XIII. INTERNAL SITUATION.

42. The internal situation in India during the first half of 1943 was quiet. The operations in Sind against the Hurs, undertaken to guard vital railway communications and restore public order and confidence (see paragraph 23 of my last despatch),* ended on June 1st, when martial law was removed. The head of the sect, the Pir Pagaro, was tried and executed.

The situation on the North-West Frontier of India gave no trouble during the period. Recruiting continued at a generally satisfactory rate, but. it became obvious that the Indian Army had reached its expansion limit on a voluntary basis; the intake was now only sufficient to maintain the existing strength. The intake of Indian officers for the Army and the R A.F. was disappointing both in quantity and quality.

Notes:

* Published as a Supplement to The London Gazette on the 18th September, 1946. Operations in the Eastern Theatre based in India, Mar.- Dec. 1942

 

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