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In 1021, Sultan Mahmud appointed Malik Ayaz to the throne and made Lahore the capital of the Ghaznavid Empire.
As the first Muslim governor of Lahore, Ayaz rebuilt and repopulated the city.
Lahore was called by different names throughout history.
To date there is no conclusive evidence as to when it was founded.
Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, the mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jahan, Chauburji Gate, and the walled city are some of the major tourist attractions in the city.
Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Indo-Saracenic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum, Lahore Railway Station, and many older universities and colleges including the University of the Punjab, Govt College and King Edward Medical University.
The Solanki tribe, belonging to Amukhara Pattan which included the Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer "point to Lahore" as their place of earliest settlement. Though Timur captured the city in 1397, he did not loot it because "it was not rich then".
With a rich history dating back over a millennium, Lahore is a main cultural centre of the Punjab region and Pakistan.
The area of Lahore has almost doubled in the last 12 to 14 years. Ptolemy, the celebrated 2nd-century Egyptian astronomer and geographer, mentions in his Geographia a city called Labokla situated on the route between the Indus River and Palibothra, or Pataliputra (Patna) mostly, in a tract of country called Kasperia (Kashmir).
It was described as extending along the rivers Bidastes or Vitasta (Jhelum), Sandabal or Chandra Bhaga (Chenab), and Adris or Iravati (Ravi). "impressive temples, large markets and huge orchards." It refers to "two major markets around which dwellings exist", and it also mentions "the mud walls that enclose these two dwellings to make it one." The original document is currently held in the British Museum.
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'.Thus along with Agra and Delhi, it became an "alternate seat of imperial court".