We dismounted over against the AdTnapur-fort in the Nlngftahar tumdn.
(/. A raid for winter stores./
Up till then we had taken no thought where to camp, where to go, where to stay ; we had just marched up and down, camping in fresh places, while waiting for news.1 It was late in the autumn ; most lowlanders had carried in their rice. People knowing the local land and water represented that .the Mil Kafirs up the water of the 'Allshang tumdn grow great quantities of rice, so that we might be able to collect winter supplies from them for the army. Accordingly we rode out of the Nlngnahar dale (julga), crossed (the Baran-water) at Saikal, and went swiftly as far as the Pur-amin (easeful) valley. There the soldiers took a mass of rice. The rice-fields were all at the bottom of the hills. The people fled but some Kafirs went to their death. A few of our braves had been sent to a look-out (sar-kud)2 on a naze of the Pur-anlm valley; when they were returning to us, the Kafirs rushed from the hill above, shooting at them. They overtook Qasim Beg's son-in-law Puran, chopped at him with an axe, and were just taking him when some of the braves went back, brought strength to bear, drove them off and got Puran away. After one night spent in the Kafirs' rice-fields, we returned to camp with a mass of provisions collected.
(u. Marriage of Muqhris daughter?)
While we were near Mandrawar in those days, an alliance was concluded between Muqim's daughter Mah-chuchuk, now married to Shah Hasan Arghiln, and Qasim Kukuldash.3
1 This will have been news both of Shaibaq Khan and of Mirza Khan. The Pers. trss. vary here (215 f. 173 and 217 f. 148).
2 Index s.n.
3 Mah-chuchuk can hardly have been married against her will to Qasim. Her mother regarded the alliance as a family indignity ; appealed to Shah Beg and compassed a rescue from Kabul while Babur and Qasim were north of the Oxus [circa 916 ah.]. Mah-chuchuk quitted Kabul after much hesitation, due partly to reluctance to leave her husband and her infant of 18 months, [Nahid Begim,] partly to dread less family honour might require her death (ExsVme'% History, i, 348 and Gul-badan's Humayun-nama\.