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Few references to Lahore remain from before its capture by Sultan Mahmud of Ghaznavi in the 11th century.The sultan took Lahore after a long siege and battle in which the city was torched and depopulated.Scholars and poets from as far away as Kashghar, Bukhara, Samarkand, Iraq, Khorasan and Herat, gathered in Lahore and made it a city of learning.Under Aibak, Lahore had more poets of Persian than any other Islamic city.
Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Lahore became the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province.
Under Ayaz's rule, the city became a cultural and academic centre, renowned for poetry.
During the reign of Qutbu l-Din Aibak, Lahore was known as the 'Ghazni of India'.
Many of Lahore's most renowned sites date from this period, and include the Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque, the Lahore Fort, and the Shalimar Gardens.
Mughal Emperor Humayun, his son married Hamida Banu Begum in Lahore while fleeing to Persia.