The wild Pass of Siri Kajoor
Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)
This is plate 6 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson.
Traversing the narrow passes between the high ridges of Baluchistan, the British troops were vulnerable to ambush by the Baluchis, who hid in dens in the ravines. Skirmishes were common. Atkinson wrote: "This Pass lies between Abigoom and Siri-Bolan ... on the right [on cliff edge] is the date tree from which this Pass takes the name 'Siri-Kajoor'. The road is hemmed in by wild and rugged mountains ... A dead camel and a camp follower with his throat cut and otherwise most cruelly mutilated, were seen lying together in the middle of the road. Here also, destruction to the Army was most unsparingly dealt out and almost with impunity."