Kalat

For the administrative subdivision of Iran, see Kalat District (Iran).
Kalat District
—  District  —
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Capital Kalat
Established March 1954
Government
 • District Nazim Mir Niamatullah Khan
 • District Naib Nazim Molvi Abdul Rehman
Area
 • Total 6,621 km2 (2,556 sq mi)
Population (2002 Estimate)
 • Total 500,000
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
District Council
Number of Tehsils 2
Website http://www.bdd.sdnpk.org/Kalat.html

Kalat or Qalat (Balochi: قلات) is a district in Balochistan, Pakistan. It is one of 26 in that province, and encompasses an area of 6,621 km2 (2,556 sq mi). The population of the district is estimated to be over 400,000 in 2005. The district is governed from the city of Kalat.

Kalat was notified as a district on February 3, 1954. At that time Khuzdar and Mastung districts were sub-divisions of Kalat (which then also included Bolan, Jhal Magsi and Naseerabad (Dera Murad Jamali); these were separated in 1965 as Kachhi District). Khuzdar became a separate district by notification of 1 March 1974, while Mastung was announced to be separate district on 18 February 1992. The district draws its name from the ancient city of Kalat. The old name of the district headquarters was Kahan. The current district consists of two sub-divisions, i.e. Kalat and Surab, five tehsils: Kalat Mangochar, Johan, Gazgz, and Surab, 81 patwar circles and 614 mauza (villages).

The climate is arid, hot in summer and cold in winter, with most rainfall occurring in the winter. The terrain is mountainous with several valleys and one main river, mount Harboi in Kalat is known for Juniper old trees, the Moro River. The main economic activities are agriculture and livestock farming.

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Administration

The district is administratively subdivided into the following tehsils:[1]

Population

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According to the census of 1995, 89% of the population speak the Brahui language and 5% the Balochi language. Over 98% of the population is Muslim. There is a small Zikri minority.

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