LAS BELA (Princely State)

(15 Gun Salute)



AREA: 18,471.88 km2 PRIVY PURSE: xx ACCESSION: 14th October 1955
STATE: Pakistan (Baluchistan) DYNASTY: Jamot (Kathuria segment) RELIGION: Muslim

POPULATION: 63,008 (1931)



PRESENT RULER: HH Mir MUHAMMAD YUSUF KHAN, The Amir and Jam of Las Bela since 1988.
born 1954.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Ruling Family claims descent from Abdul Munaf of the Qureshi tribe in Arabia. The predecessor state was founded in 1333 by Jam Umar Khan, it was followed by the Kathuria Dynasty around 1742 and was merged into Pakistan on 17th March 1948. The Jam maintains a military force of 33 cavalry, 276 infantry and 4 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were...
  • Mir IZZAT KHAN I, Jam Saheb of Las Bela -/1742
  • Sahiba Bibi Chaguli, Rani of Las Bela in 1742
  • Jam Saheb ALI KHAN I, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1742/1765
  • Jam Saheb GHULAM SHAH, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1765/1776 or 1766
  • Jam Saheb MIR KHAN I, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1776/1818
  • Jam Saheb ALI KHAN II, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1818/1830, married and had issue.
    • Jam Saheb Mir Khan II (qv)
  • Jam Saheb MIR KHAN II, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1830/1871 (deposed) and 1877/1888, died 1888.
  • Mir Haji Jam Sahev Sir ALI KHAN III K.C.I.E., Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1871/1877 and 1888/1896, born 1849, he succeeded to the gadi on 21st January 1889 (#1), he was created a Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.) on 1st January 1878 and elevated to a Knight Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (K.C.I.E.) on 2nd January 1893, he is entitled to a salute of 9 guns as a personal distinction; married and had issue. He died 14th January 1896.
    • Mir Jamal Khan (qv)
  • Mir JAMAL KHAN C.I.E., Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1896/1921 (abdicated), born 1872, he succeeded to the gadi on 14th January 1896 on his father's death; he was created a Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.), married (div. 1920), the daughter of Mir Wali Mohammed Khan Mengal, and had issue. He died 1921.
    • Mir Ghulam Muhammed Khab (qv)
    • Mir Ghulam Dastgir, born 1906, married 2ndly, in March 1924, a daughter of Sumar Khan Jokhia of Malir.
  • Mir GHULAM MUHAMMED KHAN, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1921/1937, born in December 1895 and succeeded in March 1921 (#2), married 1stly, 1910, a daughter of Mir Nadir Shah Gitchki of Tump, she died in December 1920, married 2ndly, in July 1922, a niece of Mir Jangi Khan a Kathar, a Noble of the State, and had issue. He died 1937.
    • HH Mir Ghulam Qader Khan (by 1st wife) (qv)
  • HH Mir GHULAM QADER KHAN, Jam Saheb of Las Bela 1937/1988, born 1920, served as Chief Minister of Baluchistan 1973/1974 and 1985/1988. He died (29th May?) 1988.
  • HH Mir MUHAMMAD YUSUF KHAN, Jam Saheb of Las Bela (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.285
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945