Nawabzada Khalid Magsi, the Chief of BAP addressing a press conference

Syed Ali Shah: 

QUETTA: The Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), once hailed as the harbinger of change in Balochistan’s political landscape, now finds itself grappling with a significant decline in influence following the February 8 general elections. With its emergence as the largest parliamentary group in 2018, BAP’s recent setback signals a notable shift in the province’s political dynamics.


Founded in 2018, BAP swiftly rose to prominence under the leadership of influential figures such as Jam Kamal Khan and Mir Quddus Bizenjo, both of whom served as Chief Ministers of Balochistan. With a promise of development and progress, BAP secured a substantial mandate, positioning itself as a dominant force in provincial and federal politics.

The Decline:

However, the party’s once-unassailable position has been eroded, as evidenced by its diminished presence in the provincial assembly, where it now holds a mere five seats. The defection of key figures, including former presidents Jam Kamal Khan and Mir Quddus Bizenjo, has further weakened BAP’s stronghold. Their decision to switch allegiance to rival factions such as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), and the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI) underscores the depth of BAP’s crisis.

Erosion Of BAP:

The erosion of BAP’s support base highlights the fluid nature of Balochistan’s political landscape, characterized by shifting alliances and allegiances. The party’s inability to retain key figures and navigate the intricate webs of regional politics has left it vulnerable to the machinations of its competitors. Moreover, BAP’s decline offers an opportunity for other parties to assert their influence and shape the province’s future trajectory.


As BAP grapples with diminishing influence, Balochistan’s political scene enters a phase of transition. The recent general elections have not only redrawn the political map but have also set the stage for renewed competition and strategic maneuvering among various factions. How BAP responds to these challenges will be crucial in determining its future relevance in the province’s political landscape.

Political Impacts:

The decline of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) marks a significant turning point in the province’s political history. Once heralded as the vanguard of change, BAP’s fall from grace underscores the volatile nature of Balochistan’s politics. As new power dynamics emerge, the stage is set for a period of intense competition and realignment, reshaping the contours of Balochistan’s political landscape for years to come.

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