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which has transferred into modern times with their dominance of agriculture and military fields in Pakistan.
In addition, Punjabis in Pakistan have been quite prominent politically, having had many elected members of parliament.
In 1799 Ranjit Singh moved the capital to Lahore from Gujranwala, where it had been established in 1763 by his grandfather, Charat Singh.
After Ranjit Singh's death in 1839, the empire was severely weakened by internal divisions and political mismanagement.
However, the growth of Muslim nationalism led to the All India Muslim League becoming the dominant party in the 1946 elections.
As Muslim separatism increased, the opposition from Punjabi Hindus and Sikhs increased substantially.
This opportunity was used by the British East India Company to launch the Anglo-Sikh Wars.
The country was finally annexed and dissolved at the end of the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849 into separate princely states and the British province of Punjab.
Today, Punjabis continue to be the largest ethnic group in Pakistan, accounting for half of the country's population.The coalescence of the various tribes, castes and the inhabitants of the Punjab into a broader common "Punjabi" identity initiated from the onset of the 18th century CE.Prior to that the sense and perception of a common "Punjabi" ethno-cultural identity and community did not exist, even though the majority of the various communities of the Punjab had long shared linguistic, cultural and racial commonalities.Punjabis in India can be found in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Large communities of Punjabis are also found in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir and in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Traditionally, Punjabi identity is primarily linguistic, geographical and cultural.