BOLAN PASS , an important pass on the Baluch frontier, connecting
See also:Jacobabad and
See also:Sibi with
See also:Quetta, which has always occupied an.important place in the
See also:history of
See also:campaigns in
See also:Afghanistan . Since the treaty of
See also:Gandamak, which was signed at the close of the first phase of the Afghan War in 1879, the Bolan route has been brought directly under British
See also:control, and it was selected for the first alignment of the
See also:Sind-Pishin railway from the plains to the
See also:plateau . From Sibi the
See also:line runs south-west, skirting the hills to Rindli, and originally followed the course of the Bolan stream to its
See also:head on the plateau . The destructive
See also:action of floods, however, led to the
See also:abandonment of this alignment, and the railway now follows the Mashkaf valley (which debouches into the plains close to Sibi), and is carried from near the head of the Mashkaf to a junction with the Bolan at
See also:Mach . An alternative route from Sibi to Quetta was found in the Harnai valley to the N.E. of Sibi, the line starting in exactly the opposite direction to that of the Bolan and entering the hills at Nari . The Harnai route, although longer, is the one adopted for all ordinary
See also:traffic, the Bolan
See also:loop being reserved for emergencies . At the Khundilani
See also:gorge of the Bolan route
See also:conglomerate cliffs enclose the valley rising to a height of Boo ft., and at
See also:Sir-i-Bolan the passage between the
See also:limestone rocks hardly admits of three persons
See also:riding abreast . The temperature of the pass in summer is very high, whereas in winter, near its head, the
See also:cold is extreme, and the ice-cold
See also:wind rushing down the narrow outlet becomes destructive to
See also:life . Since 1877, when the Quetta agency was founded, the freedom of the pass from plundering bands of Baluch marauders (chiefly Marris) has been secured, and it is now as safe as any pass in Scotland . (T . H .
BOLAS (plural of Span. bola, ball)
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