Pakistani Punjab, 1977-1988

In 1977, General Zia ul Haq staged a coup d'etat. Again, democratic institutions were suspended, political parties banned; Zulfikar Ali Bhutto arrested, sentenced to death and executed. State administration was cleansed of many PPP members, most of them being Sindhis. Thus the Punjabi domination of state administration was restored.
In 1985 civilian administration of the Punjab was restored. Following the death of General Zia ul Haq in a plane crash in 1988, Pakistan returned to democratic rule; the ban on political parties was lifted.
The administration did not permit the Seraikistan Movement to pursue her goals openly.
The population of Punjab rose from 39.9 million in 1975 to 53.8 million in 1985.

Articles Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, Seraiki People, from Wikipedia
DOCUMENTS Pakistan Provinces : Sind, from World Statesmen
Historical Population Figures : Pakistan, Provinces, from Population Statistics
Former Assemblies of the Punjab, 1947-2001, from Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
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 3rd 2007

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