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The role of Islam in the legal system of Pakistan is marked by diversity, complexity and uncertainty. The resort to Islamic law in the area of constitutional law was, however, caused primarily not by personal convictions but by legal expediency. It could be seen that in cases of constitutional breakdowns, references to Islam could offer legal continuity and stability. The permeation of the legal system with Islamic values led in the late 1980s and 1990s to both crisis and triumph. The crisis was caused by the determined efforts of significant sections of the higher judiciary to advance what they perceived to be a very sluggish pace of Islamisation. However, it can be concluded that irrespective of government intervention the future role of Islam is very much in the hands of Pakistan's judiciary.

Keywords: constitutional law; Islamisation; legal system; Pakistan's judiciary

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