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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)' [‎56v] (117/156)

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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REPORT OF KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BAKHSH
(/) The Baluch Chiefs who encourage the commission of these crimes
„ . o . at present not only by bad characters
Sarbad who are responsible for thefts, robberies and from IOr612^H iGriltOllCS^ WllO llclYG tSKPIl
refuge in Sarhad, but by habitual robbers
and thieves in their own tribes as well, are :—
1. Shirdil • •
2. Jihl • •
3. Jhiand and bis cousins
4. Khan Muhammad and
5. Kamran • •
6. Idu . •
7. Dadul
8. ’Alain Kb6n and .
9. Juma Khan
Chief of the Nahrui tribe living at Kuh-i-Hisaran.
Chief of the Isma’ilzai tribe living at Gulugdh.
Chiefs of different sections of the Yar Ahmadzai tribe living
at tiazu.
Chief of the Jamshidzai tribe living at Gazu.
Headmen of Muhammad-Husaini Baluchis who wander about
in Sarhad and Sistan.
The famous robbers who commit thefts in Afghanistan are Daduk and
Farhad-ud-Din. Both of them are refugees from Afghanistan who live in
Sarhad at present under the protection of Jhiand.
The raiders who committed raids on several caravans near Tuzghi during
the spring and summer of 1897, killed travellers, and carried off their property,
were Damanis from Kuh-i-Taftan in Sarhad under Jhiand.
The robbers who carried off 75 camels belonging to an Afghan caravan
proceeding to Bandar Abbas from a place 16 miles north of Is asratabad in
December 1897, w r ere Baluchis of the Isma’ilzai tribe of Sarhad under Jihl
and ’Alam Khan.
The thieves w T ho stole a camel belonging to Surgeon-Major Brazier
Creagh’s party and four camels belonging to Painda Khan of Dera Isma’il
Khan from Girdi Chah near Ramrud in Sistan in 1897, were Muhammad
Husaini Baluchis from Sarhad under ’Alam Khan and Juma Khan.
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order to explain the matter more clearly I may say that the raids
)beries in the Narmashir and Neh districts are committed by Nahruis
All raids and robberies occurring either in the Narmashir or Neh districts
or in Sistan or Baluchistan territory between liubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah and
Amir Chah are committed by Baluchis from Sarhad.
In
and robberies JH JB. .Jmtk
under Sherdil or Isma’ilzais under Jihl and ’Alam Khan ; those in Sistan are
committed by wandering Jamshidzais under Dadul or Muhammad Husainis
under’Alam Khan and Juma Khan; while those between Rubat-i-Kuh-i-
Malik Siah and Amir Chah are committed by Yar Ahmadzais (including
Damanis) under Jhiand and his cousins Khan Muhammad, Kamran and Idii.
(g) The Isma’ilzais and the Yar Ahmadzais are the most notorious raiders
The most notorious raiders, robbers, and slave- and robbers, and their Chiefs Jilll and
dealers in Sarbad. Jhiand carry on a flourishing slave trade.
(Ji) The question, therefore, arises whether the Chiefs who cause raids and
Chief, of Sarhad amenable to Fenian authority. rob t>erieS to be Committed and IvllO CfllTy
on slave-trade are rebels or independent
of the Persian Government. This question must be answered in the negative.
They are neither rebels nor independent. On the contrary, they are the most
submissive Persian subjects.
(*) Formerly the Kurd was the most powerful tribe in Sarhad, but
Power and influence of the past and the present during the last decade it lias, by adverse
Chiefs of Sarbad. circumstances, been nearly exterminated.
Till recently the Kurd Chiefs Mehrab Khan and Chakur Khbn were the most
in uential and powerful Chiefs in Sarhad, and they often set the authority of
the Governor-General of Kirman at defiance. Though the number of their
tribe was reduced to a few families, they were generally acknowdedged as
Chiefs by all the Baluch tribes, and owing to the strength of their position thev
maintained a good deal of independence. The Nasir-ud-Dowleh, one of the
former Governors-General of Kirman, however, succeeded in seizing and putting
them to death about six years ago which put an end to individual power and
influence in Sarhad and had a most wholesome effect on the other Chiefs.
f ^ an y importance at present is Jhiand, the head
? , If • ar , pf. zai » numerically the strongest Baluch tribe now in Sarhad ;
is on y ue of a section of that tribe and has no influence among the

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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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