HC Deb 23 March 1896 vol 38 c1611
MR. ARTHUR PEASE (Darlington)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether the Government have information as to recent military operations by the Afghans in Kafiristan; and whether they will make representations to the Government of the Ameer with regard to the slaughter and enslavement of the Kafirs?


I received intelligence early this month that the Sipah Salar had again left Asmar for the Wai Valley with a force, and that the Ramgul Valley, in the West of Kafiristan, had been occupied after severe fighting by troops sent from Kabul. I have no later information which I can regard as trustworthy. In accordance with the undertaking which I gave on March 3rd, a communication was made to the Viceroy, who will use any favourable opportunity of exercising his good offices on behalf of the Ameer's Kafir subjects; but I am afraid that, under the circumstances, I cannot promise more than this.

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