Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [5r] (9/513)
The record is made up of 1 file (256 folios). It was created in 29 Apr 1940-24 Oct 1941. 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.
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I am directed to refer to the correspondence ending with
endorsement from the Government of India in the External Affairs
Department, No:F.6(2)-x/39, dated the 24th February 1940, on
the subject referred to above, and to enclose a copy of a letter
from the Resident in Kashmir NosD.165-L*B./40, dated the 10th
2. The Government of India will be glad to hear what has
happened to the property mentioned in the last part of paragraph
2 of the Resident’s letter.
3* Although you stated in your Memorandum No;510, dated the
4th January 1940 that it is unlikely that the Chinese authorities
will agree to any alteration in the arrangements they have made
for the disposal of the property, the Government of India are
inclined to think that it might be worth while making one last
effort to secure the agreement of the local authorities to the
suggestion that the property should be placed in charge of an
agent appointed by you. It might be pointed out to the local
authorities that in view of the relations between Najmuddin Khan
and the rest of the family, it is unlikely that they will get
their share of the property and that in the interests of justice
it seems most desirable that the property should be disposed of
by an agent appointed by the Consul General.
4. If your approach to the Sinkiang authorities has no result,
perhaps it might be possible to bring pressure to bear on
Najmuddin Khan. If, however, it is impossible to get any
satisfaction either out of the local authorities or Najmuddin Khan
the Government of India will be glad to know the amount of
compensation which you think should be paid to the family from
the Tungan gold taking into consideration the extent of their
financial losses in Sinkiang.
Copy of letter No:S30, dated the 4th July, 1940 from
His Majesty’s Consul General, Kashgar to the Additional
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in the External
Affairs Department, Simla.
SUBJECT ; Affairs of the family of the late Khan Sahib
A reference is invited to~your letter No:F*6(2)-X/39, dated
the 25th April, 1940.
2. Letter No:308(WAl) dated the 12th December 1939 from the
Kashgar Commissioner, a copy of which was forwarded with my letter
No:510 dated the 4th January 1940 implied that all property
in the Khotan area of the family of the late Khan Sahib Badruddin
Khan had been handed over to Najmuddin Khan and Khair Nisa Khan.
This is confirmed by the statement of a British subject who left
Khotan some four months after the expulsion of the family who
states that the property in village Tosla Menghe Chankash Saksan Kil
Kanti was handed over to these people*
3* I regret to say that the suggestion that the property
of the family of the late Khan Sahib Badruddin Khan in the
Khotan area should be handed over to an agent appointed by
this Consulate-General is not a feasible one. For months ^
past Khotan has been quite isolated from Kashgar; travellers are
not permitted to go there and I am unaware of any British
subject suitable for taking charge of the property. Nor is it
likely that any would have the temerity to do so*
4* I could write to the Chinese authorities asking them to
instruct Najmuddin Khan and Khair Nisa Khan to realize ..the
property in question and send the proceeds to this Consulate-
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This file is a continuation of IOR/L/PS/12/2861. It contains correspondence and memoranda regarding relations between HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. and the Government of Iraq, and documents the reaction of the 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. and Foreign Office to political developments within Iraq. The papers primarily consist of communications between HM Ambassador to Iraq and HM Foreign Secretary, regarding the cabinet of Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, his resignation in January 1941 and the formation of a new cabinet under Taha al-Hashimi, and the resumption of power by Rashid Ali backed by the military in April 1941. The file concludes with papers detailing the escape of the Regent 'Abd al-Ilah, and initial negotiations with Rashid Ali's Government of National Defence.
The papers include detailed discussion of the relations between Iraq and the Axis Powers, and attempts by the British to persuade the Government of Iraq to sever diplomatic ties with Italy. They also discuss British concerns over the growing anti-British sentiment in Iraq, as a result of British interference in Iraqi internal affairs and British policy towards Palestine and Syria. Amongst the papers are intelligence reports on the 'Golden Square' Generals (folios 58-59), and a copy of British plans to undermine the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (folios 194-195). The file also contains a small number of communications from the Government of Iraq, and from HM Ambassadors to Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the USSR.
Folios 4-8 concern the affairs of the family of the late Khan Sahib Badruddin Khan, and appear to have come from a different file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 256; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-256, and ff 206-225; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.
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