This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the state of political institutions, the military establishment and political parties in Pakistan. It provides a nuanced understanding of the practices of disenfranchisement by theocratic governments in the country which has relegated the people to the margins of their society.
The volume provides an in-depth account of the political history of Pakistan focusing not only on national politics and foreign policy but also on their congruences with subnational systems of governance, the criminal justice system, bureaucracy, the electoral system and the police. It discusses challenging issues plaguing the country such as the continued dominance of the military, lagging economic development, lack of accountability within political institutions, and sectarianism and terrorism. The author dissects and critically examines Pakistan’s hegemonic politics and underlines the need for a new social contract based on the principles of inclusiveness and equality.
The volume offers fresh perspectives on the multifaceted problems in Pakistan’s politics. It will be of great interest to policy practitioners and to academics and students of politics, law and governance, sociology, international relations, comparative politics, Pakistan studies and South Asia studies.
'This book brilliantly examines the history of governance in Pakistan and focuses on the critical aspects of country’s institutional growth. It’s emphasis on the centrality of criminal justice system & rule of law offers readers a very important perspective. The book provides the challenge of terrorism that Pakistan faced for many decades now as a test case of how state institutions responded to this ugly episode. His analysis and prescriptions for governance reform efforts in Pakistan offers much needed clarity and wisdom.
Syed Azhar Hassan Nadeem’s incisive observations, rich experience as a public servant and intellectual approach makes it a very valuable narrative. It builds on his earlier acclaimed works on law enforcement, politics and justice and is highly recommended as a text book.' —Dr. Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor of International Relations at NESA, National Defense University, Washington DC.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction- Structure and Design 2. Pakistan’s Predicament 3. Rule of Law and Superior Judiciary – An Overview 4. Criminal Justice Administration System 5. Political Parties, Army and Politics 6. Local Government 7. Civil Society 8. Terrorism and State Response 9. Socio-economic Scenario in Pakistan-A Story of Missed Opportunities 10. Conclusion – A Way Forward Appendices. Bibliography. Index