An officer in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Army
Who commanded the special artillery wing of Fauj-i-Khas and a portion of the artillery corps named Derah-Ilahi Bakhsh. General Ilahi Bakhsh’s topkhana took part in most of the military campaigns of the Maharaja. It was employed to great effect during the conquest of Multan in 1818, and, two years later, in the pacification of Hazara and Dera Ghazi Khan.
The Maharaja often called upon General Ilahi Bakhsh to display, on ceremonial occasions, the skill and effectiveness of his batteries. At the time of the Ropar meeting in October 1831 between the Maharaja and Lord William Bentinck, Governor-General of India, Ilahi Bakhsh arranged a demonstration of his artillery as well as of his own firing skill in the course of evening entertainments and the review of troops. Sir Lepel Griffin described him as "the best artillery officer in the Sikh army."