1970-1977 History of Baluchistan

Pakistani Baluchistan 1977-1988

The provincial autonomy gained in 1970/1972 was abolished in 1977 when General Zia ul Haq took power in a coup d'etat. On the other hand, a number of Balochi political leaders were released from jail; General Rahimuddin Khan was appointed governor of Balochistan; he declared martial law (1978-1984) and brought temporary stability to the province.
In 1979 the Islamic Revolution happened in Iran, and Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan. The Afghani resistance, the Mujahedeen, depended on supplies from and through Pakistan.
In 1985, civil administration of Balochistan was reintroduced.

Carina Jahani, State Control and its Impact on Balochistan
History of Quetta, Baloch Insurgency and Rahimuddin's Stabilization, History of Balochistan, from Wikipedia
Balochis of Pakistan : On the Margin of History, from Foreign Policy Centre (British); online book
REFERENCE Christophe Jaffrelot (ed.), A History of Pakistan and its Origins, translated from the French, London : Anthem Press (2002) 2004, KMLA Lib. Call Sign 954.91 J23h

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First posted on May 2nd 2007

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