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What is Democracy? Challenges for Democracy in Pakistan

Fozia Bibi, Sumbal Jameel and Syed Umair Jalal
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Fozia Bibi: PhD scholar,National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Sumbal Jameel: Research Scholar, Department of Political Science,Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KP, Pakistan.
Syed Umair Jalal: MPhil Scholar,Department of Political Sciences,University of Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2018, vol. 3, issue 1, 66-75

Abstract: This article aims to explore what democracy is and what are the key tools for the success of democracy. Democracy is a famous form of government in contemporary world politics. There are few key characteristics of true democracy, for instance; free and fair elections, the role of media, education, judiciary, political parties, and religious tolerance, etc. Pakistan has experienced authoritative and democratic forms of government since independence. Many democratic governments have governed the country but despite that politicians in Pakistan could not provide the basic facilities of life to the general public. Lack of timely, free and fair elections, the gap between political elite and public, martial-laws, civil-military relations, lack of education and awareness in the general public are some key hurdles in the success of democracy. Therefore, for the success of democracy in Pakistan, it is also necessary to improve these tools.

Keywords: Democracy; Education; Media; Judiciary; Religious Freedom; Tolerance. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.31703/gpr.2018(III-I).07

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