His agent, Abdul Rasul Kashmiri, met Zobeir in Cairo.Zobeir attracted the notice of the Government of India who in 1888 sent two of its agents Munshi Aziz ud-Din and Jasvant Singh called "father of the turban" by Zobeir on account of his unwieldy turban to Cairo posing as friends of the Maharaja. That was the time of the decline of Zobeir. All his property had been confiscated and he was living in a house near the railway station in Cairo. Though allowed personal freedom he was carefully watched and his movements restricted.
The only names from among Duleep Singh's friends in India he remembered were those of Baba Khem Singh Bedi and some chiefs near Firozpur (presumably the Raja of Faridkot).
1. Ganda Singh, ed., History of the Freedom Movement in the Panjab (Maharaja Duleep Singh Correspondence). Patiala, 1972