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'File 11/1 VI Muscat Administration Reports and related correspondence' [‎11r] (21/56)

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The record is made up of 1 file (26 folios). It was created in 31 Mar 1951. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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37* Salyid Pahr, the Multan's youngest brother, who completed
his military training in Pakistan and was appointed to duty with the
Muscat Infantry, was suspected of corrplioity in the mtiry, He is
thought to hare been jealous of the Stibedar ajor having been planed
senior to hiau He was sent to India *on a visit to his father”,
and it is thought he will not rejoin the force.
36. The Pakistan Government have been asked to loan the
services of two new Junior Oonsdsaioned of floors ( s Jube&ar end
a Jemadar), and the oaee for improvement of the conditions of
service of the unit is being examined.
THE SULTAH. 3UYH) SAID HDf TAXMJR ( b. 13th August 1910 )
( a* 10th l^bruary 1932)
39* His IH^neas cancelled his proposal to visit the United
Kingdom, and spent the stsaner in his favourite province of Phofar.
Thera He leads the life of a genial country squire in contrast to
the royal and inaccessible attitude he adopts in Muscat. He is
absorbed in the development of his gardens at Halalah, and enjoys
the leisured esse and peace of the life in his attiwmtive Palace,
which is called the Fort. There can be no doubt that his administr
ation there is excellent and well suited to the people. If he
would only apply the same thoroughness and affection to the rest
of his territory, all would be well. He is able and experienced,
but, it seems, selfish and inollnad to be laxy where his personal
interests do not lie. However, he has now been in the^ seat of
Governnent for eighteen years, and if his rule has not so far been
spectacular it has been peaceful and the Sultan's writ runs further
than in hie father's day, whilst from bankruptcy the Sultanate has
risen to comparative affluence. If, as he says, his attention
will now really be given to development $f the other parts of his
kingdom, well and good. But, if he continues to neglect them, he
will inevitably estrange even his present supporters, and of late
there have been many tongues at work.
40. The Sultan's only son, Qaboos, aged ten, lives permanently
in Salalah. There he is kept in the women's quarter, and seldom
meets anyone outside palace circles. Be is brought up rather
unnaturally and strictly under constant supervision guard, and
is not allowed to forget his exalted position to be. He is discour
aged from being toe friendly or forthcoming. The Sultan appears to
be undecided about his future schooling, but is now believed to be
making enquiries in Cairo.
41. Relations with His testy's Government were cordial, and
the Sultan took several opportunities of affirmir^ his sentiments
in this respeot.
42. He gave notice of his wish to terminate the existing
Treaty •» from the 11th February 1951, on the completion of the
twelve years for which it was designed to run in the first instance.
43* He signified his readiness to negotiate a fresh Treaty,
but owing tom his protracted stay An Dhofar no such negotiations
had taken place up to the olose of the year, and indications are
that he will now wish to extend the existing Treaty for a while longer.
Informal letters were exchanged with the Government of
India signifying a desire to enter into negotiations for a separate
treaty upon termination of the 1939 Treaty with His Majesty’s
Government, to which Ii*la is party.

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This file consists of correspondence concerning the Annual Muscat Administration Annual Report for the year 1950-51 and contains a copy of the report.

The file features the following principal correspondents: 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. and Consul, Muscat; the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .

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1 file (26 folios)

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 28; 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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