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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.’ [‎42r] (83/427)

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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Extract from letter No. 158/6/36 of
21st August f 1936 from Mr. Loxley (Gulhek)
to Mr. Hendel.
There are perhaps three separate events since
last bag which deserve special mention. The first is that
the Iranians have at long last told us that the payment of
compensation for the Indian lorry drivers who were
commandeered and shot up in December 1934, has been
definitely sanctioned by the Shah at the full rate asked
for by ue and that a cheque will shortly follow. This
is indeed a great piece of news and a reward for persistence,
as we have hammered away at them about this unceasingly
for the past eighteen months. As soon as we get the cheque
(and it is not really safe to crow till then) we are going
to tackle the tricky business of trying to secure exemption
for our drivers from commandeering in future on the strength
of last year’s Russian Treaty and our own m.f.n. rights.

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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.’ [‎42r] (83/427), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3445, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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