Kharan (princely state)

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Kharan
Princely state of Pakistan
1697–14 October 1955

Flag of Kharan

Flag

Location of Kharan
Map of Pakistan with Kharan highlighted
Capital Kharan
History
 -  Established 1697
 -  Disestablished 14 October 1955
Area 48,051 km2 (18,553 sq mi)
Government of Balochistan
Coat of arms of Pakistan
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Former administrative units of Pakistan

The State of Kharan was an autonomous princely state in a subsidiary alliance with British India, until the departure of the British from the subcontinent in August 1947. it was fully independent, until March 1948, when its ruler signed an Instrument of Accession to Pakistan, retaining the state's internal self-government. In 1955 Kharan was incorporated into Pakistan.

The territory once covered by Kharan is today part of the province of Balochistan, in the southwest of Pakistan.

History[edit]

The state of Kharan was established in about 1697 CE as a vassal state of Kalat, a status which remained until 1940. On 17 March 1948, Kharan acceded to Pakistan and on 3 October 1952 it joined the Baluchistan States Union. The state was dissolved on 14 October 1955 when most regions of the western wing of Pakistan were merged to form the province of West Pakistan. When that province was dissolved in 1970, the territory of the former state of Kharan was organised as Kharan District of the province of Baluchistan (later Balochistan).

Demographics[edit]

The population of the state was mainly Baloch tribes, with some Brahui scattered across the area.

Government[edit]

The hereditary rulers of Kharan held the title of Mir and from 1921 were also styled Sardar Bahadur Nawab.

Date of Reign Rulers of Kharan[1]
1810-? Mir Abbas Khan Baloch
1833–1885 Mir Azad Khan Baloch
1885–1909 Mir Nowruz Khan Baloch
1909–1911 Mir Mohammad Yaqub Khan Baloch
1911–1955 Nawab Mir Habibullah Khan Nousherwani Baloch
14 October 1955 State merged into West Pakistan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Cahoon, WorldStatesmen.org. "Pakistan Princely States". Retrieved 2007-10-03. 

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