Khanate of Kalat

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Princely state of Pakistan
1666–14 October 1955

Flag of Kalat


Location of Kalat
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
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The Khanate of Kalat (Balochi: قلات) was a princely state that existed from 1666 to 1955 in the centre of the modern-day province of Balochistan, Pakistan. Prior to that they were subjects of Mughal emperor Akbar in Delhi. Ahmedzai Baloch ruled the state independently until 1839, when it became a self-governing state in a subsidiary alliance with British India. It was briefly independent from August 1947 till March 1948, when its khan acceded his state to the new Dominion of Pakistan. It remained a princely state of Pakistan until 1955, when it was incorporated into the country.

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 Mir Noori Naseer Khan Ahmedzai Baloch 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[edit]

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 (Balochi: خان قلات) had the privilege of being the President of the Council of Rulers for the Baluchistan States Union.

Tenure Khan of Kalat[1]
1638-1666 Mir Hassan Khan Mirwani Baloch 1st wali of Kalat
1666–1667 Mir Ahmad Khan I Qambrani Baloch
1695–1696 Mir Mehrab Khan Ahmedzai Baloch
1697–1713 Mir Samandar Khan Ahmedzai Baloch also known as Amir al-Umara Amir of Amirs
1713–1714 Mir Ahmad Khan II Ahmedzai Baloch
1715–1730 Mir Abdullah Khan Ahmedzai Baloch also known as Eagle of the Mountain
1730–1749 Mir Muhabbat Khan Ahmedzai Baloch
1749–1794 Mir Muhammad Nasir Khan I Ahmedzai Baloch also known as Noori Naseer Khan the Great
1794–1831 Mir Mahmud Khan I Ahmedzai Baloch
1831 - 13 November 1839 Mir Mehrab Khan II Ahmedzai Baloch
1839–1840 Mir Shah Nawaz Khan Ahmedzai Baloch
1840–1857 Mir Naseer Khan II Ahmedzai Baloch
1857 - March 1863 Mir Mir Khudadad Khan Ahmedzai Baloch (1st time) during his period of rule, there were seven major and many minor rebellion took place.
March 1863 - May 1864 Mir Sherdil Khan Ahmedzai Baloch (usurped throne)
May 1864 - 15 August 1893 Mir Khudadad Khan Ahmedzai Baloch (2nd time)
10 November 1893 - 3 November 1931 Mir Mahmud Khan Ahmedzai Baloch II
3 November 1931 - 10 September 1933 Mir Mohammad Azam Jan Khan Ahmedzai Baloch
10 September 1933 - 14 October 1955 Mir Ahmad Yar Khan Ahmedzai Baloch
12 March 1955 - 30 March 1955 State of Kalat ceded to Pakistan

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