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Kharan (Baluchistan)

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[Makran (Princely state, british India)] image by Chrystian Kretowicz

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Kharan was located at the northwest of the Baluchistan Agency in a desert area. Most of it's territory was in the Sandy Desert, but included also parts of the Central Makran Range. The only city or town I could find in this area is Nag, presumably the capital of the state (speculation here). Flag unknown to me.
Jorge Candeias, 3 May 1998

The Makran State had a flag blue-red-green with a crescent and star near the fly in the upper stripe.
Jaume Ollé, 4 May 1998

Baluchistan Province, Princely States of Baluchistan
11 Gun Salute

Area: ?
Acceded to Pakistan on March 17, 1948, Last Ruler: Mir Habibullah Khan 1911-1955
The early history of Kharan is obscure. It is mainly a record of the fights and forays in which the chiefs and the tribesmen were continuously engaged. Being poor and barren, it did not tempt any of the conquering nations which from time to time since the 14th century conquered other territories. It is said that Nausherwanis were in power in the north east of Iran. Chaotic conditions were then prevailing in Iran and the ruler of that country considered them responsible for this. Accordingly they were compelled to migrate toward Sistain, bordering the present Kharan District. It is said that the first man who enter into Kharan from this tribe was Mir Abbas Khan. The Nausherwanis spread over the entire area and selected Rakhshan (present Basima) as their settlement. Prior to the entry of Nausherwanis, the Rakhshan area was dominated by the Peerakzais. Mir Abbas entered into matrimonial relations with this tribe and afterwards gained control over the Peerakzais tribe. Mir Azad Khan surrendered his sovereignty to the British Government in 1884. In 1940, Kharan, with the help of the British, ceased to be a vassal state of Kalat and joined Pakistan, with reluctance, in 1948. In 1955 the princely states were abolished in Baluchistan and Kharan became just a mere district of Pakistan.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 16 January 2003