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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.’ [‎79r] (157/427)

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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to have heen completely ignored hy the Military.
4. Attached are copies of letter which have "been
sent to the Governor General No; 158, 159, 160, 161 and
162, and his reply to No; 158 and 159.
5. I interviewed the Governor General again at
7 P.Mr on 16th December 1935. He wished to minimise
the whole affair and assured me that this was not a
matter regarding which we need write letters and send
telegrams. Ke appeared desirous of hushing the whole
affair up and of blaming the Military.
6. I again suggested to him the need for early
and energetic action as suggested in my letter No;162
of 16th December 1935 so that statements made by Bri
tish subjects might be placed on record and either
established or refuted without undue delay. I suggested
that the ordinary process of law was gravely impeded
in a case where the Military had temporarily assumed
control and oflfered to assist him in any way to bring
these British Indian subjects complaints before him
at any early date so that they might not afterwards
exaggerate their statements e.g. by detailing a member
of the staff of this Vice Consulate with an intimate
knowledge of Indians and their language to serve on
any commission he might convene. He accepted the sugges
tion and the commission was to consist of the
Chief of police
A Military representative
A Vice Consulate representative.
The Commission was to meet at 10 A*1 • on 17th December
1935 in the Officers* Club in Zahidan town. I detailed
Sheikh Ayub and instructed him to ensure that cases of
maltreatment of British Indians afe placed on record
as well as their purely financial claims.
7. The Governor General assured me that he was
doing all in his power to help and that he had received
a telegram to the effect that the 12 British Indian
lorries . •

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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.’ [‎79r] (157/427), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3445, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 25 February 2020]

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