Democracy (Urdu: جمہوریت; pronounced jamhooriat) is one of the ideologies and systems upon which Pakistan was sought to be established in 1947 as a nation-state, as envisaged by the leader and founding father of the nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan constitutionally is a democratic parliamentary republic with its political system based on an elected form of governance. However, in past history there have been deviations from democracy in the form of military coups and political uncertainty. Today Pakistan is the one of the newest functioning democracies since 2008, with the first democratic elections held in 2013 to complete a 5 year term for the first time in its political history. As of current status,[when?] Pakistan is also the 5th largest and is also the largest Majoritarian democracy and (non-liberal) in the world and perhaps considered as the world's largest Islamic democracy within the Muslim world as opposed to a modern liberal democracy, such as modern Republic of Turkey, with its western orientated values.
The Original Concept of Democracy in the World And Also in the Asian Continent has historical root in the Indus Valley Civilisation, which thrived in modern-day Pakistan.
It was one of the earliest and largest ancient human civilisations alongside Mesopotamia, the Nile Valley, Anatolia and ancient China, known for its highly developed, sophisticated and urbanised culture and much later also old Greece which had some form of democratic rule.
Historians and social scientists studying the civilisation's social structure observe that the Indus Valley had an organised planning system, including standard architecture, civic controls, consistent grid layouts and uniformed sanitary facilities. This well-disciplined lifestyle and a common Rule of Law extending throughout a large area leads some historians to believe and suggest the Indus Valley civilisation in Pakistan as possibly the earliest cradle and model of democracy; one which was based on a "popular rule by the people" based on the conceptions of Welfare State and Rule of law (and hence the presence of some form of Democracy) which even predated old Greece.
Democracy failed exceptionally quickly after independence because Pakistan possessed a weak and fragmented political party that was unable to resolve key governing conflicts. In the wake of intensifying political instability, the civilian bureaucracy and military assumed governing power in 1958. Since its independence, Pakistan's democratic system has fluctuated between civilian and military governments at various times throughout its political history, mainly due to political instability, civil-military conflicts, political corruption, and the periodic coup d'états by the military establishment against weak civilian governments, resulting in the enforcement of martial law across the country (occurring in 1958, 1977 and 1999, and led by chief martial law administrator-generals Ayub Khan, Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf respectively). Democracy in Pakistan, however imperfect, has been allowed to function to varyin degrees. Until 2013, Pakistan did not experience even one democratic transfer of power from one democratically elected government that had completed its tenure to another. All of its previous democratic transitions have been aborted by military coup . Should the 2018 elections see success it will be the longest period for which Pakistan has stayed a democracy without witnessing a military coup.
- ^Pakistan, ruled by the military for half of its 66-year life, has taken steps toward democracy, but the process is far from complete.https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/opinion/international/an-incomplete-democracy.html?_r=0
- ^Trofimov, Yaroslav (10 May 2013). "Democracy Is on Ballot in Pakistan". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- ^Ahmad, Saeed. "Pakistan's Next Leader Vows Better U.S. Ties". WSJ. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- ^The Indus Valley civilization – cradle of democracy?
- ^Did Democracy Begin in the Indus Valley?
- ^Tudor, Maya. "The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan." (Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-03296-5). Chapter 5.
- ^Afzal, Azeem. "Democracy in Pakistan". Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- ^Aqil Shah, The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan |(Harvard University Press, 2014), p. 1. ISBN 9780674728936
ACCOUNTABILITY IS GOOD FOR DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN
Asim Raza September 11, 20173,320
1. Introduction 2. What is accountability? 3. Accountability mechanism in Pakistan a. Accountability-related laws b. Accountability-related organizations and forums c. Accountability-related courts 4. Importance of accountability for democracy in Pakistan Accountability is extremely good for democracy in Pakistan: a. Proofs from the political sector i. Improvement in legislation ii. Guaranteed provision of fundamental rights iii. Closure of the door to …Read More »
DEMOCRACY IS NO MORE VULNERABLE IN PAKISTAN, TIPS for the ESSAY
Asim Raza August 11, 2016995
Introduction An overview of Pakistan’s political history The game of musical chair in the first nine years Martial law of Ayub Khan Revival of democracy after the secession of East Pakistan The murder of democracy and Zia regime Era of 90s — the miracles of Article 58-2(b) Plane Hijacking case and martial law of Pervez Musharraf Controlled democracy during Musharraf …Read More »
DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN, How to tackle the challenges?
Maryam Khan July 11, 2016945
Pakistan has been in quest for stable democratic system since its very inception. It’s almost 7 decades since it came into being, and still we find that ‘endeavours’ are being made for not only developing a ‘democratic’ political system but also for introducing the true phenomenon of democracy in every socioeconomic aspect of the country. Before listing the challenges that …Read More »
Essay Paper!!! Don’t Worry You Can Pass It
Asim Raza May 16, 20151,557
I have seen many people afraid of many things, yet the fear that CSS essay paper evokes in the hearts of the innocent aspirants is gigantic in size and horrible in nature. Students feel that passing essay paper is as tough as surmounting the K2 and that too without being requisitely equipped. And, they are justified in their perception. The …Read More »
JWT Desk March 14, 20152,265
The Road to a stable Democracy in Pakistan “Fundamental problems remain with the legal framework and the implementation of certain provisions, leaving future processes vulnerable to malpractice and Pakistan not fully meeting its obligations to provide citizens the right and opportunity to stand as candidates and to vote.” (General Elections 2013 Report: The European Union Election Observer Mission) Elections reflect …Read More »