Journal of Media Studies, Vol 32, No 2 (2017)

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Coverage of Baluchistan Issues in leading Newspapers of Pakistan

Riffat Alam, Shams ur Rehman, Shafique Jullandhary


The conflict between Baloch nationalists and the Government of Pakistan has been a constant feature in the history of Pakistan. The study explores the treatment of conflict issues in Baluchistan in the editorials and columns of dailies of Pakistan, Jang and Dawn, in the year 2012. Findings show that the coverage on Baluchistan did not adequately reflect the intensity of the conflict. Most frequent themes were on political and religious leadership, foreign hands in Baluchistan and strategic importance of Baluchistan. Most of the opinion articles and columns, blamed bad governance, partial judicial system and rough attitude of security forces with local people as major reasons for the conflict in Baluchistan besides Bugti‟s murder and foreign proxy involvement.


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