African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 402

Full Length Research Paper

Federalism constraints and opportunity in Pakistan

Azmat Ali Shah
Department of Political Science, Sindh University Jamshoroo, Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 June 2011
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


This paper made an effort to examine the constitutional fundamentals of federalism in Pakistan. Its focal point is on the major constitutional developments made in Pakistan for the promotion of federalism, by examining the problems faced by federalism. This is because of the fact that the federal form of government is more proper for those societies which are diverse in nature. A greater part of the societies in Pakistan consist of diverse ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups. If the mixture of these groups is not combined by a viable political system, the endurance of the particular society may be at risk.


Key words: Federalism, Pakistan, constitutional development, problems.