Future of Democracy in Pakistan
I. Quaidâ€™s vision of Democracy
II. United Nations and democracy
Â· United Nations Democratic Fund
Â· UN charter endorses democracy
Â· Article 21 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlights democratic values
III. Democratic states-a universal standard form of human society
IV. Origin of democracy
V. Contribution of different cultures for evolution of democracy
VI. Varieties of democracy
VII. Islam and democracy
Â· Islamic form of government is close to democracy
Â· Islamic democracy slightly differs from western secular ...view middle of the document...
Impact of failure of democracy:
Â· Fanned separatist movements
Â· Economic deterioration
Â· Failure to form independent foreign policy
Â· Weaker government institutes
Â· Writ of the government is not all encompassing
iv. Steps for restoration of true form of democracy:
Â· Military should stop interference
Â· Reformation of the judiciary
Â· Mature political leadership
Â· Abolition of 'Jagirdari' and feudal Systems
Â· Provide opportunities to common man to being elected as parliamentarian
Â· Strengthen public institutions
Â· Keep the constitution intact
Â· Educate the masses
Â· Media should play a positive role
Â· International community should help to strengthen democratic system
Â· Will and determination of all the stakeholders
Â· Democracy-the only remedy
Â· True democracy is the panacea for Pakistan
Â· The future of democracy may seem bleak but through determination it can be made bright
â€œCheshire-Puss,â€ Alice beganâ€¦ â€ would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?â€ â€œThat depends a good deal on where you want to go,â€ said the Cat. â€œI donâ€™t much care where.â€ said Alice. â€œThen it doesnâ€™t matter much which way you goâ€¦ â€ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had envisioned the newly independent Muslim stateâ€™s foreign policy to be of â€œpeace with all, and enmity with noneâ€
Functionally, the Quaidâ€™s also expected the nationâ€™s irrevocable commitment to the ideals of democracy, pluralism, market economy, social justice, communal harmony and egalitarian order. He visualized a Pakistan that would be stable politically and strong economically where its people could live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from the fear of violence, oppression and injustice, and where they and their future generations could also live free from hunger, disease, and illiteracy.
The Quaidâ€™s vision woefully remains unfulfilled. What a tragedy and an irony that a country which on its birth was considered â€œtwentieth century miracleâ€ of a state should today be struggling for a place among the â€œpeaceful nationsâ€ of the world. For more than half a century, Pakistan has been wallowing in political and economic uncertainty and has had neither domestic stability nor peaceful borders. Its post-independence political history is replete with endemic crises and challenges that perhaps no other country in the world has experienced.
We as a nation have not only failed to grapple with these challenges but are in fact living remorselessly with these problems as an â€œintegralâ€ part of our society. Governments and the Assemblies have been part of the problem rather than...