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The earliest record we have of Khoja settlement in Basra comes from Ahmedali Nizari Piredina, Hyderabadi Khoja from Muscat, who settled there after a business trip to Iraq and Iran in 1932.

We know that around 1932, Jethabhai Gokul of Karachi also moved to Basra and his son, Abdulhussein Jetha Gokul established a very successful business exporting dates, etc.

According to the Nizari family oral family history records, there were between 12 to 15 Khoja merchants in Basra at that time, including M/S Pesan Allana Bros. on New Street, Basra with a total number between 50 to 60 persons.