National Awami Party

National Awami Party

National Awami Party

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The National Awami Party (NAP) was a leftist political party in Pakistan. The party was founded in Dhaka in erstwhile East Pakistan in July 1957 through the merger of several leftist and progressive groups. It advocated provincial autonomy, rights on the basis of ethnicity, recognition of ethinicities as 'nations' (as opposed to Islam as a nation) and a non-aligned foreign policy. It was the principal opposition party to the military regime for much of the late 1950s and mid 1960s. The party split in 1969 into two factions, the head of one faction remained in newly formed Bangladesh, while the remaining faction became the principal opposition party to the rule of Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The party was outlawed by the Pakistani government in 1975 and much of its leadership subsequently imprisoned for alleged anti-state activities.

Political ideology

The NAP set the following as its main aims:<br />1 Defence of the sovereignty, integrity and independence of Pakistan.<br />2 Non-aligned, independent foreign policy. <br />3 Ending of exploitation of Pakistan externally and its people internally.<br />4 Abolition of One Unit and reorganisation of provinces on linguistic...
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