Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Constitutional Crisis, Democracy and Islam

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The fragility of the post-martial law democratic process was, however, quickly exposed when President Zia-ul-Haq, to everybody's surprise, dismissed Junejo's government on 29 May 1988 under Article 58(2)(b) of the 1973 Constitution. The second use of Article 58(2)(b) occurred when President Ghulam Ishaq dismissed Benazir Bhutto's government in August 1990. On 18 April 1993, Nawaz Sharif's government was dismissed under Article 58(2)(b). In the end, the Supreme Court refused to reinstate Benazir Bhutto's government because the facts supported the grounds given by the President to justify the dismissal. It seems that all parties had by then accepted that the President was indeed entitled to dismiss a democratically elected government in circumstances of national crisis rather than see a complete breakdown of the constitutional machinery. The legality of the coup d'état and its consequences was the subject of the case of Zafar Ali Shah v. Pervez Musharraf, Chief Executive.

Keywords: Benazir Bhutto's government; constitutional crisis; coup d'état; Junejo's government; Nawaz Sharif's government; post-martial law democratic process



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Role of Islam in the Legal System of Pakistan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation