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‘File 41/1 Licences for Arms carried by Nakhudas’ [‎51r] (101/112)

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The record is made up of 1 file (53 folios). It was created in 29 Dec 1936-26 Mar 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. 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.


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So far as I have been able to ascertain Bahrain is the
only Shaikhdom among those mentioned in p.u.c. with an arms
registration system, vide S.79A in E.O. F*9/l-B(below)•
It is customary practice at all ports in P.G. for
visiting nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. to declare the number of rifles they have
on board and to deposit these with the customs or police
authorities of the port. This is procedure adopted by Bahrain
Government for Persian nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. , and others. I understand
Bahrain nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. usually carry the Bahrain Government licence
with them for any arms they have in their possession and we
may address Bahrain Government asking them to make clause 8 of
Arms Ordinance applicable to officials of other territories
and clauses 9-11 applicable to Bahrainis visiting foreign
With regard to Trucial coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. (and Qatar) there is no
arms registration system in force and P.A. may wish to consult
A.P.A. and P.O.T.C. and visit these territories before addressing
in this connection we may have to raise the question
of reciprocal measures by the Persian authorities. I understand
that Persian nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. do not usually produce ai±x a licence for
any arms they have on board when visiting Bahrain.
On return from tour please.
ltd. A.G.G.
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The file comprises correspondence relating to licences for arms carried by the nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. of boats on the Arab coast of the Gulf. Correspondents in the file include the 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. at Bahrain, and the Rulers of Abu Dhabi, Kalba, Qatar, Ra’s al-Khaymah and Umm al-Qaywayn.

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1 file (53 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 51-54) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 56; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-35; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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