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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)' [‎37r] (78/156)

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.
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at present, will get nothing better outside Sistan, and will eventually have to
beg the Hashmat-ul-Mulk to allow them to return.
“ However, if the Hashmat-ul-Mulk displays weakness and makes other
errors of judgment, there might be trouble which might result in his being
deprived of the government of Sistan altogether.’'
Allahyar Khan having been Pishkar of Sistan for several years and
bein 0, intimately acquainted with all the Sarddrs, Kadkhuda*, and piiests, was
in a position to be able to gauge the situation accurately, and his \icws may
be taken as based on experience and knowledge of the country and the people,
and as representing the true state of affairs in Sistan at present.
Monday, 23kd May 1898.
65. Ndsirdbdd (Sistdn).
Distance, 23 miles.
Water, good.
Supplies plentiful.
66 Havin 0, engaged three of Allahyar Khan’s reed-rafts at the rate of two
DO. s & o krang eachj J and Sher A ii got
Crossing the inundations in reed-rafts. one w ith OUr baggage at half-past six
in the morning and w T ere ferried across (about twelve miles of water) in about
six hours.
We landed at the opposite bank at a place about two miles from Afzaldbad.
My horse and three mules, which were being towed by two reed-rafts, arrived
about a couple of hours afterwards. The water was from 4 to 7 feet deep. The
head rope of each horse or mule was tied to one side of the reed-raft, and two
animals thus tied to the two sides followed each reed-raft either swimming or
wadin 0, through according to the depth of the water, their syces and pack-
saddles beino- carried by the rafts to which they were tied ; but as the “ kucha ’
or the passage of the reed-rafts was overgrown with reeds and bulrushes, they
made very slow progress.
67. On the bank of the water, I met Saiyid Sakhawat Husain of Faizabad,
* . v yi/ j Knii; and a Tibetan Muhammadan who had
Pilgrims going to Meshed vid Nushkf and huh-i- i. *r , i / i
Malik s.ah. recently come from Quetta by ft ushki and
Kiih-i-Malik Siah and were going on pilgrimage to Meshed.
Their caravan consisted of 15 pilgrims—6 Indian Muhammadans from
the North-Western Provinces of India, 7 Tibetan Muhammadans, and a Barbari
(Hazara) Subadar (Dost Muhammad) of the 24th Bombay Infantry from
Quetta.
They left Quetta on the 3rd April and arrived at Kuh-i-Malik Siah on the
16th May (in 44 days).
Sakhawat Husain said that they travelled with ease between Quetta and
Amir Chah, but that between Amir Chah and Sistan they suffered great hardship
owing to want of water at certain places and difficulties of transport. Their
camels having been exhausted they had to walk for several stages which was very
hard on them. Their caravan received the necessary assistance from all Thanas
for which they were thankful. Sakhawat Husain, however, complained that
Jemadar Mihrulla Khan* of Nushki was
a bigoted Sunni and that he persecuted
their party and all other Shia pilgrims
who passed through.
68. M. Nicholai Alexiech’s men, donkeys, and baggage that had started
Arrival of m. Nicholai Aiexiech on the bank of from Dashtak a little later followed us and
the inundations in sistau. arrived soon afterwards. They landed at
a short distance from us where they
See paragraphs ii, 4i, 59 , to, 74, and 116 . awa it e d the arrival of their master who
was shooting in the “ Naizdr ” and arrived at about half-past 4 p.m.
Nas'rabad.
* This man is not in charge of the Thana at
present.
21st July 1898. M. B.

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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.

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