A fort with a rich past. In 1895, when a coup d’etat cost the life of the Mehtar Nizam Ul Mulk, Amir ul Mulk seized the Chitral fort. Chronicles describe that Amir ul Mulk’s sister was married to Umra Khan, a local Chief of Dir & Bajaur who came across Lorai pass 3200 m and siezed the Drosh Fort.
British Political Agent at Gilgit, Major George Robertson was sent by the government to report with 400 escorts to Chitral to report about the situation. Umra Khan assisted Sher Afzal (so called Mehtar of Chitral), who during his conquests after Bajaur and Dir made an excursion to Chitral. Chitral fort was under siege from 3 March till 19 April 1895. British Garrison at Chitral Fort held out untill the approach of a small force under Colonel Kelly, which caused the invaders to withdraw. As a result Umra Khan fled to Afghanistan and Sher Afzal was imprisoned.