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1812 Excerpt: ...empire of the Mahratas had, at this proud moment,
reached its zenith. The battle of Panipat'h took place soon
afterwards; since which it has rapidly declined. H made one of
those rapid movements for which he was so celebrated, and reaching
the Sikh army on the second day, completely surprised, and defeated
it with great slaughter. In this action, which was fought in
February, 1762, the Sikhs are said to have lost upwards of twenty
thousand men, and the remainder fled into the hills, abandoning all
the lower countries to the Afghans, who committed every ravage that
a barbarous and savage enemy could devise. Amritsar was razed to
the ground, and the sacred reservoir again choaked with its ruins.
Pyramids were erected, and covered with the heads of slaughtered
Sikhs: and it is mentioned, that Ahmed Shah caused the walls of
those mosques, which the Sikhs had polluted, to be washed with
their blood, that the contamination might be removed, and the
insult offered to the religion of Muhammed expiated. This is a very
common usage amongst eastern conquerors. The history of Jenghiz
Khan, Taimur and Nadir Shah, afford many examples of this mode of
treating their vanquished enemies. This species of savage
retaliation appears to have animated, instead of depressing, the
courage of the Sikhs; who, though they could not venture to meet
Ahmed Shah's army in action, harassed it with an incessant
predatory warfare; and, when that sovereign was obliged, by the
commotions of Afghanistan, to return to Cabul, they attacked and
defeated the general he had left in Lahore, and made themselves
masters of that city, in which they levelled with the ground those
mosques which the Afghans had, a few months before, purified with
the blood of their brethren. Ahmed Shah, in 1763, retook La...
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