The Amir Yakub Khan's Highlanders [Gandamak]
Photographer: Burke, John
Medium: Photographic print
By signing the Treaty of Ganadamak, Yakub Khan agreed to allow a British Resident in Kabul, which his father had refused, and ceded Afghan territory, and in return received a promise of a subsidy and support against foreign attack. Cavagnari took up residence in Kabul in July 1879, but in September the same year was killed along with other European members of staff by rebelling Afghan troops. A British force avenged this attack in October when they defeated the Afghans at Kabul and took possession of the city. Yakub Khan abdicated, taking refuge in the British camp and was subsequently sent to India in December.