A hundred years agoSept. 2, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (September 2, 1919): Afghan Intrique.

The Honorary Secretary, Punjab War News Association, writes: The following facts relating to the events and incidents which preceded the attempted Afghan invasion of India have reached India from an unimpeachable source. They serve to show not only the ugliness of the conspiracy that was hatched in Kabul, but how very grave are the dangers that still threaten the peace of India. In 1916 three Indians, who had been provided with a little money from some unknown source, arrived in Kabul and settled down in the Bazar. There they let it be known that they were the heads of a Conspiracy that had been formed to overthrow the British Government of India. These men were Obeidullah, a converted Sikh, who styled himself Administrative Minister of the Provisional Government of India, one A.H. Aziz, said to be an inhabitant of Kasur, who styled himself Assistant Administrative Minister, and Burkatullah, the well known renegade, who acted as Secretary of this precious organisation. The conspirators also had a President, one Mahendra Partap who was sent to Kabul from Berlin, but very little is known about this man who seems to have been slightly insane. He is said to have left Kabul in 1918. The existence of the conspiracy, of course, soon became known to the Amir Habibullah, who, however, took no notice of it as being beneath contempt. Indeed, one day, the story goes, meeting Obeidullah while out riding, he said to his nobles: “Here comes the future Viceroy of India, Let us salute him.” Obeidullah hearing this slunk out of the way.

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