Though reluctant initially to part with the promised Kohinoor, the Begam as well as the Shah was eventually persuaded to surrender Kohinoor to the Maharaja on l June 1813. Wafa Begam and several other ladies of the royal harem managed to escape in disguise in November 1814 and reached Ludhiana where she was received with honour by the British who granted her an annual allowance of 18,000 rupees. The Shah also escaped from Lahore and joined Wafa Begam at Ludhiana in September 1815. After the former's restoration to his throne, in August 1839, both lived together in Kabul. Upon the assassination of Shah on 5 April 1842, Wafa Begam returned to Ludhiana and remained a pensioner of the British Government till her death.
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