HC Deb 12 May 1924 vol 173 cc881-2
3. Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the repeated murders that have taken place on the North-Western frontier of India, and of the satisfactory results that have occurred from the making of a good motor road joining the Tochi valley with the Takki Zam and the establishment of a cantonment at Razmak, he will see his way to run a road through Tirah from Thai to some point on the Peshawar-Landikotal road via Khanki-Bazar and the Bara River valley and to establish a permanent cantonment at Khanki-Bazar as has already been done at Razmak?


I appreciate the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion, but there is no necessity for the construction of the road through Tirah, where the conditions that prevail are quite different from those prevailing in Waziristan, and permit of control over the tribes in this region being exercised from British territory.

Lieut. - Colonel HOWARD-BURY

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is no more civilising influence than the making of roads in tribal countries, and that if he wants to avoid these murders in the future, this is the only way to do it?


That may be, but the position in the two cases is not analogous.

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