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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎8r] (15/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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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17. CALLS.
On the 2?nd She Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. called
MOHAMMED BIN ISA, senior uncle of His Highness at
residence.
on Shaikh
His Muharraq
18. PEARLS.
Reference paragraph 19 of intelligence Summary Mo. 1.
On the 17th His Highness SHAIKH SALMAN, accompanied
by nis two uncles ani Mr. C.D. BEL GRAVE, the Adviser to the
Bahrain Government, called on the Hon’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
and appealed to him to ask for the removal of the existing
restrictions on the import of Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. pearls into India.
Che Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. asked His Highness to state the Bahrain
Government's case in writing with special reference to Public
No v/ice No. 813 Issued at Bombay on the 31st November, 1947, by
the Deputy Chief Controller of Imports and Exports which only
allows the import of pearls into India for boring, polishing,
and similar work after v/hich they must be exported. A copy of*
this notice has been passed to the Bahrain Government by this'
Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. . They have also been forwarded information received
from the Export Promotion Department of the Board of Trade
regarding marketing prospects for Gulf pearls in various parts
of the world. These do not seem to be very bright.
19. PERSIA AND BAHRAIN.
(a) On the Else January the Haifa Broadcasting Station
broadcast a Reuter's message that a representative of the
M Bahrain National Party" had arrived in Tehran and had informed
certain members of the Persian Majlis that the people of Bahrain
were anxious to be re-united to Persia.
The "representative" in question is ABDULLAH Az-
E A IRAN, a young Bahraini, who was employed by a local oH com
pany up to some ten months ago when he resigned to take up the
more lucrative occupation of smuggling. He left Bahrain recently
for Persia, ostensibly to get married there. His brother SAID
Az-ZAIRAH works in the office of the Adviser to the Bahrain
Government.
His Highness has repudiated in strong terms the
claim of the so called representative of the Bahrain National
Party to represent the people of Bahrain and has asked that
both ths Haifa and London Broadcasting Stations should issue
a statement denying the right of ABDULLAH Az-ZAIRAH to represent
the people of Bahrain and re-affirming Bahrain's position as an
independent Arab State in treaty relations with the British
Government.
(b) SAUDI ARABIA AND BA HRAIN .
ABDULLAH HAZAAK, one of a fanlily of Bahrain merchants
went over within the last fortnight to Saudi Arabia to see his
relations. on arrival at Dhahran he was arrested and imprisoned
for three days before being allowed to see anyone. He then got
an interview with the AMIR SAUD who told him that he must leave
at once and not speak nor have any contact whatsoever with any-
one^ in Saudi Arabia. In spite of his protest ha had to leave
without seeing his relations, or indeed anyone ^ ^ - ^xcar*: the

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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