Khanate of Kalat
کلاتءِ ھانات ، خانات کلات
|Common languages||Persian (administration)|
|Today part of||Pakistan|
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|Former administrative units of Pakistan|
The Khanate of Kalat was a Khanate that existed from 1512 to 1955 in the centre of the modern-day province of Balochistan, Pakistan. Prior to that they were subjects of Mughal King Akbar. Mehrab Khan II Ahmedzai ruled the state independently until 1839, when he was killed by the British and Kalat became a self-governing state in a subsidiary alliance with British India. After the signature of the Treaty of Kalat by the Khan of Kalat and the Baloch Sardars in 1875, the supervision of Kalat was the task of the Baluchistan Agency. Kalat was briefly independent again from 12 August 1947 until 27 March 1948, when its ruler Ahmad Yar Khan acceded to Pakistan, making it one of the Princely states of Pakistan.
Khanate of Kalat failed to survive through the colonial era and did not lead to the standardization of the Baloch language.
The Khans of Kalat were Brahuis.
The Khanate of Kalat had no imperial interests and was an economically poor country, but was however, quite formidable. In 12th century, Minhaj-i-Siraj mentions of the area in the eastern part of Seistan, which bore the name, Gumbaz-i-Baluch (Dome of the Baluch). This dome was the border of the Kalat-emirs (Tabakat-i-Nasiri). The Paratarajas Kingdom was founded here before the Islamic era. According to Tarikh-i Harat and Tarikh-i Sistan, a major uprising of the Baloch tribes took place in south Afghanistan, which was destroyed by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mahdi.
In the 12th and 13th century, Tarikh-i-Masumi records the presence of Balochis during the reign of Muhammad Tughlaq (1326–1327). According to Ta'rikh-i Ihya' al-Muluk, at the end of the 16th century, the Kalat region (former Turan) was under the control of the Safavids. But at the beginning of the 17th century, the Baluch tribe of Lashari stood up against the Sistan Khan and the Kermanian Beglar-Begi, and took control of Turan and Makran, until the Kalat Khanate appeared.
The Khanate of Kalat was founded in 1666 by Mir Ahmad Khan. Soon after, a Mughal force fled Kandahar and occupied Quetta, Mastung, and Mangocher. In 1667, this force was decisively defeated in the Quetta valley and the khanate managed to regain the occupied districts along with Chagai. Samandar Khan was summoned to Multan by the Mughals and Kerman by the Safavids. The Mughal prince paid tribute to Samandar Khan whereas Safavid Beglar Begi presented Samandar Khan with a robe of gold, and paid tribute. The Khanate reached its peak during the reign of Khan Mir Noori Naseer Khan in 1758, who had unified the Kalat region. During this period, the Kalat was under the Suzerainty of the Durrani Empire, and did not achieve Independence until 1818.
The territories controlled by the state fluctuated over the centuries, but eventually were established by treaties with the British Agent Robert Sandeman in the late 19th century. Parts of the state to the north and northeast were leased or ceded to form the province of British Baluchistan, which later gained the status of a Chief Commissioners province.
The Khanate of Kalat covered the area of 139,850 km2 (53,995 sq mi).
With the withdrawal of the British from the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the Indian Independence Act provided that the princely states which had existed alongside but outside British India were released from all their subsidiary alliances and other treaty obligations. The rulers were left to decide whether to accede to one of the newly independent states of India or Pakistan (both formed initially from the British possessions) or to remain independent outside both. As stated by Sardar Patel, "On the lapse of Paramountcy every Indian State became a separate independent entity."
The Instruments of Accession made available for the rulers to sign transferred only limited powers, namely external relations, defence, and communications.
The Shahi Jirga of Baluchistan and the non-official members of the Quetta Municipality, according to Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, stated their wish to join Pakistan on 29 June 1947; however, according to the political scientist Rafi Sheikh, the Shahi Jirga was stripped of its members from the Kalat State prior to the vote. The then president of the Baluchistan Muslim League, Qazi Muhammad Isa, informed Muhammad Ali Jinnah that "Shahi Jirga in no way represents the popular wishes of the masses" and that members of the Kalat State were "excluded from voting; only representatives from the British part of the province voted and the British part included the leased areas of Quetta, Nasirabad Tehsil, Nushki and Bolan Agency."
Following the referendum, the Khan of Kalat, on 22 June 1947, received a letter from members of the Shahi Jirga, as well as sardars from the leased areas of Baluchistan, stating that they, "as a part of the Baloch nation, were a part of the Kalat state too" and that if the question of Baluchistan's accession to Pakistan arise, "they should be deemed part of the Kalat state rather than (British) Balochistan". This has brought into question whether an actual vote took place in the town hall "and that the announcement in favour of accession was secured through sheer manipulation."
Kalat remained fully independent from 15 August 1947 until 27 March 1948, when its ruler, Ahmad Yar Khan (1904–1979), finally acceded to Pakistan, becoming the last of the rulers to do so. During this period, elections were held, a bicameral parliament was established and a constitution was drafted until Pakistan's military intervention and the forced annexation of Kalat. 
On the night of 27 March, All India Radio carried a story about Yar Khan approaching India with an unsuccessful request for accession in around February.[a] The next morning, Yar Khan put out a public broadcast rejecting its veracity and declaring an immediate accession to Pakistan — all remaining differences were to be placed before Jinnah, whose decision would be binding.
The Khanate of Kalat occupied the central part of the territory of modern-day Balochistan province in Pakistan. To the north was Baluchistan (Chief Commissioner's Province).
The principal mountains are the Central Baloch, Kirthar, Pab, Siahan, Central Makran and Makran Coast Ranges, which descend in elevation from about 10,000 to 1,200 feet (370 m). The drainage of the country is almost all carried off to the south by the Nari, Mula, Hab, Porali, Hingol and Dasht rivers. The only large river draining northwards is the Rakhshan. The coast line includes Gawadar, Pasni, Sonmiani and Geewani, modern-day Pakistani Balochistan.
Dushka H Saiyid emphasizes that Yar Khan lost all of his bargaining chips with the accession of Kharan, Las Bela, and Mekran leaving Kalat as an island. Salman Rafi Sheikh largely concurs with Saiyid's assessment: multiple other Kalat sardars were preparing to accede to Pakistan and Yar Khan would have hardly any territory left, if he did not accede.:
On 3 October 1952, the state of Kalat entered into the Baluchistan States Union with three neighbouring states, Kharan, Las Bela, and Makran, with Yar Khan of Kalat at the head of the Union with the title of Khan-e-Azam. The Khanate came to an end on 14 October 1955, when it was incorporated into West Pakistan.
The rulers of Kalat at first held the title of Wali but in 1739 also took the title of (Begler Begi Khan), usually shortened to Khan. The last Khan of Kalat (Balochi: خان قلات) had the privilege of being the President of the Council of Rulers for the Baluchistan States Union. They also had the title of beylerbey.
|Tenure||Khan of Kalat |
|1512–1530||Mir Bijar Khan Mirwani|
|1530–1535||Mir Zagar Khan Mirwani|
|1535–1547||Mir Ibrahim Khan Qambrani (Changed his Royal family name from Mirwani to Qambrani )|
|1547–1549||Mir Gwahram Khan Qambrani|
|1549–1569||Mir Hassan Khan Qambrani|
|1569–1581||Mir Sanjar Khan Qambrani|
|1581–1590||Mir Malook Khan Qambrani|
|1590–1601||Mir Qambar Sani Khan Qambrani|
|1601–1610||Mir Ahmad Khan Qambrani I|
|1610–1618||Mir Suri Khan Qambrani|
|1618–1629||Mir Qaisar Khan Qambrani|
|1629–1637||Mir Ahmad Sani Khan Qambrani II|
|1637–1647||Mir Altaz Khan Qambrani I|
|1647–1656||Mir Kachi Khan Qambrani|
|1656–1666||Mir Altaz Sani Khan Qambrani II|
|1666–1695||Mir Ahmad I Khan Qambrani III (Changed his Royal family name from Qambrani to Ahmadzai )|
|1695–1697||Mir Mehrab Khan Ahmadzai I|
|1697–1714||Mir Samandar Khan Ahmadzai (Amir al-Umara Amir of Amirs)|
|1714–1716||Mir Ahmad II Khan Ahmadzai|
|1716–1731||Mir Abdullah Khan Ahmadzai (Eagle of the Mountain and The Greatest )|
|1731–1749||Mir Muhabbat Khan Ahmadzai (Beglar Begi )|
|1749–1794||Mir Muhammad Nasir Khan I Ahmadzai (Noori, Ghazi, Wali and The Great )|
|1794–1817||Mir Mahmud Khan I Ahmadzai|
|1817 – 13 November 1839||Mir Mehrab Khan Ahmadzai II|
|1839–1841||Mir Shah Nawaz Khan Ahmadzai|
|1841–1857||Mir Nasir Khan II Ahmadzai|
|1857 – March 1863||Mir Khudadad Khan Ahmadzai (1st time); during his rule, there were seven major and many minor rebellions.|
|March 1863 – May 1864||Mir Sherdil Khan Ahmadzai (usurped throne)|
|May 1864 – 15 August 1893||Mir Khudadad Khan (2nd time)|
|10 November 1893 – 3 November 1931||Mir Mahmud Khan II Ahmadzai|
|3 November 1931 – 10 September 1933||Mir Mohammad Azam Jan Khan Ahmadzai|
|10 September 1933 – 14 October 1955||Mir Ahmad Yar Khan Ahmadzai (1st time);|
declared independent on 12 August 1947; agreed to accede to Pakistan on 27 March 1948
|14 October 1955||State of Kalat merged into One Unit of West Pakistan|
|20 June 1958 – 1979||Mir Ahmad Yar Khan Ahmadzai|
|1979–1998||Mir Dawood Jan Ahmadzai|
|1998–2006||Mir Agha Sulaiman Jan Ahmadzai[dubious ]|
|2006–present||Prince Mir Mohammad Khan Ahmadzai[dubious ]|
The medium of administration in this state, which became known as the Khanate of Kalat, was Persian, as was customary down to the 19th century throughout south and central Asia and beyond (see Spooner, this volume).
Although a Baloch state was established at Kalat (located now in Pakistan) in 1638 (cf. Spooner 1984, 1989), under a dynastic Khan, this political centralization did not survive through the colonial period and did not lead to standardization of the [Baloch] language.
Mir Suleman is the 35th Khan of Kalat. The Brahvi-speaking Khan is said to have received his initial education in Lahore and Quetta.
The Brahui Khans of Qalat were dominant from the 17th century onwards until the arrival of the British in the 19th century.
The Brahui Khanate of Kalat sits at the apex of...
Following the declaration of independence by Khan of Kalat on 15 August 1947, elections were held in Kalat and a bicameral parliament was established. A constitution was drafted, and the question of merger with Pakistan was strongly rejected by Kalat's elected parliament. In other words, Kalat was a fully functional, independent and sovereign state when Pakistan's first military intervention took place, followed by forced annexation to Pakistan.