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The Impact of Abusive Constitutionalism on Democracy in Pakistan

Husnul Amin, Shafiq Qurban and Maryam Siddiqa
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Husnul Amin: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan.
Shafiq Qurban: Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Rawalpindi Law College, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.
Maryam Siddiqa: Lecturer, IRD, International Islamic University Islamabad, pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 46-54

Abstract: This research concerns the constitutional development in Pakistan with a specific reference to 21st Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. It is widely perceived among scholarly and semi-scholarly circles that the tendency of militarys direct intervention in politics; toppling democratically elected government has been declined for the last many decades across the world. According to the new trends, military interferes in the state affairs through indirect means. One of the indirect means includes abusive constitutionalism that involves constitutional amendment and constitutional replacement as mechanisms for constitutional change. The paper explores whether 21st Amendment to Constitution of Pakistan was an abusive constitutionalism that really empowered military to get a strong hold on key policy making areas of national interest during the democratic rule. The research concludes that the 21st Amendment was an abusive constitutionalism as it curtailed civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens and hence undermined democracy in Pakistan.

Keywords: Pakistan; 21st Amendment; Abusive constitutionalism; Democracy; Civil liberties. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.31703/gpr.2020(V-I).06

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