Gujranwalla (gŏjˌränˈvälə) [key], city (1998 pop. 1,124,749), NE Pakistan. A road and rail hub, with linkage to Peshawar and Lahore, it is a commercial center trading in grains, melons, and sugarcane. There are varied manufactures, including iron safes, metal utensils, ceramics, textiles, pipes, electric fans, and leather products. Gujranwalla rose to prominence under Ranjit Singh, the great Sikh ruler (18th cent.), who was born in the city. A mausoleum houses the ashes of Ranjit Singh and his father, Mahan Singh.
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