Role of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Democracy in Pakistan: A Complex Legacy

Authors

  • Dr. Sapna Mumtaz Senior Research Fellow, Lahore Institute for Research and Analysis (LIRA)-The University of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Muhammed Ashraf Zahoor M. Phil Scholar, Department of Politics & IR, Lahore Leads University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Ghulam Yasin M. Phil Scholar, Department of Politics & IR, Lahore Leads University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)53

Keywords:

Authoritarianism, Corruption, Democracy, Dominant Force, Government, PML N, Political Landscape, Political Party, Punjab

Abstract

The chief aim of this research paper is to examine the relationship between the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and democracy in Pakistan. The PML-N has been a dominant force in Pakistani politics since its inception, playing a significant role in shaping the country's democratic landscape. The party has held power for extended periods, often clashing with other political factions and the military establishment. While its commitment to democratic principles has been a cornerstone of its ideology, the PML-N's success has also been marked by controversies related to corruption, nepotism, and institutional manipulation. This qualitative research employed the case study approach via secondary sources to investigate the connection between the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and democracy in Pakistan. The study suggest that this complex association has been characterized by periods of stability, progress, and turmoil, ultimately impacting the country's political development in profound ways. Further, the study evaluates that While the PML-N has contributed to democratic institutions through electoral participation and governance, its tenure has also been marred by allegations of undermining the judiciary and engaging in undemocratic practices. The party's focus on economic development has been widely praised, but criticism of its handling of national security and foreign policy remains a point of contention. Ultimately, the PML-N's impact on Pakistan's democratic journey is a nuanced story, highlighting both its positive contributions and its inherent contradictions within the country's tumultuous political landscape. However, for a vibrant democracy in Pakistan, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) should prioritize strengthening institutions, upholding the rule of law, and promoting inclusive dialogue and consensus-building.

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Published

2024-06-22

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Mumtaz, S., Zahoor, M. A., & Yasin, G. (2024). Role of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Democracy in Pakistan: A Complex Legacy. Pakistan Social Sciences Review, 8(2), 609–617. https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)53