When in 1835, Dost Muhammad Khan declared a holy war on the Sikhs to recover Peshawar, he won over his brother Sultan Muhammad Khan to his side. However, Sultan Muhammad Khan placed no faith in Dost Muhammad Khan and defected to Ranjit Singh`s camp. When the British government decided to bring Afghanistan under their influence and planned with the help of Ranjit Singh to replace Dost Muhammad Khan by Shah Shuja, Sultan Muhammad Khan supported the Sikhs. Sultan Muhammad Khan was a staunch follower of the Dogra brothers. In 1845, when the Sikh army marched upon Jammu to punish Raja Gulab Singh, Sultan Muhammad Khan strongly pleaded for the Raja.
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