- Baluchistan (Chief Commissioners Province)
Infobox Former Pakistan subdivision
subdivision = Baluchistan (CCP)
area = 140,010
established = 15th August 1947
abolished = 14th October 1955
footnotes = [http://www.baloch.gov.pk Government of Balochistan] |
The Chief Commissioners Province of Baluchistan was a former province of
British Indialocated in the northern parts of modern Balochistan province.
The province was originally formed over the period 1876-1891 by three treaties between Robert Sandeman and the Khan of Kalat. Sandeman became the Political Agent for the British-administered areas which were strategically located between British India and
Afghanistan. A military base was established at Quettawhich played a major part in the Second and Third Afghan Wars.
The province became part of Pakistan in 1947 and continued to be administered by a Chief Commissioner. It was dissolved in 1955 when most parts of the western wing of Pakistan became the new province of
West Pakistan. When that province was dissolved in 1970, the former Chief Commissioners province was combined with the former Baluchistan States Unionand the enclaveof Gwadarto form a new larger Balochistan Province with a Governor, a Chief Ministerand a Provincial Assembly.
The population of the province was equally split between
Pashtuntribes in the north and Balochtribes in the south and west.
The province was administered by a Chief Commissioner appointed by the Federal Government. Although there was no elected legislature the Chief Commissioner could consult the Shahi Jirga, an assembly of tribal leaders.
The province comprised three groups of areas - the settled districts, the political agencies and the tribal area. The settled areas were mainly the district around Quetta and
Jaffarabad. The agencies were the Zhobagency to the north of Quetta and the Chagai agency to the west, which had a tenuous land link with the rest of the province. The tribal areas were the Bugtiand Marri tribal agencies which would later become Provincially Administered Tribal Areasin the new Balochistan province.
* Balochistan province
Baluchistan States Union
Politics of Pakistan
History of Pakistan
Robert Groves Sandeman
* [http://www.baloch.gov.pk Government of Balochistan]
* [http://www.pakistan.gov.pk Government of Pakistan]
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