Coll 7/35 'Afghanistan: sale of ammunition to the Afghan government by Imperial Chemical Industries and others' [6r] (11/287)
The record is made up of 1 file (142 folios). It was created in 22 Apr 1936-25 Jan 1941. 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.
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Information regarding the firm,International
Traders of Karachi.
Please refer to your demi-official letter No.
P.2.1365/40, dated the Uth JMarch 1940.
of importers, exporters and manufacturers* representatives.
It was started in 1934 by Ahmad Shah (W. ^Afghanistan 148)
who is its sole proprietor. The concern has branches in
Peshawar and Karachi. According to the report of the
bankers Ahmad Shah is well to do and respectable and
conducts his business on satisfactory lines. The firm
has no connection with the Afghan National Bank.
3. In July 1939, import and export licenses were
issued by the Government of India at the instance of the
Afghan Government in connection with the in$>ort of high
explosive shells from Henry Disston and Sons, Inc.,
Philadelphia through this firm.
4. I am to add that Ahmad Shah is still believed to
be anti-British and in touch with the Soviet iSmbassy at
Kabul and that in present circumstances we do not think
I that the purchase of war material by the Afghan Government
( through his firm should be encouraged.
3. A copy of this letter is being sent to Kabul.
The International Traders of Karachi are a firm
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Correspondence regarding contracts to supply the Afghan Government with ammunition. The Government of India had agreed to supply 2.5 million rounds a year for six years, and the file primarily concerns negotiations between the Afghan Government and Imperial Chemical Industries Limited, over the supply of further ammunition.
The majority of the correspondence is between Imperial Chemical Industries Limited and the Foreign Office, regarding the quantities of ammunition to be supplied, and price and payment options. The file also contains communications received by 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. from the British Legation in Kabul (William Kerr Fraser-Tytler), reporting on meetings with the Afghan Prime Minister and War Minister, and commenting on the Afghan Government's arms-supply arrangements and negotiations with arms firms in Belgium and Czechoslovakia.
The file also contains a small amount of correspondence (dated 1941) between 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. , the Government of India External Affairs Department, and the Department of Overseas Trade, regarding a request made by the firm International Traders of Karachi for permission to import British radios into India and Afghanistan.
The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).
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- 1 file (142 folios)
The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 143; 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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