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|Emir of Greater Afghanistan|
Shah of Persia
|Emir of Afghanistan|
|Reign||Hotak dynasty: 1709–1715|
|Predecessor||Gurgin Khan (as governor of Kandahar under the Safavids)|
|Successor||Abdul Aziz Hotak|
Kandahar, Safavid Iran
|Died||November 1715 (aged 41–42)|
Kandahar, Hotak dynasty
Kokaran, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Mir Ways ibn Shah 'Alam, also known as Mirwais Khan Hotak (Pashto/Dari: ميرويس خان هوتک) (1673–1715) was an Afghan ruler from the Ghilji tribe of Kandahar, Afghanistan, and the founder of the Hotak dynasty.
In 1709, after overthrowing and assassinating George XI of Kartil, the Safavid Persian governor, Hotak declared independence of the Loy Kandahar region, now southern Afghanistan. Hotak is widely known as Mīrwais Nīkə (ميرويس نيکه) or Mīrwais Bābā (ميرويس بابا)—"Mirwais the Grandfather" in Pashto.
Mirwais Khan Hotak, the Hotaki Ghilzai chieftain and nominal mayor of Qandahar was a much more formidable rival than Mir Samander.