Past in Perspective

2017-12-30T23:14:44+05:00

“Despite huge political and social changes

that have occurred over the last 60 years,

electoral politics in Pakistan has

remained largely a family enterprise.”

–Zahid Hussain

Pakistani democracy has inherited the dynastic politics in the form of Bhutto and Sharif family. Despite many efforts to get rid of this phenomenon, the familial politics is becoming a permanent part of Pakistani politics. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf portrayed itself as a political party that was against the dynastic politics. However, now it appears that the PTI is also becoming a part of the wider dynastic politics in Pakistan by nominating Ali Tareen as the candidate for NA-154.

One may argue that the political milieu of Pakistan is such that the country is not mature enough to accommodate the ideological parties; therefore, the dynastic politics fill the political void because otherwise there would be a vacuum of political leadership.

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