Essay On Democracy In Pakistan

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Democracy is defined as government of the people, for the people and by the people. But under the state of Pakistan “people” becomes a fairly relative term. Article 25 of the constitution guarantees the equality of all citizens. However In reality perhaps the only equal citizen, who claims the numerous rights prescribed by the state, is the MSM (the male Sunni Muslim). In addition to the articles given in the constitution, it appears that the MSM has also acquired the right to feel threatened by the differences; whether real or imagined of his fellow citizens and persecute them for this perceived threat. We live in a country where the tender egos rule supreme. In a state, which in its first 60 years has seen less than 4 decades of actual democratic government it is not surprising that civilian institutions are still in their infancy. Ayn Rand once said that “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities…show more content…
The tender hearts of the MSM, cannot bear a slight upon the family name. And because Pakistan prescribes to Shariah law, thevictims family, which is more often than not also the murder’s, can choose to forgive the assailant and settle without trial. A nation of women, sacrified, in the name of homour, religion and every other noble thought ever prescribed. In one of the most publicized honour killing cases committed in Pakistan, Samia Sarwar was murdered by her family in the Lahore office of well-known human rights activists Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani in April 1999. As Sarwar sought assistance for a divorce from her abusive first cousin, her family arranged her murder after the shame felt in her attempt to marry a man of her choice. The police did not make any arrests or pursue prosecution as Sarwar's family is highly well known in elite, political

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