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(Ultimate source - Transfer of Power Papers, proximate source: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Papers, Volume VIII, The States: Historical and Policy Perspectives and Accession to Pakistan, Edited by Z.H. Zaidi)

M.A. Jinnah to Louis Mountbatten

9 August 1947

Dear Lord Mountbatten,
  Many thanks for your letter dated the 8th of August along with a letter from Lord Ismay.

  I have accepted the draft agreement between Pakistan and Kalat, and you may now issue the communique {Annex I} accordingly.


Annex I to PS-66
Press Communique on Situation between Pakistan and Kalat State
11 August 1947
As a result of a meeting held between a delegation from Kalat and officials of the Pakistan States Department, presided over by the Crown Representative, and of a series of meetings between the Crown Representative, His Highness of Kalat, and Mr Jinnah, the following is the situation:

1. The Government of Pakistan recognizes Kalat as an independent sovereign State in treaty relations with the British Government, with a status different from that of Indian States.

2. Legal opinion will be sought as to whether or not agreements of leases between the British Government and Kalat will be inherited by the Pakistan Government.

3. When this opinion has been received, further meetings will take place between representatives of Pakistan and the Khan of Kalat at Karachi.

4. Meanwhile a Standstill Agreement has been made between Pakistan and Kalat.

5. Discussions will take place between Pakistan and Kalat at Karachi at an early date with a view to reaching decisions on Defence, External Affairs and Communications.


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