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Did Khan Kalat promised Jinha to Accede?

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D. Karachi, 4 p.m* 8th March, 1948
R 1 ,40 p.m. 8th March, 1948
From Burnett. Your 'telegram No. 454. Kalat.
Pakistan Government received on 4th March official
letter from Prime Minister Kalat intimating results of
discussions on accession in (A) Lower and (B) Upper Houses of
Kalat Assembly, namely (A) preference for Treaty instead of
accession and (B) reguest for further time for consideration.
This letter has not yet reached Cahinet to whom it is being
submitted, and reply proposed to question is therefore suitable,
2. Secret. I understand that Mr.Jinnah, who has
hitherto personally conducted negotiations with Khan, has now
sent letter to His Highness regretting that their efforts since
last October to reach friendly settlement have not been
successful and informing him that future negotiations will be
handled at official level by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
through A.G.G. Baluchistan.
3. I also understand' that the Kalat Prime Minister,
Mohammad Aslam who is Pakistan Officer, and report of whose
resignation has appeared in press, asked a few days ago for
permission to visit Karachi for consultations but has been
advised to remain at his .post - officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs had discussions with Fell who left here for Kalat on 6th March, and seem to hope that he will be able to induce the  Khan to implement promise to accede, which he apparently gave personally to Mr.Jinnah at SiBi
Copies to:
Mr.Tull, Foreign Office
Mr.Harrison, External Dept.


This file mainly concerns the status of Muscat-controlled Gwadur [Gwadar]. The main subject of discussion is the possibility of Kalat State seeking to purchase Gwadur from the Sultan of Muscat, or even using force to take control of the territory. Related matters of discussion include the following: British policy in the event of the Sultan being approached by the Khan of Kalat regarding the sale of Gwadur; relations between Kalat State and Pakistan, and the likelihood of Kalat State acceding to Pakistan. The principal correspondents are the following: the Political Resident in the Persian Gulf , the Political Agent and Consul at Muscat, the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Pakistan, and officials of the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Foreign Office.


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