Letter extract from a Pathan in a regiment at Colombo

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From a Pathan in a regiment at Colombo to a Dafedar in the 19th Lancers serving in France - original in Urdu and Pashtu, dated 4th February, 1915

(in Urdu)"Such a time as this comes upon brave young men. In the bravery of youth you must not lose your spirit. Whatever is the fate of God - that comes to pass. (in Pashtu) Those words that I have written above I have written only for this purpose that if any great folk open the letter, they may be pleased. So far as possible, look after your life and your brother's... This is my prayer that you may both come back in safety."

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