MR. HERBERT ROBERTS
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he has any information as to the reported fighting on the North-West Frontier of India between the forces of the Nawab of Dir and the Bajauris; and whether he is in a position to state the circumstances which have led to the outbreak of hostilities?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA
On the 24th of July I received information that the Nawab of Dir had started for Jandol and subsequently I learnt that on that same day the Nawab had lost 81 killed and wounded, and Bajaur 136 killed and woundied1. There has for long been friction between the Khan of Barwa, supported by Dir, and Umra Khan's brothers and cousins of Manda, and this dispute has no doubt led to the present hostilities.