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State of Kalat


State of Kalat

Subdivision of Pakistan
1666–14 October 1955


Map of Pakistan with Kalat highlighted
Capital Kalat
 -  Established 1666
 -  Disestablished 14 October 1955
Area 91,909 km2 (35,486 sq mi)
Government of Balochistan
Former administrative units of Pakistan

The Khanate of Kalat (Template:Lang-bal) was a princely state that existed from 1666 to 1955 in the centre of the modern-day province of Balochistan, Pakistan. The state capital was the town of Kalat.


The Khanate of Kalat occupied the central part of the territory of modern-day Balochistan province in Pakistan.

The principal mountains are the Central Brahui, 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 in Pakistan and Chahbahar, Bandar Abbas in Iran.


The Khanate of Kalat was founded in 1666. The Khanate reached at its peak during the period of Naseer Khan I, who unified Kalat region under his flag. 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.

From 15 August 1947 to 27 March 1948, the region was de facto independent before acceding to Pakistan on 27 March 1948. The Baluchistan States Union was formed on 3 October 1952 with three neighbouring states. The Khanate of Kalat ceased to exist on 14 October 1955 when the province of West Pakistan was formed.

Rulers of Kalat

The rulers of Kalat held the title of Wali originally but in 1739 also took the title (Begler Begi) Khan usually shortened to Khan. The last Khan of Kalat (Urdu: خان قلات‎) had the privilege of being the President of the Council of Rulers for the Baluchistan States Union.

Tenure Khan of Kalat[1]
1666–1667 Ahmad I
1695–1696 Mir Mehrab
1697–1713 Samandar Khan
1713–1714 Ahmad II
1715–1730 Mir Abdullah
1730–1749 Mir Muhabbat
1749–1794 Mir Muhammad Naseer Khan I
1794–1831 Mir Mahmud Khan I
1831 - 13 November 1839 Mir Mehrab Khan II
1839–1840 Mir Shah Nawaz Khan
1840–1857 Mir Naseer Khan II
1857 - March 1863 Mir Khudadad Khan (1st time) during his period of rule, there were seven major and many minor rebellion took place.
March 1863 - May 1864 Sherdil Khan (usurped throne)
May 1864 - 15 August 1893 Mir Khudadad Khan (2nd time)
10 November 1893 - 3 November 1931 Mahmud Khan II
3 November 1931 - 10 September 1933 Mohammad Azam Jan Khan
10 September 1933 - 14 October 1955 Ahmad Yar Khan
12 March 1955 - 30 March 1955 State of Kalat ceded to Pakistan

See also


External links

  • Swidler, N. (1972) "The Development of the Kalat Khanate" Journal of Asian and African Studies 7: pp. 115–21
  • Swidler, N. (1992). Kalat: The Political Economy of a Tribal Chiefdom. American Ethnologist, 19(3), 553-570
  • Kalat District - Planning and Development Department of Balochistan Government
  • Genealogy of the Khans of Kalat

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Coordinates: 29°01′33″N 66°35′24″E / 29.02583°N 66.59000°E / 29.02583; 66.59000

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