Democracy and Political Development in Pakistan Essay

3250 Words Jan 28th, 2010 13 Pages
Thesis statement
Due to the continuous political instability and recurring military interventions in decision making, Pakistan is far from witnessing a healthy and democratic political system in the near future.
On the international scene, states have been struggling to obtain their independence and sovereignty. But the biggest threat that arises after accomplishing independence is the way the government rules, the standards it follows and the goals it sets. This is when a new journey begins where the government searches for the best system that suits the country and satisfies the different sections of its population.
Most of the states adopt democracy to be the dominant process in politics. But each state has its own
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General Zia-ul-Haq took over on July 5, 1977 and he started a new process of Islamization because he wanted to make Pakistan a “citadel of Islam” where he could be allowed to play a respectable and prominent role not only for his own state but to the entirety of the Islamic world . In his first statement to the nation, General Zia announced that he will enforce Islamic laws and his deep attention would be focused on establishing an “Islamic society for which Pakistan was created” . He wanted to bring the social, legal, economic and political institutions of the country in conformity with the Islamic teachings, values, customs and principles in order to make it possible for the people of Pakistan to live their lives in compliance with Islam . He started by creating an Islamic Parliament to be the Pakistani parliament instead of the General Assembly, in addition to imposing other islamization programs such as making the teachings of Islamic studies and Arabic compulsory He eradicated non Islamic practices and he helped needy people through a welfare program called “Zakat” except for the Shiites who did not benefit from any help due to their own and different religious beliefs . Eventually, the number of mosques increased in Pakistan and for the first time punishments by the Holy Koran we applied on the use of liquor and theft… starting from prison and in some cases reaching death penalty by stoning .
The Islamic rules of Zia also included women. In

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