This paper is designed to show the relationship between affinity and political alliances. In kinship ties, descent imposes mutual duties and obligations and is only confined to those who share a common blood. As the blood binds together all those who share a descent, similarly affinity ties non-blood relatives through marriage. While much of the existing literature has been understandably focused on descent lines; however, there is a lack of sufficient study on the role of marital alliances in reproducing the dominance of ‘tribally influential families’ despite emerging challenges from the intrusion of modern state institutions. Using the example of one of the most powerful political families (Jogezai) in Baluchistan, this article tries to show the significance of exogamous and cross-regional marriages that form political kinship network.
1-Aziz Ullah Kakar: Student, National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.