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Title: Non-violent Struggle for the Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan (1977-1988)
Authors: Aslam, Muhammad
Keywords: Social Sciences
Pakistan Studies
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
Abstract: The study tries to explore the non-violent nature and development of the MRD movement in Pakistan. It has examined that how the activists of the movement applied the methods of non-violence to achieve its objectives and garner public support in the country and Western capitals. The work has also analysed that how General Zia-ul-Haq used violence and coercive tactics to stymie the non-violent struggle for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. The MRD activists did respond peacefully to repressive policies and violent attacks of the military government. Consequently, activists of the movement followed unarmed resistance and the state of Pakistan under the military rule of Zia pursued violence to repress mass mobilization till 1988. The military government’s holding of non-party based general elections failed to halt opposition to its undemocratic and unconstitutional policies. Resultantly, the movement continued with full vigor after the restoration of so-called democracy under the supervision of military in the country. The dissertation has connected the theory of non-violence in case of this movement. It has analysed the nature, development and policies of the movement towards the military government in general and the province of Sindh’s participation in particular. Thus, the study has tried to develop a modern history of non-violent struggles in Pakistan.
Gov't Doc #: 22580
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