The denial of the institutionalization of political power by various civilian as well as martial law regimes has been a constant problem in Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah was the first person who could do so in an effective manner, but his eternal departure in the early phase of the history of Pakistan changed the entire course of the country, and the successor leadership had to pursue self-serving politics just to prolong their rule. The same is the case with the rule of General Pervaiz Musharraf (1999-2008), which converted the parliamentary system envisaged by the 1973 constitution of Pakistan into a quasi-presidential system just to prolong the military dictatorship. The subsequent rule of the Pakistan Peoples' Party (2008-2013) was a tough period for the political leadership since the preceding dictatorship had completely altered the socio-political landscape of the country; however, the political wisdom of Mr. Asif Ali Zardari helped the country to sail smoothly during the aftershocks of the martial law regime. In that perspective, the current study intends to analyze the political developments in Pakistan during the third rule of the Pakistan Peoples' Party over the country during the period 2008-2013.
1-Kausar Shafiq Visiting Faculty Member, Department of Political Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Abdul Basit Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & IR, Government College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Ali Shan Shah Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & IR, Government College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Political Power, Institutionalization in Pakistan.