Mohammed bin Qasim and the capture of Sindh:
After repeated failures for close to 80 years, the Arabs sent an army in 710 AD
under a 17 year old General Mohammed Bin Qasim. Accompanied by 6000 Syrian
cavalry, 6000 camel riders, irregulars and boosted by Arab soldiers in Makran, the
army invaded Sindh.
Cities like Fannazbur and Lasbela were captured. Debal was stormed and its
temple destroyed. Mohammed Bin Qasim kept getting reinforcements repeatedly. Finally he crossed the Indus and met King Dahir and his army in 711 AD at the battle of Raor. The battle was fierce and King Dahir fought like a hero
forcing Bin Qasim into self doubts. But it was not Dahir’s day and he lost the battle and his head was cut off from his body. Thus the Arabs by winning Sindh gained a foothold in India and King Dahir became a great martyr for India.
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