I did not have the gumption to omit a single word from this grand person's narrative. He is around 80 so do appreciate the details which he can remember.
I am extremely sorry for replying to your e-mail after this inordinate delay. It was due to various mishaps.
In the first instance I lost the printout of your e-mail which I wanted to attend to a couple of days later. Unfortunately, I cannot operate a computer .So I could not read your message. My computer assistant had proceeded on leave. When he returned he found that the computer was out of order. It was only yesterday that I got copies of your two e-mails.
I am highly appreciative of your interest in Mustafa Castle, our family treasure. This building was completed in 1900 by my grand father Nawab Ishaq Khan.
Now a word about Mustafa Khan Shaifta after whom the building was named. He was one of the most distinguished notables of the time of the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar. Apart from being a big landlord he was a great poet and critic. He had the distinction of being a very close friend, admirer and, in times of need, a patron of Ghalib, the greatest Urdu and Persian poet of the Sub-continent. Although he was a man of letters he got into serious trouble after the British succeeded in regaining control of Delhi in 1857. Mustafa Khan's mother was the daughter of the Commander in Chief of the Mughal army, Ismail Baig Hamadani. Even after the surrender of the Mughal army he continued his fight against the British and finally retreated to Nepal. Nawab Mustafa Khan was tried for supposedly supporting the uprising which had emanated from Meerut. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment. He was confined in a cell of the military jail of Meerut cantonment which had been improvised for the convicts of the 1857 uprising and was later abandoned. This small jail happened to be right in the centre of the area which comprises Mustafa Castle. It was purchased by Nawab Ishaq Khan along with the adjoining area comprising nearly 30 acres of land. He then built Mustafa Castle as his homage to the memory and honor of his father Mustafa Khan. The cell in which he was imprisoned was retained in its original shape in the building he constructed.
Due to the efforts of Ghalib and Nawab Siddique Hasan Khan, the husband of Begum of Bhopal, who had good relations with the British, it was realised that Mustafa Khan Shaifta had no involvement with the forces that had driven the British out of Delhi. He was released from jail after a period of seven months.
Here are my answers to your queries.
Sorry for this very elaborate reply. If you need more information you may contact my niece Bina- telephone-661298 and Iqbal Mohammad Khan- telephone-663551 Both of them are residing in Mustafa Castle.
I hope I have answered all your queries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Adani