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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)' [‎26r] (56/156)

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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ON HIS JOURNEY FROM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
29
He mentioned to me that he had heard that the British Government wero
buying large quantities of grain in Sistan at Tumans 10 a kharwar (of
6501b —^ * T ’ - v
yj L gxam m oisiau au xumans iu a
•About 9 seers per rupee at the rate of exchange 6501b each).* I explained to him
current in Sistan at present. that wheat wag alwayg ^ URh ^
India than this, and that even if the British Government or a private individual
had imported wheat to India from Sistan during the recent famine, the result
would have been heavy loss to the importer. I proved this to him' by calcu
lations and showing that at the rate mentioned by him the value of wheat in
Sistan would have been about 9 Indian seers per Indian rupee, while the
carriage from Sistan to Quetta would have nearly doubled the cost/ Therefore
Sistdn wheat would have cost at Quetta about one rupee for about 5 seers
while the highest price during the famine at Quetta was one rupee for 8 seers/
I added that there was no truth in this and many other reports that were
spread by interested and designing parties about Sistan. He said that it was
his duty as a loyal servant of the Shah to report everything he heard from
Sistan.
I asked him if it would not be better for him to avoid contradiction of his
reports by verifying his information or waiting for confirmation before sending
on wild rumours to higher authority, since he must be aware that various
rumours that had lately been afloat, such as the construction of British forts
and cantonments at Taraku and Hauzdar, had been found to be untrue by the
Persian Government who had gone to the useless expense and trouble of
deputing a special officer to make enquiries.
He replied that it was neither easy nor necessary for him to verify his
information, and that he preferred communicating to the Persian Government
each report as it reached him.
I remarked that he understood his own affairs best, but that it seemed to
me that he would only weaken the confidence of the Persian Government in
his statements by forwarding reports without any foundation which were sure
to be proved to be incorrect in course of time.
Eventually he admitted that there was something in what I said and he
remarked that in future he would try to ascertain the truth of his information
before communicating it to the Teheran authorities.
37. Talking about Baluchistan the Chief of Kain casually mentioned to
Marriage 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. Sir Nauroz Khan of Kharan me that his sister-in-law WUS betrothed
to the sister-in-law of the Chief of Kain,a daughter to 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. Nauroz Khan of Kharan, who
»f S»r«r Ah.n.,1 Kh<„, I s .„4 k z.i Afghia. . had recently written to inform him that
he would shortly come to Birjand to marry her. The Chief remarked that this
betrothal had been arranged by the girl’s relatives before she came to his house,
and that he was not in favour of the connection, as the Persian Government
might suspect him of some intrigue, and he might get into trouble.
He added that in order to avoid trouble he would, on 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. Nauroz
_ Khan’s arrival, report the matter to the
ee pamgrap)» an . Shah and solicit orders, and that without
His Majesty’s permission he would decline to give in marriage the girl who
was living in his house.
(a) This lady and her elder sister (the wife of the Chief of Kain) are
History of the family 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. Ahmad Khan, daughters Of Sardai Ahmad Khan,
is-hakzai Afghan. Is-hakzai Afghan, by his chief wife, who
was the daughter 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. Ibrahim Kb&n, Senjerani, Baluch Chief of
Chakansur. The following is a summary of the history 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. Ahmad
Khan’s family :—
Ahmad Khan was the son of Abd*ur-Rasul, son of Salih Muhammad, son
of Kamal Khan. Kamal Khan, Is-hakzai, was in the service of Shah Timur
(son and successor of Shah Ahmad Durrani) during whose reign his family
settled in Lash.
Kamdl Khan's son, Salih Muhammad, was taken into great favour by
Shall Mahmud for services rendered by him in 1809-10 A.D. against Shdh
Shuja in recognition of which and other services Sh&h Mahmud granted him
the title of Shah Pasand Khdn and the district of Ldsh as a jagir.

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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)' [‎26r] (56/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x000039> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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