NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
12th 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.
The administrative arrangements, under which the Punjab will lose more than a tenth of its area and nearly a twentieth of its people, are now being made. It is expected that the legal and financial affairs will be completed very soon, probably in a few months. The new system of government for this troublesome area of warring tribes in their mountainous strongholds has been widely welcomed by both the public and the army.
[ Warring tribes? What warring tribes? Or another line on the map is perhaps due? ]