Kalat State National Party

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Kalat State National Party
First Secretary Malik Saeed Dehwar
Founded February 5, 1937 (1937-02-05) AD
Dissolved 1948 (1948) AD
Preceded by Society for the Unity of Balochis and Balochistan
Headquarters Sibi
Ideology Nationalist, anti-imperialism, monarchist
Political position Far-right, secessionist
National affiliation See Baloch diaspora

The Kalat State National Party (KSNP) was a Baloch nationalist political party in Balochistan in the princely state of Kalat from 1937 to 1948. They sought independence from Pakistan and full restoration of the Khanate of Kalat.

The party was formed on 5 February 1937 in Sibi, emerging out of the reorganization of the Anjuman-e-Ittehad-e-Balochan.[1] Among its leadership were Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Mir Gul Khan Nasir and Abdul Aziz Kurd. Malik Saeed Dehwar was the party's secretary. The party sought the end of the British occupation of Balochistan and the establishment of an independent sovereign state.

The party won 39 of 51 seats in the Kalat parliamentary elections of 1947 after the Khan of Kalat, Mir Ahmad Yar Khan, declared the state's independence.[2] The Kalat government responded by banning the party on 29 June 1947.[3] The party dissolved itself in 1948.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Axmann (2008). Back to the Future: The Khanate of Kalat and the Genesis of Baloch Nationalism, 1915-1955. Oxford University Press. p. 155. 
  2. ^ Various (1999). Pakistani scholars on Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism & Youth Affairs. Golden Jubilee Cell, National Institute of Pakistan Studies. Quaid-i-Azam Chair. p. 291. 
  3. ^ Jānmahmad (1989). Essays on Baloch National Struggle in Pakistan: Emergence, Dimensions, Repercussions. Gosha-e-Adab. p. 173.