Kusak Fort – Chakwal


It is said that Chakwal was the most destroyed during the Sikh period, the forts of Mukhiyala and Kasik were also destroyed during the Sikh period…in 1809-1810 when Janjua Sardar Sultan Fateh Muhammad Khan was the ruler of the place. Maharaja Ranjit Singh came and besieged the fort of Kasik. Despite being very powerful, the Maharaja could not conquer the fort for 6 months. Finally, when the water ran out in the fort, Janjua Raja Sultan Fateh Muhammad Khan vacated the fort.

At a distance of ten kilometers from Chawasidan-Shah, a road leads to the village of Witli
At a distance of about 31 kilometers from Ratochapar village, there is a village named Kusak at the foot of the mountains. On the north side of Kusak village, the Kusak fort is visible from a distance. Before the establishment of Pakistan, Kusak had a central position.
Most of the population consisted of Hindus, and Hindus dominated the business.

A Hindu place of worship was constructed inside the fort, two ponds have been constructed for the population living in the fort, a well has been constructed for the settlement of Kasik, and now the entire village gets water from this well. It is impossible to reach the fort without a guide from the local population. Inside the fort, the roof of the residential part is missing. Stairs are built with huge stones to reach inside. To the south of the temple, there is a thada and four walls. Today both the water ponds are dry. The forts in the surroundings of Kusak Fort are also important in their own place. According to Sahibzada Sultan Ali, there are many forts found on the upper and lower side of Kohistan Namak, smooth and level, some of the forts have been destroyed in the form of ruins. The forts of Samarkand, Gathanwala, and Shahkot can be seen in an incomplete state.

Kusak fort is located on the southern peak of Kohistan Namak, Maharaja Ranjit Singh himself besieged it. Janjua Sardar Sultan Fateh Muhammad Khan, whose descendants are present in this village till the time of writing, Sultan Muhammad Khan fought Ranjit Singh bravely. He surrendered when the water supply ran out. The total area of ​​the fort of Kusak is about half a mile. The height of the south and east walls is 270 feet. There are two gates on the north side, one of which has fallen down. About 70 houses have been constructed in the western part of Kusk. There was a bungalow-like palace in the middle of the fort, which was reserved for the king or the rulers. The water ponds were filled during the rainy season. This water was used for drinking. Houses were also built to store grain.


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