered by the Mir Masjidi Khan Medal, the second highest civilian award in Afghanistan. Winners have included the boxer Hamid Rahimi,[2] truck driver Adam Khan,[3] Olympic games coach Bashir Taraki[4] and teacher Attaullah Wahidyar.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Noelle, Christine (1997). State and Tribe in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan: The Reign of Amir Dost Muhammad Khan (1826-1863). Oxford: Routledge. ISBN 0700706291.
  2. "Afghanistan Online: Biography (Hamid Rahimi)". afghan-web.com. 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. "BBC News - 'Fifty years of driving in the world's most volatile city'". bbc.co.uk. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. "Afghan Olympics medalist awarded high level state medal -". khaama.com. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. "Dr Attaullah Wahidyar - University of Sydney". fdp.edsw.usyd.edu.au. 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.