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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎26v] (57/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 folios). It was created in 1898. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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REPORT OF KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BAKHSH
Salih Muhammad considerably improved Lash and made it his head
quarters.
Salih Muhammad’s son, Abd-ur-Rasul, died at Farah and left several sons
one of whom was Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Ahmad Khan, who was Deputy Governor of Kalakah. *
On the death of Salih Muhammad in 1850, which took place after that
of Abd-ur-Rasul, Ahmad Khan succeeded to the jagir of Lash. He was
however, in disfavour with Amir Dost Muhammad Khan and intrigued with
the Persians. He received a summons from Amir Dost Muhammad Khan to
join his camp at Herat in 1862, but he declined to go and fled to Khurasan.
However, he returned to Lash at the beginning of Amir Slier Ali Khan’s
reign. Soon after his return he renewed his intrigues with Persia and contracted
an alliance witli Mir Alam Khan, Chief of Kain and Sistan, by giving his
daughter in marriage to the latter’s son, Mir Ismail Khan (the present Shauknt
ul-Mulk, Chief of Kdin).
Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Ahmad Khan died about the year 1875 and was succeeded at L&sh
by his eldest son, Shams-ud-Din Khan. The latter was, however, killed by his
younger brother, Muhammad Haidar. The family emigrated to Persia a few
years afterwards when the girl who is betrothed to Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Nauroz Khan of
Kharan was taken by one of her brothers to her elder sister at liiriand with
whom she still lives. j “ ” ltu
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Customs Department of Kain and shtan. icspective territories and paid a fixed
i, i . . « . sum of Tumans 300 per annum each on
that account to the Persian Government.
Three years ago the farmer of the customs of Khurdsdn claimed the
customs dues of both these districts as part of his contract, whereupon t e
Perstan Government authorized him to make his own arrangements Accord
ZL VrT-Ti w 9 - me f t0 Bir i and t0 take the into their own
' a /' T '?, Chlef 0 vain ’ Imwever, refused to allow them to be<’in onerationa
and turned them out of ids territory. 0 °P eratlons
Thef srmcr complained to the Persian Government and hrnnolit j
and that he should allow the farmei L v ? U t ° mS De P arttQ « Dt in future,
the dues in future ““ t0 make blS °' vn a "augemeuts to colleci
On receipt of these orders the farmer sublet the customs of Kain
* See concluding portion of paragraph 84. and Sistan to Mirza Muhammad Husain
t Miku is a small village on the Tabriz frontier. Herati* and Mirza Abdulla Makui f (a
*'r K ‘z i iS oi ij,'” h T s“ 5 '~
duties, but being threatened by the Per^ sub ' contractors to assume their
he had to give im 7 the Persia “ Government with severe measures
arrived LtS'aW middlfofthat ^ 0 ^““^ ° f JaBUary 1898 and
^strict and made hfahealqtanlrs at BbLrd USt< M- S P!| ,artlnent of the Kain
Pirjand for Sistan towards the end of lir . u TQ^!o Za ^• u ^ amm ad Husain left
collection of customs there. March 1898 to assume control of the
submitted'to’the c^ante tithotfanv oppost' 161 ' ins ‘ r " ctions bis father,
Uetl T 7 S T 0H in tlle dischargt 0 f 0 hi s a d n utiS giVinS ^ Muham -
district and toes nottpenly interfere with thl T officials from the
very much against the establishment of an / C ,° ntraCt0rS ’ but be is sti11
In ins district. onsnment ot an independent Customs Department

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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 76; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎26v] (57/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x00003a> [accessed 23 May 2024]

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