Changing Political Trends in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: A Case Study of Malakand (1968-2013)

  • Junaid Babar Lecturer, University of the Poonch, Rawalakot
  • Aabida Lateef PhD Scholar, Arid University, Rawalpindi
  • Nasrullah Khan University of the Poonch, Rawalakot AJK
Keywords: Religious Right, Political Change, Progressivism, State, Society


This paper delineates political and cultural shifts in the Malakand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. The paper challenges dominant perceptions and discourses about the people of KP in the post 9/11 context and presents an alternative version of history and politics. It traces the history of peasant movements and indigenous resistance (1968-1977) for gaining social, economic, and political equality. It is argued that state policies, the influence of regional and global powers have brought radical changes in the whole province in general and in Malakand in particular. In addition to the role of state’s ruling elites and international agencies, the emphasis is on changing demographic and economic conditions which favored religious right at a deep societal level. Qualitative method has been adopted while conducting this research work which involves extensive fieldwork in the Malakand district.  Archival and vernacular sources have also been consulted for tracing the history of progressive politics in the province.