Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Interesting Story of Rolls Royce & Nawab of Bahawalpur


One day during his visit to London, Nawab of Bahawalpur was walking in casual dress in Bond Street. He saw a Rolls Royce showroom and went inside to inquire about the Price and Features etc of their cars.
Considering him a just another Poor Indian citizen, showroom salesmen insulted him and almost showed him the way out of the showroom. After this insult, Nawab of Bahawalpur came back to his Hotel room and asked his servants to call the showroom that Nawab of Bahawalpur city is interested in purchasing their few Cars.
After few hours King reached the Rolls Royce showroom again but with his full astonishing royal manner and in his royal costume. Until he reached the showroom there was already red carpet on the floor and all the salesmen were bent with respect. The King purchased all the six cars that they had at showroom at that time and paid full amount with delivery costs.
After reaching Pakistan, Nawab of Bahawalpur ordered municipal department to use all those six Rolls Royce cars for cleaning and transporting city’s waste. World’s number one Rolls Royce cars were being used for transportation of City’s waste, the news spread all over the world rapidly and the reputation of Rolls Royce Company was in drains.

Whenever someone used to boast in Europe or America that he owned a Rolls Royce, people used to laugh saying, “which one? The same that is used in Pakistan for carrying the waste of the City?”
Due to such reputation damages, sales of Rolls Royce dropped rapidly and revenue of company owners started falling down. Then they sent a Telegram to the Nawab of Bahawalpur for apologies and requested to stop transportation of waste in Rolls Royce cars. Not only this but they also offered Six new cars to Nawab of Bahawalpur free of cost.
When Nawab of Bahawalpur observed that Rolls Royce has learnt a lesson and they are sorry for their mistakes, He stopped using those cars for carrying wastes.

After some years Nawab of Bahawalpur Gifted the one of new Rolls Royce to King Saud’s visit to Pakistan. That was first ever Rolls Royce in Saudi Arabia. One of new car was Gifted to Muhammad Ali Jinnah Quaid-e-Azam of Pakistan. 



Prince Bahawal graduates from King’s College



AHMEDPUR EAST-Prince Bahawal Abbas Khan Abbasi, son of Bahawalpur Amir Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi, got post-graduation degree in International Political Economy (IPE) from King’s College London.

According to family sources, Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and other family members attended the graduation ceremony held in London the other day.

It is pertinent to mention that Prince Bahawal had passed A-Level Examination from Lahore Aitcheson College and got higher education in Canada.

Later, he moved to London and got enrolled in King’s College where he completed his graduation in the IPE.

Meanwhile, London-based Pakistani community met Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and his son Prince Bahawal at their hotel in London.

They congratulated Nawab Salahuddin for the prince brilliant success.


Published in The Nation newspaper on 17-Aug-2016

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The old fountain from London




The fountain in the heart of Bahawalpur is not an ordinary landmark; it’s a gift from the legendary Queen Victoria to Nawab Sadiq Khan Abbasi


So the story goes that in 1880, Queen Victoria commissioned W.T. Allen and Company in London to construct two exquisite fountains — one was to be installed near the Buckingham Palace while the other shipped across the oceans to Karachi, from where the delicate fountain was to be transported upcountry to the state of Bahawalpur. It was a gift from the legendary queen to Nawab Sadiq Khan Abbasi IV, the ruler of 17 gun salute state.

The fountain was installed in front of the Sadiqgarh Palace, the royal residence at Dera Nawab Sahib, a few kilometres outside Bahawalpur. It remained there for the next few decades as a symbol of respect for the crown and the Nawab of Bahawalpur.

Queen Victoria’s gift was a masterpiece. It had multiple layers where water would fall from top to first to second and finally to last and biggest pool on the ground level.

This was a typical Victorian-era masterpiece with a jet water flow system which was at some point in time changed with modern water pumping system.

A plaque at the fountain’s base reads, “State of Bahawalpur, 1880, Nawab His Highness, Sadik Muhammadd Khan” and built by “W.T. Allen and Co, Lambeth Hills, Upper Thames Street, London”.

Back then, W.T. Allen and Company was England’s leading manufacturer of ornamental cast iron and metal products, and their products included the Victorian postboxes, ornate lamps at Trafalgar Square – and, of course, decorative fountains.


In 1903, Bahawal Khan Abbasi was installed as the nawab after a four-year regency period under Leopold John Herbert Grey, following the death of Nawab Sadiq Khan IV in 1899. Nawab Abbasi was a benevolent as well as an enterprising soul. He ordered reinstallation of the fountain in the centre of Bahawalpur city, and personally supervised the operation.

The fountain was inaugurated by none other than Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, who was in Bahawalpur to supervise the Nawab’s coronation in November of 1903.

For the next century or so, the fountain served the people of Bahawalpur. It was cleaned and run on all state and national occasions. It became one of the city’s main landmarks, popularly called the Fowara Chowk.




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