Of culture of constitutionalism

I. A. Rehman   There is no culture of constitutionalism in Pakistan, and this is the biggest cause of the country‚Äôs failure to establish an enduring system of democratic governance. A culture of constitutionalism can briefly be defined as a political creed, voluntarily followed by the custodians of state power, the parties /elements in opposition […]

Culture of Constitutionalism

Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed While a constitution embodies the terms of the social contract which the people of a country become a part of, constitutionalism represents the manner in which a constitution is implemented, accepted, responded to, and made use of in the society. Moreover, while the merit of a constitution lies in how appropriately […]

Pakistan’s Constitution: A Story of Betrayal

Hussain Naqi The betrayal of the rights of citizens has been the culture of constitutionalism in Pakistan since the country’s inception. The leading (sic.) role of depriving citizens of rule of law, after independence from colonial rule, was played by the civil-military dominated establishment in connivance with clerics and judiciary, at the highest level, which […]

Identity, Religion and the Constitution

Muhammad Badar Alam Political systems are defined by the theories they are based on, as much as the quality and/or the nature of political practices in those systems. The difference between political theory and political practices explains why two sates based on the same political premise may still have political systems unlike each other. Saudi […]

Culture of constitutionalism in Pakistan

Wajahat Masood It was fortunate that by the time the British Crown assumed the direct control of India in 1858, the Great Britain had scaled a larger part of her journey into constitutionalism. In fact, Britain was considered foremost among the nations of Europe as far as broader features of governance were concerned. The very […]

Constitution as user-manual of statecraft

Dr. Haider Nizamani Why should there be a concern with the constitution in a country where the military regimes have suspended, tampered with, and, in one case, drafted constitutions? The modern day constitutions are user-manuals for states. User Manuals are enclosed with electronic and other mechanical products for good reasons-they are to become the document […]