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YEAR 1897 - 1905
News.D.No. 158 F. No.1390, dated Quetta, the 29th March 1897.
4. Theft is very common. Cases of abduction of slave-girls also take place, in connection with which many arrests are made, sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly.
Khudaram, a sepoy of the Hazara Company of the 24th Regiment stationed at Quetta, is one of those who has been arrested. He arrived here recently from Kabul, where he had gone on leave.
News. D.No.214 F. No. 2341, dated Quetta, the 27th April 1897.
3. The Amir has given orders for the purchase of horses and ponies for riding and transport purposes. Mirza Muhammad Hassan is buying them. They have become very expensive at Kandahar.
News. D.No.291 F. (header info missing)
9. Two or three of those Hazaras, who were arrested while abducting some female slaves, have been persuaded by several of the Kandahar officials (viz. by Mirza Huhammad Hassan, Kazi Abdul
Shukur Khan, and in fact even by the Governor) to falsely accuse me of having been concerned in the abduction of these slaves, and they have made them speak to this effect in open Darbar, and the news has now been sent ot
News. Diary No. 380 F. No. 1317 C., dated Ziarat, the 19th July 1897.
5. Several Hazaras have been given passports and expelled towards Meshed.
News. Diary No.501.F. No.5905, dated Quetta, the 20th September 1897.
3. Ali Zafar, Hazara, a sepoy of the 26th Bombay Infantry, came here on leave last year. He took service in the Artillery, and has now been summoned together with all those who are connected with him to Kabul, as a result of a report made by the officer commanding the Artillery that he (Ali Zafar) is a servant in two places* . He is about to start for Kabul.
6. Muhammad Kuli, Jemadar, and Muhammad Khan, Chaprassi, belonging to the office of the
* i.e. Employed by the British and Afghan Governments
News. Diary No. 571.F. No.6808, dated Quetta, the 23rd October 1897.
6. Some money has been sent to Rozgan for disbursement of wages.
News.No.65-F. No.564-C., dated Sibi, the 2nd February 1898.
III. Amir Muhammad Uzbeg has been deputed to collect the Kor-i-Zam (a tax which is levied from the Hazaras), and has left the city for the purpose.
IV. During the past week several maliks were sent for and questioned regarding the goldsmith Abdulla Karbalai, who was brought from Chaman. From inquiries made from the Governor it transpired that a report had been sent to the Amir, and that it was expected that Abdulla would be released.
News.No.100-F. No.825, dated Quetta, the 26th February 1898.
II. Some Hazaras have been arrested for stealing female slaves. Four Hazaras, who had already been imprisoned, have been sent to Kabul. It is said that among these there is a sepoy of the 24th Baluchistan Regiment, now stationed at Quetta, who has been under arrest for some months. I only found out that his name is Habibulla after he had been sent off. I know nothing else about him, as he did not show me his leave certificate.
(Diary No? ) No.2862 Dated Quetta, the 27th April 1898.
2. A few days ago some more Hazara female slaves managed to escape. The first step taken to find out where they had gone to was to send (?) to make enquiries at my house. This most dishonouring for me, and it is a pity that no notice has been taken of it.
(missing data) No. 3286 Dated Quetta, the 12th May 1898.
7. The Hazara female slaves have commended to run away again as they did some time ago. Some Khassadars were sent out last Wednesday in the direction of Chaman to arrest them.
6. There are now hardly any Hazaras left in Rozgan, which has been parcelled out to Baluchi refugees and Pathan cultiv-----------------
News. Diary No. 239-F. No.3555, dated Quetta, the 21st May 1898.
News. D.No. 329-F. No.909-Z., dated Ziarat, the 14th July 1898.
5. Some of the servants of Murad Ali, the brother of the Ja,
News. D.No. 350-F. No.951-Z., dated Ziarat, the 25th July 1898.
5. Girdi Shah, Hazara, who was formerly Hakim of Mian Nishin in the Hazarajat, went to Kabul some time ago. Some Maliks of his district have now been imprisoned on account of his misdeeds.
News. D.No. 368. No.985-Z., dated Ziarat, the 29th July 1898.
1. The Amir has sent orders for 350 Duranis to be selected from the Khassadars at Kandahar, and sent to be enlisted in the Hazara Regiment at Kabul.
News. D.No. 390-F. No.1057-Z., dated Ziarat, the 17th August 1898.
2. Twenty-two Hazaras have been brought here as prisoners from the Derawat District on a charge of having quarrelled with the officials deputed to measure out land for the Baluchi emigrants.
To-S.M.Fraser, Esq., C.I.E., Officiating Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, Simla.
10th August 1905:-Captain Abdul Majid Khan arrived here from Kara Tappa (Russian frontier). He is said to have come with the object of enlisting Hazaras and taking them to the frontier. It is rumoured that orders have been issued for the formation of mixed companies of Heratis and Hazaras, to be posted on the Russian frontier. Among the Hazaras only family men are enlisted. It is said that arms will be given to the recruits on reaching their destinations.
12th August 1905:- Rasul Kho (Khan), Hazara, has brought in about 200 Hazaras with families and expects to get an officer's rank.
13th August 1905:-- A firman* is said to have been received from Kabul directing the Governor to begin conservancy arrangements in the city by enlisting Hazaras as sweepers. The cost will, it is said, be met by the imposition of a fresh tax.
*firman - a decree by the govt.
21st August 1905:--Malik Nabo and a large number of Barakzais and Popalzais of Mian Jo petitioned the Governor that their lands might not be given to Hazaras, and that, if this request was not granted, they might be permitted to emigrate elsewhere.
News. D.No. 459-F. No.1288-Z., dated Ziarat, the 23rd September 1898.
3. One hundred Khassadars have arrived here from Urzgan for despatch to kabul along with the recruits to be enlisted in the Hazara Regiment there.
6. I hear that the thief, Khuda Nazar, who was formerly in the service of Khan Bahadur Mirza Takki Khan, and who was sent to Kabul in December 1895, has been pardoned by the Amir and permitted to return to Kandahar. This is said to be due to the fact that the Amir has obtained certain authentic information from Khuda Nazar.
* From the name I am assuming that Khuda Nazar is a Hazara.
No.687-C., dated Quetta the 19th October 1905.
2nd October 1905:-- Hazaras who came here lately from Baluchistan to settle are returning back. Eight families left here last night.
News. D.No. 512-F. No.7184., dated Quetta, the 25th October 1898.
7. This year many Hazaras, whose land has been made over to refugees, have emigrated to Meshed.
* Meshed is a city in Iran.
News. D.No. 527-F. No.7311., dated Quetta, the 29th October 1898.
4. Several Hazaras have been arrested and sent to Kabul under a cavalry escort.
News. D.No. 623-F. (missing headers. find on page 93).
4. Khuda Nazar, a thief, has arrived from Kabul and is at present in Kandahar. It is stated he will proceed to Killa-i-Nau. At present he is watching my house to see who visits me.
News. D.No. 291-F. No.4686, dated Quetta, the 16th June 1899.
4. It is rumored that seven Hazaras, who were attempting to escape to Chaman have been captured and put to death.
News. D.No. 308-F. No.4915., dated Quetta, the 26th of June 1899.
1. About a thousand Hazaras, who were attempting to escape to Persia, have been arrested at Girishk and brought back. These are now under custody, and it is said that they will be sent to Kabul. It is rumoured that the Amir intends to give them back all their lands and property, for he is afraid that the flight of so large a number of persons to a foreign country may do him harm, and give him a bad name.
News. D.No. 340-F. No. 493-C., dated Camp Ziarat, the 12th July 1899.
3. Three Afghans and two Hazaras, who were leaving the country secretly, have been arrested on the frontier and brought here.
News. D.No. (missing. page 119). No. 637-C, dated Camp Ziarat, the 19th July 1899.
4. Some of the Hazaras referred to in my diary No. 22, dated the 2nd June last, have been released on payment of bribes; others have been sent to Tiri to settle. A few of them are still in custody with different officials here.
(1) All the Hazaras residing in Kandahar were being arrested during the past week. Some say, that theyh will be sent to Besud, a place near Kabul, and settled there. Others say, that they all will be sent to Kabul and wiped off the face of the earth, for speaking ill of the Amir at Quetta.
(6) Orders have been received for the collection of one lakh and four thousand rupees from the Farsiban people. This amount was due from Mirza Ghulam Haider Khan, the late "Kardar".
(1) The Hazaras referred to in paragraph 1 of my diary for last week have been sent to Besud vid Urozgan in the custody of an infantry and cavalry guard. Those who were unmarried or sick have been allowed to remain here.
(6) With regard to the fine referred to in paragraph 6 of my diary for the last week as having been inflicted on the Farsiban people, I have heard that a sheet of paper was found in the house of one of the Farsibans. It was written about 133 years ago during the reign of Ahmad Shah, Durani, and contained a list of gold articles, studded with precious stones an dhouses of the value of several lakhs of rupees. The Farsibans have now been ordered either to produce these articles or to pay a fine. Several Farsibans took refuge in Khirka Sharif, but they were soon driven out from there and told to make a representation, if they wished to do so, to the Amir.
This paper was found among the papers referred to in paragraph 1 of my diary No. 12, dated the 24th March 1899, as having been seized.
(1) The Hazaras, who were being sent from this place, and some 800 other persons who were being brought from Mian Nashin, have all been detained at Dala. They will be sent on to Besud next spring, as it would be dangerous for them to undertake the journey during the winter.
(4) Some Hazara prisoners have been brought in from Killa-i-Nau.
(8) Four Hazaras and three Baluch refugees, who were attempting to leave the country secretly, have been arrested and brought back.
(1) * Two hundred more Baluch refugees have proceeded to Urazgan after having been supplied with camels and ponies for the carriage of their effects.
It is rumoured that the Baluch refugees have several times asked permission from the Amir to be allowed to raise a "jehad", but it appears that the Amir has not given them any answer.
(4) It is again rumoured that the Shiahs of Kandahar are to be exiled from Afghanistan and sent to Meshad. It is said that this is being done on the supposition that when the King of Persia hears of these orders he will at once expel all Afghans from his dominions, and that they will have to return and settle in their own country.
* Jehad against whom? It seems it is against the Hazaras as they are proceeding to Urazgan, a Hazara country.
4. Two companies of Hazara Regiment have arrived here from Kabul on leave.
5. The families of Mulla Ali Jan and Mulla Muhammad Ali, who were summoned to Kabul some time ago and who were subsequently put to death by the Amir, have returned to Kandahar. These two men were sent to Kabul about five years ago on the charge of having had dealings with Khan Bahadur Mirza Muhammad Taki Khan.
No.712-C.,dated Quetta, the 28th October 1905.
11th October:--It is said that Naik Muhammad Khan Hazara and two sepoys of the Baluchi Regiment at Quetta have been arrested by the Afghan authorities in Kandahar.
No.731-C., dated Quetta, the 7th November 1905.
21st October:-- Havildar Muhammad Khan, Hazara, the Naik mentioned in the news for last week, states that he met a party of khassadars near Mel post. Two sepoys accompanying him were wounded and died of their wounds. Three women accompanying the party were arrested and are prisoners in Kandahar. Muhammad Khan himself in wounded slightly. He belongs to the 126th Baluchistan Regiment.
23rd October:-- The Governor summoned all the Hazara Maliks and told them that as their people are faithless and do not keep their oaths, the lands he had intended to give them would not be given for some years or until a sufficient number of families was brought by them.
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