Historical Narration Of Federalism In Pakistan

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Dr. Shamila Tabssum , Dr. Ghulam Mustafa , Dr. Uzma Niaz , Dr. Sadaf Mahmood , Dr. Muhammad Shabbir


Federalism is a form of government in which powers are divided between the central government for the whole country and government for the parts of the country, better known as federal units. It’s a common exiting form government and it is more suitable for those societies which are heterogeneous in character.  Dicey said that acceptable distribution of powers between the centre and units is an essential feature of the federalism. Pakistan fulfill minimum requirement of federalism-e. a written constitution, division of powers with constitutional guarantees for provincial autonomy, two tiers of governments, institutional infrastructure for dealing with shared goals and participatory political process. Due to monopoly of centre numerous disputes emerged in the country but 18th amendment made in 2010, in which powers were devolved by giving political autonomy to the provinces of the country to mitigate the grievances of the smaller units. The purpose of this research is to narrate a historical evidence from Pakistan’s federal history. Along with this, the article also sheds light on the implementation of 18th amendment and presents a complete comparative of 8th and 18th amendment.

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