INDIA: Elusive Ipi

Toughest spot in His Britannic Majesty's Indian Empire is barren, mountainous Waziristan, a 10,000-sq. mi. strip of northwest Indian territory lying against the border of Afghanistan. Its fierce tribes have never submitted to British rule. There last week, as they have been doing for two years, grousing British Army officers and sweating troops scrambled over unfriendly mountains on the trail of an elusive, red-bearded, turbaned firebrand, Mirza Ali Khan, the Fakir of Ipi.

The 37-year-old Fakir, a strapping six-footer who takes his name from the Waziristan village of Ipi, once worked as a Peshawar porter and in Britain's Indian Civil Service....

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