Vol. 6 No. 4 (2023): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs
Articles

CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONSHIP IN PAKISTAN DURING THE ELECTED REGIME OF PML - N (2013-2018)

Published 2023-12-20

Abstract

Pakistan's seventy-five-year history has been marked by turbulent civil-military ties, resulting in many military dictatorships. The smooth transfer of power between two democratically elected civilian administrations in May 2013 represented a significant milestone since it was the first instance of such a transition between two civilian governments. The Pakistan army perceives itself as the guardian of the nation, responsible for safeguarding the nation from both internal and external threats. During his 2013 election campaign, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to play a more prominent role in military and security matters, traditionally under the purview of the military. This research study focuses on the dynamics of civilmilitary relations during the third term of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz administration, spanning from 2013 to 2018. An analysis has been conducted on significant events that have caused disagreements between the civilian government and the powerful military. The purpose of this analysis is to gain insight into the kind of regime and to assess the effectiveness of the elected government in asserting its constitutional authority in the face of a powerful military. The study aims to analyze civil-military interactions from 2013 to 2018 using qualitative content analysis. It focuses on major political events reported by national print and electronic media.