chapter  3
64 Pages

Political interventions

WithSalman Rafi Sheikh

Starting from Balochistan’s forceful accession to Pakistan, this chapter brings to light the processes of its integration into Pakistan as a province. It highlights how these processes hindered rather than facilitated this integration and delayed Balochistan’s elevation to the status of a province by almost twenty-three years. Termed political interventions, the chapter studies different political experiments made during this era and concludes by showing that even after its elevation to a province and constitution of a democratically elected government, the central government’s domination remained absolute and provincial autonomy a political fantasy only – something that radicalized the movement directly.