Pakistan’s Crisis of Legitimacy

Ballard, Roger

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Prepared for an Immigration Law Practioner's Association Conference, this paper explores the way in which the religious right has taken advantage of the doubtful legitimcay of Pakistan's success regimes, both civilian and military, to engineer itself into a position where it is able to mount a constant critique of state authority. In the course of so doing it has steadily undermine the capacity of civil institutions to challege its narrow, authoritarian, and in demographic terms largely unpopular agenda. As a result members of all those groups whose agendas differ from that of the neo-fundamentalists, especially in terms of gender and religion, currently find themselves under ever more vigorous attacks, from which the properly consituted authorities are either able or willing to offer them adequate protection.

Document type: Article
Date: 2007
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 24 February 2009
Faculties / Institutes: Organisations / Associations / Foundations > Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS)
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Pakistan, Minderheitenpolitik
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fundamentalismus, Minority Politics , Fundamentalism
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Series: Themen > CASAS Online Papers: Ethnic Plurality and Law
Volume: 6