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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 3-04
Political Confusion and Legal System in Pakistan


Especially since the suspension of the chief justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Choudhary by the Musharraf government in 2007, Pakistan has been experiencing political upheaval. Although Musharraf declared a State of Emergency and suspended fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, finally, he had to resign in 2008. Even after that, Pakistan remained unstable politically. In this process, many constitutional and legal arguments have been put forward. For example, the newly formed coalition government was dissolved within a year because of internal disagreement over the amendment of the Constitution concerning the reinstatement of judges. Also, political conflicts between the executive and the judiciary shed light on the constitutional setting of power conferred on each branch of the government. With this background, this research project studies and examines the various aspects of the constitutional and legal system of Pakistan, which is an important underlying condition in the ongoing political confusion.


2009/5 - 2009/11


Members of the Research Project

SATO Hajime
ASANO Nobuyuki (Associate professor, Department of Human and Social Sciences, Osaka Ohtani University)
ODA Hisaya (Associate Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)


The final outcome will be published as a Current Affairs Report (in Japanese) in February, 2010.