By Dr. Sohail Ansari
After his exile from Junagadh, Muhammad Mahabat Khan III and his family settled in Karachi, where he died of rabies at the age of 59 years.
He was fond of dogs and is believed to have owned 300 of those. It is said that each dog had a separate kennel and caretaker. British painters were commissioned for painting his favourite dogs and those were hung in his Palace. He was known to arrange elaborate parties to celebrate birthdays and weddings of his favourite dogs.
He once staged a ‘state wedding’ for two of his favourite dogs. Lord Irwin was also invited to grace the occasion of marriage of Roshanara with Bobby. They were ‘married’ with a lavish ceremony, and the Nawab himself headed the wedding procession. He gave the ‘bride’ a Jewelled collar as a wedding gift. There was a nuptial banquet and an extensive fireworks display. Next day someone discovered the ‘bride’ being unfaithful to her husband and matting with another dog. She was executed and the Nawab ordered court mourning!
When leaving for Karachi, planes were chartered to bring his pet dogs as well.