NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
11th February, 1901 : Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, has decided to create a new Frontier Province in the North of the Punjab, bordering on Afghanistan. The new province will include the tribal areas of Peshawar, Khyber and Warizistan where so much fighting has taken place recently, to keep the Pathans under control. According to the communique announcing this move, Lord Curzon has visited the frontier and has decided that the tribal areas needed to come more under the control of the Government. This new system of government for the troublesome area of warring tribes in their mountainous strongholds has been widely welcomed by both the public and the army.
[Lord Curzon had a lot to answer for. Beside designing “peace” in Afghanistan, after WWI he also drew a line between Poland and Russia, and thus created a similarly peaceful border]