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Panjdeh

PANJDEH, PANNAGE, or Penjdeh, a village of Russian Turkestan, rendered famous by " the Panjdeh scare *' of 1885. It is situated on the east side of the Kushk river near its junction with the Murghab at Pul-i-Khishti. In March 1885 when the RussoAfghan Boundary Commission should have been engaged in settling the boundary-line, this portion of it was in dispute between the Afghans and the Russians. A part of the Afghan ^orce was encamped on the west bank of the Kushk, and on the 2Qth of March General Komarov sent an ultimatum demanding their withdrawal. On their refusal the Russians attacked them at 3 a.m. on the 30th of March and drove them across the Pul-i- Khishti Bridge with a loss of some 600 men. The incident nearly give rise to war between England and Russia; but the amir Abdur-Rahman, who was present at the Rawalpindi conference with Lord Dufferin at the time, affected to regard the matter as a mere frontier scuflSe. The border-line subsecjuently laid down gives to Russia the corner between the Kushk and Murghab rivers as far as Maruchak on the Murghab, and the Kushk post has now become the frontier post of the Russian army of occupation.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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