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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)' [‎51r] (106/156)

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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Saturday, 18th June 1898.
120. Zidrat-i-Pirdn.
Time taken by laden camels, 4 hours.
Distance, 7 miles.
Water, good, from springs in the river bed.
Grass, camel-grazing and fire-wood plentiful.
(&) We succeeded in engaging two more camels from a Baluch who
Our success in obtaining two camels on hire from happened to COm.6 to Darra-i-I iran On
a Baluch nomad in Darra-i-Pir&n. Ms way to Sist&n. This enabled US to
move on, hut owing to the exausted condition of our camels we could only
make a short march.
(&) Our road led up the pass through thick tamarisk jungle which we
, ^ , had to cause to be cleared beforehand by
Road between Darra-i-Piran and Ziarat-i-Piran. l a Ji.
sending a party of men ahead in order to
enable heavily laden camels and those carrying panniers to pass without any
difficulty.
(c) Ziarat-i-Piran represents the tomb of a Baluch Pir, or saint, who is
Suitableness of Ziarat-i-Piran for a Baluoh settle- Supposed tO haVC been blllicd there,
ment in the interests of the trade route. There are the minS of a few stone hoUSCS
just below the Ziarat and signs of several tracts of land on the western bank
of the river having been under cultivation which shows that the place was
formerly populated.
The watershed does not form the boundary here and the boundary-line,
I believe, crosses the Ziarat itself. Therefore the river and the whole of its
water and the cultivable land on the western bank are on the British side,
while the ruins of old stone houses are on the Persian side. These, however,
cannot be repopulated by the Persians for want of water on their side, and the
place is practically British.
There is plenty of grass in the river bed and horses and cattle could be
kept here; but the place is said to be unhealthy in the summer, as Baluch
nomads complain that while there during that season they always suffer from
fever. This, I think, must be malarial fever due probably to reeds and herbage
overgrowing the springs. TV ere it not for the unhealtniness of the climate,
Ziarat-i-Piran would be a good place for a Khasadar post. However, a colony
of Baluch settlers might be placed here with great advantage to the road.
Ziarat-i-
Pirau.
Sunday, 19th June 1898.
121. Bug.
Rug.
Time taken by laden camels, hours.
Distance, 9 miles.
Road, good.
Water, good, from a karez.
Grass, camel-grazing and fire-wood plentiful.
Bug is the name of a ruined village with the ruins of a small stone fort.
The ruins of the houses are at a short distance from the ruins ot the tort.
Adjoining the ruins of the fort there is a flat piece of land which seems to
have formerly been a walled garden.
The water-supply of the village was derived from two karezes both of
which are blocked up at present, but contain water. IT ith a htt e expense e
karezes could be re-opened and the arable land brought undei cultiva ion.
122. Had Bug not been situated in Persian territory (as it apparently is,
though there are no boundary pillars any-
importance of a levy post at Bug. where about here to show its position on
the Persian side) it would have been a good place for a levy post, because it
is an important point for the protection of the road, it being easy lence
keep a check on Baluch thieves coming from the direction ol Dozab. .uven

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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)' [‎51r] (106/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x00006b> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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