Pakistan: Quest for Democracy Essay

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….remember that you are now a Sovereign Legislative body and you have got all the powers. It, therefore, places on you the gravest responsibility as to how you should take your decisions.

These were the words of father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during his address to the first constituent assembly of Pakistan on 11 August 1947.
In his speech Quaid-e-Azam described the basic principle underlying the concept of Democracy i.e the parliament is the highest institution in a democracy and so would be the case in the country he had found (at least this is what he visualized for Pakistan).

Quaid-e-Azam did whatever he could in the short span of life he got after Pakistan’s birth,so the responsibility of driving the
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Hence the outcome of this so much political turbulence is that Democracy which our founder had longed to be the system of government in Pakistan never got the chance to flourish as the elected governments have always been falling short of consistency and most importantly the chance to complete term.

Another very important factor which has discredited democracy in Pakistan is the failure of democratically elected governments to deliver, so democracy in itself and as a system could not get much popularity and space in the minds of the common people. The political parties whether they be regional or national render inconsistency of democratic rule and the failure to complete respective terms to be the root cause behind the non deliverability of democratic governments. But whatever it be people still remember the reigns of military dictators like Pervaiz Musharraf and Zia-ul-Haq and the ease( that’s what many of them believe it to be) associated with them. Undoubtedly and simply the factor behind this which makes a common Pakistani to believe so is the economic condition of the country in their times which effects his ability to run his family.
It should be of interest that, in Pakistan traditionally common middle and lower middle class families have not been much concerned as to whether there is democracy or not at any point in time, the most important thing which concerns them is

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