Inayatullah Khan

Amanullah Khan Kabul Emirate of Afghanistan
Inayatu'llah Khan
King of the God granted Kingdom of Afghanistan and its dependencies[citation needed]
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Portrait of Inayatuallah Khan, 1929
King of Afghanistan
ReignJanuary 14, 1929 – January 17, 1929
PredecessorAmanullah Khan
SuccessorHabibullāh Kalakāni (In Kabul)
Ali Ahmad Khan (In Jalalabad)
BornOctober 20, 1888
Kabul, Emirate of Afghanistan
DiedAugust 12, 1946 (aged 57)
Tehran, Imperial Iran
ConsortKhairiya Khanum Effendi
FatherHabibullah Khan
MotherJamal Begum
ReligionSunni Islam
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Inayatullah Khan Seraj (October 20, 1888 – August 12, 1946) was the King of Afghanistan for three days in January 1929. He was the son of former Afghan Emir, Habibullah Khan. Inayatullah's brief reign ended with his abdication.

In the middle of the night, on January 14, 1929, Amanullah Khan handed over his kingship to his brother Inayatullah Khan and tried to secretly escape from Kabul to Kandahar. Habibullāh Kalakāni and his followers chased Amanullah's Rolls Royce on horseback but Amanullah managed to escape.

With the King gone, Kalakani wrote a letter to King Inayatullah to either surrender or prepare for war. Inayatullah's response was that he had never sought nor wished to be king and agreed to abdicate and proclaim Kalakani as king on January 18, 1929.[1] Inayatullah was airlifted out of Kabul by the Royal Air Force[2] and spent the remainder of his life in exile. In August 1929, during the Afghan civil war of 1928-29, there were rumours in Kabul that rupees bearing Inayatullah's name were circulating among anti-Kalakani forces. This led some to believe that Inaytullah had begun to contest the Afghan throne. However, nothing came of this, and the rumours quickly subsided.[3] Inayatullah remained in British India, until his death in Tehran in 1946.


  1. ^ Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo
  2. ^ "RAF 'Heroes of Kabul': 80th Anniversary. Royal Air Force official website". Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  3. ^ Muḥammad, Fayz̤; Hazārah, Fayz̤ Muḥammad Kātib (1999). Kabul Under Siege: Fayz Muhammad's Account of the 1929 Uprising. Markus Wiener Publishers. pp. 232, 233. ISBN 9781558761551.