Government Of India – Pass To The North-Western Frontier

This document was offered to me by a reader from Pakistan via my website. Website offers / requests are coming in almost daily. The pass(port) is quite unusual and I asked for further details. Sometimes people have no clue and asking crazy prices. This one is an example of it’s best.

Seller: I have a rare Indian passport and I want to sell it.

Me: Thank you for contacting me. Please send me pictures and your price idea.

Seller: The price idea is one million USD or more!

(Well, if he is joking then I can do joking around too…)

Me: Aha, one million USD…Please send me your ID or passport copy which I need if I make a bank transfer, also your bank details and address.

(He indeed sent then instantly what I asked for. His documents are looking legit, his passport was expired in 2013, his ID card valid till 2021)

Me: I was of course joking – as you did too! NOBODY will pay 1 million dollars!

Seller: Sent disappointing icons and then asking what I think is the value

Me: $200

Seller: Silent

Here is the document in question, which was only valid for direct travel from India to Afghanistan. The passport picture is cool.

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The North-West Frontier (present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) region of the British Indian Empire was the most difficult area to conquer in South Asia, strategically and militarily. It remains the western frontier of present-day Pakistan, extending from the Pamir Knot in the north to the Koh-i-Malik Siah in the west, and separating the present-day Pakistani frontier regions of North-West Frontier Province (renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan to the east from neighboring Afghanistan in the west. The borderline between is officially known as the Durand Line and divides Pashtun inhabitants of these provinces from Pashtuns in eastern Afghanistan.

The two main gateways on the North West Frontier are the Khyber and Bolan Passes. Since ancient times, the Indian subcontinent has been repeatedly invaded through these northwestern routes. With the expansion of the Russian Empire into Central Asia in the twentieth century, stability of the Frontier and control of Afghanistan became cornerstones of defensive strategy for British India.

Much of the Frontier was occupied by Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century, and then taken over by the East India Company when it annexed the Punjab in 1849.

Between 1849 and 1947 the military history of the frontier was a succession of punitive expeditions against offending Pashtun (or Pathan) tribes, punctuated by three wars against Afghanistan. Many British officers who went on to distinguished command in the First and Second World Wars learnt their soldiering on the North-West Frontier, which they called the Grim.

Government Of India – Pass To The North-Western Frontier