ESSAY: Democracy and Judicial Conflict in Pakistan – with Outline and Conclusion

Democratic tradition is rooted deep in history. Ancient Greeks of the times of Aristotle and Plato revolted against the prevalent autocratic rule of kings and modelled their city states of Rome, Athens, Sparta, and Carthage as islands of democracy. The United States of America, during its formative years, adopted democratic form of govemment. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1863), defined it as ”Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” But his democracy, in due course of time, was to work under powerful Presidents who sometimes violated people’s mandate to take independent decisions. In recent history, George Bush, after the incident of 9/11, invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, against popular opinion. In Britain, the democratic setup worked under a constitutional monarchy.

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Democratic tradition is rooted deep in history. Ancient Greeks of the times of Aristotle and Plato revolted against the prevalent autocratic rule of kings and modelled their city states of Rome, Athens, Sparta, and Carthage as islands of democracy. The United States of America, during its formative years, adopted democratic form of govemment. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1863), defined it as ”Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” But his democracy, in due course of time, was to work under powerful Presidents who sometimes violated people’s mandate to take independent decisions. In recent history, George Bush, after the incident of 9/11, invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, against popular opinion. In Britain, the democratic setup worked under a constitutional monarchy. There too Prime Minister Tony Blair toed the line of US President against strong protests of his people. In other developed countries, the system has been adopted with minor variations. However, near —- perfect democracy has come to stay in only 25 out of about 200 countries of the world. In underdeveloped countries, in particular, democracy exists by name only. There, the nexuses of feudal and elitist classes have taken the place of the kings, the dictators and the despots. People are only used as tools to help these influential people to come to power. Once in the saddle, they forget all about the people and indulge in their favourite game of corruption and pastime of looting, plundering the country in the name of democracy. This is what is happening in today’s Pakistan.


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