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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎6r] (16/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 folios). It was created in 1898. 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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CONTENTS.
V
Subjects.
Paragraphs in which
mentioned.
SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE NEW NUSEKf-SIST^N TRADE
ROUT E— continued.
Matters disadvantageous to the new Nushki-Sistdn trade route —continued.
Sistan caravans avoid the long detour to Kuh-i-Malik Siah and travel direct to Amir Chah
through Afghan territory.
Disadvantages of the construction of boundary pillars between Rubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Si&h and the
south-eastern corner of Kacha Kuh.
Water of Kirtaka bitter and unwholesome .
Water of Saindak sweet, but purgative and unwholesome
Road between Kacha and Kirtdka too narrow at certain places and unsuitable for heavily laden
camels.
Want of water at Zeh .......... ...
Inability of Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Muhammad Roza Khan Reki, Chief of the Khasadars posted between Rubat-
i-Ktih-i-Malik Siah and Saindak, to assist caravans by hiring transport for them, if neces
sary.
Road between Rubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Amir Chah exposed to Baluch raids from Sarhad .
Route from Amir Chah to Sistan along the southern shore of Gand-i-Zirreh through Afghan
territory taken by Sistan caravans in preference to the Kuh*i-Malik Siah route.
Route between Amir Ch&h and Sistan ®i& Rubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah does not compare favour
ably with the Gaud-i-Zirreh route.
Failure of a well at Shur Rig and want of water there
Filthy condition of wells at Manzil
Want of water between Shakar Chah and Baghak
Tricks played by the Hindu shop-keepers of Nushki on Sistan caravans .....
Prevalence of rumours regarding the unsafety of the Nushki road
Insufficiency of water for a caravan in the well at Kishingi
Refusal of Adam Khan, Adamzai, of Gurgina, to assist the officials of the levy post at Kirdagap,
when necessary.
Indifferent attitude of Murad Khan, Kadkhuda, of Rodini, towards the officials of the levy post
at Kirdagap.
Sistau caravans how swindled at Quetta
109 (J) and 138 (6)
123
127 (c)
128 (c)
127 (n)
131 (5)
132(rf)
133
138
138 (a)
139(5)
143
157 (5)
158 (/)
158 (A)
159 (c)
160 (e)
160 fo)
164 (6)
Measures considered to he beneficial to the Nushki-Sistdn trade route if adopted.
Importance of the occupation of Girdi Chah and Hurmuk by Persians in the interests of the 83 (») and 109
Nushkf-Sistdn trade route.
Protection to the staff of the Thana at Rubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah from the interferences and 113
exactions of the Persian officials and customs employes of Sistan on occasions of the visits
of the former to Persian territory to obtain supplies for the Thana.
Suitableness of Ziarat-i-Piran for a Baluch settlement in the interests of the Nushki-Sistdn trade
route.
120 (c)
Importance of a levy post at Bug ...........
Measures necessary for the prevention of thefts, robberies, and raids by Baluchis of Sarhad in
order to insure the safety of the new Nushkf-Sistau trade route.
Improvements to wells of drinking water on the Nushkf-Sistan road
Employment of a contractor for storing supplies for caravans along the Nushki' Sistan trade route
122
136(2)
143 (a)
166
Wells along the Nushki-Sistdn trade route.
Wells at Saindak
Well at Darana Kuh sunk by Idu Pahlawdn ....
Wells at Amir Chah
W 7 ells at Manzil
0
Wells at Butik . • • • • • • • •
Wells at Chah Sandan
128 (c)
130 (d)
137 (e)
143
144
145 (c)

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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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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 76; 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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎6r] (16/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x000011> [accessed 21 April 2024]

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