Inayatullah Khan

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Inayatu'llah Khan
King of the God granted Kingdom of Afghanistan and its dependencies[1]
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Portrait of Inayatuallah Khan, 1929
King of Afghanistan
Reign January 14, 1929 – January 17, 1929
Coronation None
Predecessor Amanullah Khan
Successor Habibullāh Kalakāni
Born October 20, 1888
Kabul, Emirate of Afghanistan
Died August 12, 1946 (aged 57)
Tehran, Imperial Iran
Consort Khairiya
Dynasty Barakzai
Father Habibullah Khan
Mother Jamal Begum
Religion Sunni Islam
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History of Afghanistan
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Inayatullah Khan Seraj (October 20, 1888 – August 12, 1946) was the King of Afghanistan for three days in January 1929. He was the son of former Afghan Emir, Habibullah Khan. Inayatullah's brief reign ended with his abdication.

In the middle of the night, on January 14, 1929, Amanullah Khan handed over his kingship to his brother Inayatullah Khan and tried to secretly escape from Kabul to Kandahar. Habibullāh Kalakāni and his followers chased Amanullah's Rolls Royce on horseback but Amanullah managed to escape.

With the King gone, Kalakani wrote a letter to King Inayatullah to either surrender or prepare for war. Inayatullah's response was that he had never sought nor wished to be king and agreed to abdicate and proclaim Kalakani as king on January 18, 1929.[2] Inayatullah was airlifted out of Kabul by the Royal Air Force[3] and spent the remainder of his life in exile, first in British India, until his death in Tehran in 1946.


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Inayatullah Khan
Born: 20 October 1888 Died: 12 August 1946
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Amanullah Khan
King of Afghanistan
Succeeded by
Habibullah Kalakani