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Mir Dast (1874–1945) by unknown photographer, 1915 reproduced with the permission of Leeds University Library

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Mir Dast (1874–1945), army officer, was born at Maidan, Tirah, in the mountainous North-West Frontier Province of British India, on 3 December 1874. His family were of the Afridi tribe of Pathans, a Muslim people renowned for their hardiness and fighting abilities. Because of their martial qualities, the Pathans of the ...

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Nuri al-Said (1888–1958), army officer and prime minister of Iraq, was born in December 1888 in Baghdad, the only son (there were also four daughters) of Said Taha (d. 1904), a minor official in Baghdad's Ottoman government, and his wife, Fatima. The family lived modestly in the northern part of the city, with fellow Arabs (rather than Turks) as neighbours. As a ...

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Tiwana, Sir (Muhammad) Umar Hayat, nawab (1874–1944), landowner and army officer, was born at Kalra, Punjab, on 1 October 1874. He was a member of the class of conservative Muslim landowners whose loyal co-operation was a crucial element in the reconstruction of British rule after the events of 1857–8. His father, ...