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of a violent and untractable disposition, and therefore unfit to reign ; he also observed, that the power of the Prince Kurra Khan was so great, that a civil war was to be apprehended if the succession should not be continued in his family, and that, consequently, as the father was absent, it would be most prudent for the nobles to place the reins of government in the hands of his son Keikobad, a prince of mild disposition, and then present in Dehly. So great was the influence of this minister at the time, that he procured the throne for Keikobad ; and Kei Khoosrow, glad to escape with life, returned to his former government of Lahore.
In the glorious reign of Gheias-ood-Deen Bulbun, there flourished at Dehly, besides the great men we have already mentioned, the learned and celebrated Sheikh Fureed-ood-Deen Musaood, entitled Shukurgunj ; Sheikh Baha-ood-Deen Zacharia, and his son ; also Sheikh Budr-ood-Deen Aarif of Ghizny, the philosopher; the learned and holy Kootb-ood-Deen Bukhtyar Kaky; Siddy Mowla, and many more, eminent in various branches of science and literature.
His person described his propensities. Nizam-ood-Deen,
the minister's son, forms a design on the throne — procures Kei Khoosrow, the King's cousin, to be murdered. Encreasing power of Nizam-ood-Deen - cuts off several of the Mogul officers in the army, and seizes their property. - The King refuses to listen to the complaints against Nizam-ood-Deen. Kurra Khan, the King's father, is induced to march from. Bengal to assert his claim to the throne abandons his title, but requests a meeting with his son. — Description of the visit.
Kurra Khan persuades his son to remove Nizam-ood-Deen from his presence. — Nizan-ood-Deen appointed governor of Mooltan - delays his journey — the King procures him to be poisoned. - New administration. - The King falls sick. Two parties at court - the one composed of Moguls, the other of the family of Khiljy. — The Moguls endeavour to seize the leader of the Khiljies — obtain possession of the Prince Keiomoors, an infant, the King's only son. Khiljies rescue the child, and expel the Moguls — their leader is slain. - Julalood-Deen Khiljy, the chief of the opposite party, procures the assassination of the King in his sick bed. Ascends the throne. – End of the dynasty of the Toorks of Ghoor.
As soon as the late King was numbered with the dead, his grandson, Keikobad, the son of Nasir-oodDeen, Kurra Khan, then in his eighteenth year, ascended the throne, and assumed the title of Moiz., ood-Deen. This prince was remarkably handsome in his person, and of an affable and mild disposition. He had a taste for literature, and his knowledge of books was considerable. His mother was a beautiful princess, daughter of Shums-ood-Deen Alt
mish; and if purity of blood is of any real worth, Keikobad had that to boast of for a series of generations.
As he had been bred up with great rigour under his father, when he became master of his own actions, he began to give a loose to pleasure without restraint. His own pursuits soon became the fashion at court, and in a short time licentiousness and vice prevailed to such an extent, that every shady grove was filled with women and parties of pleasure, and every street rung with riot and tumult, so that even the magistrates were seen drunk in public, and music was heard in every house.
The King, having fitted up a palace at Keloo. kery, on the banks of the Jumna, retired thither to enjoy himself undisturbed, admitting no company but singers, players, musicians, and buffoons. Mullik Nizam-ood-Deen, nephew and son-in-law of the Ameer-ool-Omra (Mullik Fukhr-ood-Deen Kotwal), was raised to the office of chief secretary, and got the reins of government into his hands, while Mullik Kowam-ood-Deen, more celebrated for his learning than for his qualities as a statesman, was appointed his deputy. Nizam-ood-Deen, perceiving the King wholly engrossed by his pleasures, formed a design to usurp the throne. The first object of his attention was Kei Khoosrow. That Prince had gone to Ghizny, and endeavoured to induce Teimoor Khan, the viceroy of the province, to aid him with troops, in deposing his cousin, Keikobad; but he failed in the attempt; and, moreover, found that he had few friends in that
quarter. He therefore petitioned the King to be allowed to retain Mooltan, and the western provinces.
In the mean time Nizam-ood-Deen contrived to render this Prince as obnoxious as possible to the King. He prevailed on Kei Khoosrow to visit Dehly, and hired assassins for the purpose, who murdered him on his way to the capital, at the village of Rohtuk. Nizam-ood-Deen also forged a correspondence between Khwaja Khutteer the Vizier and Kei Khoosrow, and effected that mi. nister's disgrace and banishment. Besides which, he caused all the old servants of the late King to be secretly cut off one after another, so that although general dismay prevailed throughout the city, none as yet suspected Mullik Nizain-ood-Deen as the cause.
In this state of affairs, advices arrived of another invasion of the districts of Lahore by the Moguls. Mullik Yar Beg Birlass and Khan Jehan were sent with an army against them; the Moguls were defeated near Lahore, and numbers of prisoners were brought to Dehly. It was at this period that the minister inspired the King with jealousy of his Mogul troops, who, as soldiers of fortune, had been enlisted in vast numbers into the service. He pretended that, in case of a Mogul invasion, they would certainly join their countrymen; and he insinuated, at the same time, that he believed there already existed some secret understanding between them.
Keikobad listened to these insinuations, and one day, having assembled the Mogul chiefs, he