Chagai District

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ضِلع چاغى
Chagai District ( Western Sanjrani Agency)
Map of Balochistan with Chagai District highlighted in maroon
Map of Balochistan with Chagai District highlighted in maroon
Country  Pakistan
Province  Balochistan
Division Quetta Division
Established 1896
Headquarters Dalbandin
 • District Chairman Dawood Jan Notezai
 • Total 505,450 km2 (195,160 sq mi)
Population (2005 Estimate)
 • Total 250,000
 • Density 4.95/km2 (12.8/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Chagai District Westen Sanjrani Agency (also Chaghi) (Balochi: ضِلع چاغى), is the largest district of Pakistan and is located on the north west corner of Balochistan, Pakistan.[1] It forms a triangular border with Afghanistan and Iran. Pakistan conducted a nuclear weapons test in 1998 at Ras Koh Hills Chagai District.


Sanjrani Baloch ruled Chagai for more than seven hundred years the history of Sanjrani is in the poetry of local singers of every era they ruled.The present chief of Chagai is Sardar Mir Taj Muhammad Khan Sanjrani Baloch II . Chagai District was created in 1896 . It also called Western Sanjrani Agency (PATA) Nushki was the only sub division of the district with two tehsils, Nushki and Dalbandin. Naukundi sub tehsil was upgraded to tehsil in 1950. Chagai district was attached to Kalat District in 1957 but was detached after two years. The Police Department is still under the Superintendent of Police, Kalat. Dalbandin Tehsil was upgraded to Sub-Division on 1 February 1978. Taftan was created as sub tehsil in 1981. Chagai sub-tehsil was created with effect from 1 October 1985. The Assistant Political Agent Nushki remained sub-Divisional Magistrate of Nushki Sub Division till September 1989 when an independent post of Additional Political Agent was created for the district. In 1998 Pakistan conducted their first ever nuclear weapons test at Ras Koh Hills Chagai District.[citation needed]

The earliest monuments are the ruins of terraced embankments. These are found at the foot of the Ras Koh hills; they are ascribed to the fire-worshippers, who are said to have been the inhabitants of this area more than two thousand years ago. The next traces of ancient history are the square shaped tombs in the western areas of the district, which are attributed by the local traditions to the Kianian dynasty of Iran. The remains of the ruined forts and karezes found in different parts of the district are assigned to the Arabs. These are also sometimes attributed to the Mughals and in any case indicate the presence of a richer civilisation than is now found among the Baloch and Brahui inhabitants of the district.[citation needed]


Chagai District is administratively subdivided into the following tehsils:[1]

Nushki District[edit]

The newly formed Nushki District is administratively subdivided into:


the population of Chagai District was 602,562, along with approximately 53,000 Afghan refugees. The population of Chagai District was estimated to be over 560,000 in 2014. Over 99% of the people of the area are Muslims and Baloch .[citation needed] The major Baloch tribes in the district are Sanjrani, Notezai, Sherzai, Mandazai, Muhammadzai, Al Ahmad Mustafa As Saud, Nausherwani, Kubdani, Kashani, Mengal, Jamaldini, Balanoshi, Badini Rakshani, Sasoli, Mohammad Hassani, Reki, Dehwar, Siapad, Rodeni and also some sindhi people near the Iranian border.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 29°00′N 64°00′E / 29.000°N 64.000°E / 29.000; 64.000