Dad Shah

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For the village in Iran, see Dad Shah, Iran.

Mir Dad Shah Baloch [1](Balochi: دادشاه) was a farmer who lived in Nillag village of Iranian Balochistan in the 1950s. Due to his dislike of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, he rebelled against the government. Daad Shah's wife, Bibi Hatun, fought with him. Dad Shah was supported by Iraq through local Baloch politician Mir Abdi, who went into self-exile there. Dad Shah killed tribal chief Sardar Muhammad Darani of Zahedan. Sardar Darani was the commander-in-chief of the Zahedan area at the time. In 1957, Daad Shah’s tribal chiefs betrayed him. They called for him to come to negotiations where he was killed in a gun battle with Iranian Forces. The Shah persuaded Mir Abdi Baloch to return to Iran and gave him privileges to stop his political campaign against Iran.

The struggle came to an end by an agreement between Iran and Iraq, when Iran stopped support for the Kurdish struggle in Iraq, while Iraq deprived the Baloch of theirs. However, Iraq secretly supported the separatists until the 1980s, when the Iraq-Iran War and Iraq openly gave Baloch groups financial and military aid.

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  1. ^ "Dad Shah". Retrieved 2014-09-24. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Mordechai Nisan Minorities in the Middle East: a history of struggle and self-expression, ISBN 0786413751