Federalism in Pakistan During Musharraf Regime

Ghulam Ali, Razia Musarrat, Muhammad Salman Azhar


After eleven years of democratic rule Pakistan once again went under military regime when Pervaiz Musharraf imposed emergency in the state by ousting the then elected Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif from his office and started ruling the country with the help of Military junta. This time military stepped in as an institution due to the wrong deeds of politicians. Pervaiz Musharraf declared himself Chief Executive of the state and tried to fulfill his own agenda. He amended the anti terrorism act to punish Nawaz Sharif. Basic pillar of federalism the judiciary remained under fire throughout his regime and Chief Justice of Pakistan was deposed from the office. Political activities and parties were banned. Powers were centralized in the name of devolution of powers. Constitution was abandoned and LFO was introduced to provide victory to the King’s party in an engineered elections. Musharraf jumped into war against terrorism and the whole country was facing bomb blasts and attacks of militants on official institutions of the state.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jpag.v2i4.3209

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