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This is comprehensive and well-researched study of the nature and functioning of political parties in Pakistan. Earlier two volumes of the same book covered the periods of '1947-1958' and '1958-1969' respectively. This volume focusses on the role of political parties during very crucial and vital years of Pakistan's history i.e. 1969-1971. During these years, Pakistan passed through first general elections of its history, political unrest, uprising, civil war and ultimately separation of East Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. To explain the role of political parties during the period, author has discussed them under the headings of 'rightists', 'leftists' and 'regionalists'. During this period, strategies, policies and functioning of the political parties revolved around the general elections 1970. The author has divided the activities of parties into four phases. Period of limited freedom from 26 March to 31 December 1969, period of unrestrained electoral campaign from 1st January to 31 December 1970, period of tussle, negotiation and deadlock between two major winning parties from December 1970 to 25 March 1971 and period of reduced role of parties after military action from 26 March to 19 December 1971. The book is considered indispensable for students and researchers interested to understand political parties of Pakistan.
Department of Political Science & Pakistan Studies
Hazara University Mansehra
THE RIGHTISTS I
THE LEFTISTS AND REGIONALISTS II
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