Naya Pakistan: Rupture and Continuity

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, MGSHSS organised a Workshop titled "Naya Pakistan: Rupture and Continuity" on Friday, March 29, 2019

This workshop is the first in a planned series of events designed to critically understand Pakistan’s experience of democracy in light of the 2018 election and its aftermath. We hope to have a larger follow-up event in Fall, to offer a critical evaluation of the government’s first year in power.

(Featuring presentations by Dr. Asma Faiz, Dr. Hassan Javid, Dr. Sameen Mohsin, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, and Dr. Umair Javed)

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf stepped into power on a platform promising eradication of corruption, improved governance, and tabdeeli from the status quo. Given the content and context of its victory, and the period elapsed since then, it is pertinent to take stock of key facets that relate to Pakistan’s ongoing phase of democratization and the overall political sphere. The first concerns the trajectory of democracy itself, specifically in light of the 2018 general elections, which were characterized by the emergence of a new ruling party, and remained marred by allegations of heightened judicial and praetorian influence. Secondly, given that a period of 9 months has passed since the fateful election, it is worth interrogating the factors that led to the PTI’s victory (and the PML-N’s ouster), the rise or consolidation of new and old patterns of contestation and decision-making, and the trajectory undertaken since the party stepped into office last year.