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Federal cabinet and provincial issues in Pakistan: A study of the Punjab, 1947-1955


Kiran, Naumana (2014) Federal cabinet and provincial issues in Pakistan: A study of the Punjab, 1947-1955. In: 23rd International Conference of Historians of Asia 2014 (IAHA2014), 23 - 27 August 2014, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Under Indian Independence Act 1947, British Punjab was divided into East and West Punjab.Muslim-dominated West Punjab was inherited by Pakistan. The Muslim League’s foundation was weak in the Province till 1944.It came into power in Punjab only in 1947 after creation of Pakistan. Its government in the Province showed pathetic picture from 1947 to 1955.Researcher wants to investigate Federal Cabinet’s role in sorting out provincial problems including power struggle among provincial political leaders, conflict between the Governor and the Chief Minister, anti-Ahmediya movement, and conflict on introduction of One Unit.Pakistan adopted Parliamentary and Cabinet system of Government in 1947 after independence.The institution of Cabinet worked efficiently, even in presence of strong Governor-Generals and took very important policy decisions on politics of the Punjab. This study seeks to investigate what role was played by the Cabinet to deal with the political issues emerged in the Punjab, when was Cabinet by-passed by the Prime Minister and the Governor General while issuing policy towards Punjab politics and on what issues Cabinet was directly involved in dealing with the Punjab’s problems.This paper has been produced mostly on the basis of primary source material including newly declassified Cabinet papers and the Prime Ministers’ Papers. These Papers give a detailed insight account of the working of this important institution.The use of Cabinet files on various issues has enhanced the importance of this research paper and brings to light new aspects of various issues of the Punjab politics.It reveals the true value of the institution of the Cabinet in policy-making and decision-taking towards Punjab which has rarely been brought to light.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0474-77-9 Organized by: Universiti Utara Malaysia and Malaysian Historical Society (Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Politics, Punjab, Federal Cabinet, Cabinet Files, powerful Centre. Politics: Continuity and Change
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: School of International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 01:42
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 02:15
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/14494

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