Political Resistance against the Zia-ul-Haq’s Dictatorial Regime: A Case Study of Punjab Province.

Political Resistance against the Zia-ul-Haq’s


  • Yawar Haroon Assistant Professor, Govt. MAO College, Lahore
  • Mahboob Hussain Professor and Chairman, Department of History & Pakistan Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore


Political Resistance, Punjab, Dictatorial Regime, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq


Punjab being the major province after imposition of Zia’s Dictatorial Regime became centre of political resistance from the side of political workers initially, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) took the step of resistance and they left no stone unturned for the restoration of democracy. Military administration imposed strict regulations to curb the move of resistance against dictatorial regime. The political workers of PPP bore all kinds of restriction with open arms. The move of political resistance got momentum when dictatorial administration could not fulfill the commitment of conduction free and fair elections. The move got extreme momentum when Z.A Bhutto was arrested and trialed.The series of political resistance continued with new phase when Bhutto was hanged in April 1979.As the strictness from the military administration was using various steps of strictness the resistance movement got momentum against dictatorial regime in form of political alliance. The politicians neglected their contradiction and formulated an alliance against regime of Gen. Zia-ul-Haq. The move of political resistance continued against every step of Gen.Zia-ul-Haq and Punjab was the centre of political resistance till end of regime up to17th August 1988.


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How to Cite

Haroon, Y., & Hussain, M. (2019). Political Resistance against the Zia-ul-Haq’s Dictatorial Regime: A Case Study of Punjab Province.: Political Resistance against the Zia-ul-Haq’s. Journal Of Social Sciences, 10(1), 15-39. Retrieved from //jss.gcuf.edu.pk/index.php/jss/article/view/39