Khanate of Kalat
خانات ءِ قلات
|Common languages||Persian (administration)|
|Today part of||Pakistan|
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|Former administrative units of Pakistan|
The Khanate of Kalat (Balochi: خانات ءِ قلات) was a Baloch Khanate that existed from 1512 to 1955 in the centre of the modern-day province of Balochistan. Prior to that they were subjects of Mughal King Akbar. Ahmedzai Khan ruled the state independently until 1839, when it became a self-governing state in a subsidiary alliance with British India. After the signature of the Treaty of Mastung by the Khan of Kalat and the Baloch Sardars in 1876, Kalat became part of the Baluchistan Agency. It was briefly independent from 12 August 1947 until 27 March 1948. The khanate, a political centralization of the Baloch people, failed to survive through the colonial era and did not lead to standardization of the Baloch language.
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.
Kalat was a Baloch principality, having been conquered from the Siwas (the Scythians) by the early migrating Baloch stocks. It was ruled by Mir Umar, son of Miro of the Mirwarri dynasty of the Brahu'i speaking Balochs. The Khans of Kalat had no imperial interests and was an economically poor country, but it was quite formidable. Back in the XII century, Minhaj-i-Siraj speaks 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 Christian era, and the Baluchis, according to researchers, are their descendants. According to Tarikh-i Harat and Tarikh-i Sistan, a major uprising of the Baloch tribes took place in the very south of Afghanistan, which was destroyed by the Caliph Al-Mahdi Abbasid himself.
In the 12th and 13th century, Tarikh-i-Masumi records the presence of Balochis during the reign of Muhammad Tughlaq(1326–27). According to Ta'rikh-i Ihya' al-muluk, at the end of the 16th century, the Kelat 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 Kelat 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 at its peak during the period of Khan of Kalat Mir Noori Naseer Khan, in 1758, who unified Kalat region under his flag. Amongst this Period, 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 province's Shahi Jirga and the non-official members of the Quetta Municipality, according to Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema agreed to join Pakistan on 29 June 1947; however, according to 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."
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 would put out a public broadcast rejecting its veracity and declare an immediate accession to Pakistan — all remaining differences were to be placed before Jinnah, whose decision would be binding.
Dushka H Saiyid emphasizes that Yar Khan lost all of his bargaining chips with the accession of Kharan, Las Bela, and Mekran leaving Kalat islanded; he did not have any other way out. Salman Rafi Sheikh largely concurs with Saiyid's assessment: multiple other Kalat sardars were preparing to secede to Pakistan and Yar Khan would have hardly any territory left, if he did not accede.:
The rulers of Kalat held the title of Wali originally 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|
|2006–present||Prince Mir Mohammad Khan Ahmadzai|
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.