Pakistan Political System

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Democracy is a political system by which the citizens of a nation elect representatives to establish the laws and order of society on their behalf. The political systems of the United States and Pakistan, though both considered ‘democratic’, can be distinguished in many different aspects. Differences on the democratic spectrum between the United States and Pakistan can be found compared in their electoral systems, freedoms of the press, speech, and religious practice. The electoral systems of the United States and Pakistan differ to an extent. In Pakistan, the qualities an individual must possess in order to qualify for candidacy in a presidential race are that they practice the Muslim faith, are at least forty-five years of age, and that …show more content…
A person can run for office if they are a natural born citizen of the United States, at least thirty-five years of age, and a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years. Much like in Pakistan, candidates are not directly chosen by voters but rather through an Electoral College.Each state is assigned a number of Electoral College members equivalent to its number of members in the United States Senate and two for each Senator. With each elector receiving one vote, the candidate who receives 270 electoral votes is elected. Once a president assumes office, his term runs for four years and he can be re-elected only once, making the maximum number of years a President can stay in office …show more content…
According to an article recently published by Al-Jazeera, seventeen individuals are currently on death row on counts of blasphemy, with many others already having been assassinated by unknown assailants. This law is a clear violation of freedom of speech, and is especially dangerous for policy-makers in Pakistan who wish to make changes to the current law, as there is always a risk that they will be accused of blasphemy.The blasphemy law also ties into religious freedom in Pakistan, along with many other discriminatory laws that are targeted at religious minorities. Many times, individuals will be accused of blasphemy simply for practicing their own

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