Khan of Kalat calls for grand Jirga of Baloch sardars
Last Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2006, 00:00
Islamabad, Sept 21: The former ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Kalat, which formed part of Balochistan, is convening a meeting of tribal elders today to discuss the situation arising out of the killing of rebel leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a Pakistani military operation.

Kalat Sardar Suleman Daud, who strongly criticised Bugti's killing, called for the 'Jirga' in Kalat to discuss the situation in Balochistan.

Several Baloch sardars or tribal leaders and important personalities from Sindh and Punjab are likely to take part in the Jirga, 'Daily Times' reported.

The meeting was tipped to be one of the most important gatherings of Baloch tribal chiefs, the report said. The last such Jirga was convened in 1887 by then Khan of Kalat, Khan Khudaidad Khan.

Baloch chieftains supporting Pakistan government have not been invited to the Jirga, the report said.

Kalat was a former princely state located at the centre of the modern province of Balochistan. It was founded in 1638.

On March 31, 1948, the state acceded to Pakistan which went on to form the Balochistan states union on October 3, 1952 with three neighbouring states. The state of Kalat ceased to exist from October 14, 1955 when the province of West Pakistan was formed.

Bugti's killing evoked strong nationalist sentiments in Balochistan, where the rebels have been agitating for more provincial autonomy. Baloch nationalist parties have held several protest rallies since the killing of Bugti in a military raid on August 26.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006, 00:00

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