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Coll 28/42 ‘Persia. Motor-car Registration in East Persia. Issue of Driving Licenses and Visas to British & Persian subjects; Indian lorry drivers in Persia.’ [‎37r] (73/427)

The record is made up of 1 file (212 folios). It was created in 21 Dec 1931-10 Jan 1939. It was written in English, French and Persian. 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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moot favoured nation treatment* It
appears therefore that British drivers
are entitled to benefit under paragraph
1 of Article S of the Irano-Soviet
Treaty # mid consequently to exemption
from *tout service obligatoire ’ 1 except
in the contigency of some calamity of
nature - an earthquake for example* such
as occurred at Quetta last year*
6 * Similarly the third paragraph
of the same articles extends exemption
to loans under compulsion* The comman
deering of a lorry is evidently a loan
made by its owner under compulsion« and
thus in respect of vehicles also British
Subjects would appear to be entitled to
benefit from most favoured nation rights*
7* The new position revealed since
the conclusion of the Irano-soviet
Treaty ha© been under careful considera
tion by His Majesty’s Government in the
United Kingdom and the Government of
India* I am now instructed to draw the
attention of the Imperial Government to
it* and to ask that steps may be taken
to secure exemption from commandeering
both for British lox-ry drivers and for
the lorries owned by British subjects*
8 * It is regretted that it should
be necessary after the comparitlvely
short interval since the issue of the
instructions referred to at the

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Papers concerning the issue of licenses and visas for Persian and Indian lorry drivers operating between Duzdap [Zahedan] in the East Persian province of Sistan, and Nok Kundi in British Baluchistan [in present-day Pakistan]. The licenses were issued by the Governments of Persia [Iran] and India.

The correspondence includes: reports of social unrest in the border region between Persia and British Baluchistan from 1934 to 1936; the Persian military’s commandeering of lorries driven by Indians for the purposes of transporting Persian troops and provisions; reports of the ‘ill-treatment’ of some Indian drivers by the Persian military; compensation claims made by the British Government against the Persian Government, on behalf of Indian drivers who were injured or killed while driving through dangerous areas; discussion between the British and Persian Governments about the Anglo-Persian Treaty of 1857, and the entitlement of British subjects in Persia to ‘most-favoured nation treatment’.

The file’s principal correspondents include: HM’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Tehran, Reginald Hervey Hoare, Hughe Montgomery Knatchbull-Hugesson; the British Consul at Sistan and Kain [Ka’īn], Clive Kirkpatrick Daly; the Foreign Department of the Government of India; the Governor General and Chief Commissioner in Baluchistan.

The file contains several items of correspondence and newspaper cuttings in French, and a single item in Persian.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (212 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 213; 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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English, French and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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Coll 28/42 ‘Persia. Motor-car Registration in East Persia. Issue of Driving Licenses and Visas to British & Persian subjects; Indian lorry drivers in Persia.’ [‎37r] (73/427), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3445, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 November 2019]

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