Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Khan Kalat was "in no position to undertake the international responsibilities of an independent state"

Khan Kalat was  *"in no position to undertake the international responsibilities of an independent state"* British memorandum

🔴 Was British assessment correct?

On 12th September 1947, British Government repeated its warning to Pakistan, through their High Commission in Karachi of the danger of recognizing Balochistan a separate international entity, which finally led to occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan Army. Here is an extract of that British secret memorandum dated 12th September 1947: *“Pakistan has entered into negotiations with Kalat on the basis of recognizing the State’s claim to independence and of treating the previous agreements between the Crown and Kalat providing for the leas of Quetta and other areas, which would otherwise lapse under section 7(1)(6) of Indian independence Act, as international agreements untouched by termination of paramountcy. The Khan of Kalat whose territory marches with Persia is of course in no position to undertake the international responsibilities of an independent state, and Lord Mountbatten who before the transfer of power was warned of the danger of such a development, doubtless passed on this warning to Pakistan Government. The United Kingdom High Commissioner in Pakistan is being informed of the position and asked to do what he can to guide Pakistan Government away from making agreement with Kalat which would involve recognition of the State as separate international entity”.

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