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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 19 Farvardin 1358 [8 April 1979]

[Issue No.:] 10677


Government of Hoveyda,

Amir-Abbas Hoveyda - born 1298 [1919] Tehran

Son of Habibullah Hoveyda (Ayn al-Molk) of the Sardari Family…

…Abolfazl Ghasemi, in a book titled “Hoveyda, the Agent of Imperialism and Zionism”, talks about the family history of Hoveyda from the Safavid period until now. Hoveyda is from the Sardari family. He is one of the descendants of Mohammad Khan Sardar, a person close to Hajj Mirza Aghasi. During the reign of Mohammad Shah, he and his son, [Khanbabakhan], became quite close to the Qajar government. Mohammad Khan was the cause of the defeat in the first Iran-Russia war and the initiator of signing the British Treaty. He was killed in the Herat [Afghanistan] wars in 1255 [1876].

Khanbabakhan Sardar (Mohammad Hassan Khan) was actively involved in the assassination [attempt] of the Bábís [followers of the Báb] against Naser al-Din Shah. He, along with Prime Minister Nouri and Mullah Sheikh Ali Tarshizi, plotted to assassinate Naser al-Din Shah….

….This is how the father of Amir Abbas Hoveyda became known as Habibollah Khan Ayn al-Molk.

Habibollah Khan Ayn al-Molk became a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was given the mission to promote Baha’ism in the Arab countries…