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Balochistan during Musharraf Era: A Political Perspective
AbstractBalochistan had a troublesome start with the federal state of Pakistan. It is a secular tribal society where tribal laws are dominant over the state jurisprudence. General Musharraf who imposed martial law in year of 1999 held general elections in 2002 to gain legitimacy. As a result, PML-Q won the majority and formed provincial government in the region. Peace environment is hard to witness in this province as first insurgency broke out between Baloch rebels and government of Pakistan in 1948 soon after independence over the issue of Kalat state annexation followed by others in 1955, 1973 and 2005. To address the Baloch grievances parliamentary committee on Balochistan was established in 2004 but its efforts proved in vain. Historic and descriptive methods of research were used as well as secondary and primary data were incorporated by support arguments to write this piece of research.
- Dr. Saima Butt
- Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, College for Women University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
- Sadia Ashraf
- Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Lahore College for Women University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan