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28 February 2020

Chitral, a Study in Statecraft (1320-1969)

The Mehtars of Chitral were powerful rulers with a strong grip on state and society. The British colonial administration allowed them full authority in their internal affairs of the state and did not disturb their power on the domestic front.

In 1947, when the British quit India, Chitral acceded to newly created state of Pakistan but retained quasi-autonomous status. Six years later, the valley of the Mehtars was brought partially under the administration control of Government of Pakistan. The Traditional system of statecraft was disbanded and a new administrative structure began to be established. This was followed in 1969 by the merger of Chitral state into the administration set up of the North West Frontier Province [KPK] and the birth of what is known today as District of Chitral.

Chitral: A Study in Statecraft (1320–1969) was prepared by IUCN-The World Conservation Union, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This book is a very good resource to study about the history of Chitral, particularly the statecraft.