Journey of continuous democratic struggle helped Pakistan reach consensus on federalism

September 26, 2013 

Islamabad: Seeking the opportunity to share global and regional experiences, and to highlight and develop a way forward in promoting participatory federalism and decentralisation in Pakistan, the Inter-University Consortium on the Promotion of Social Sciences, the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, the Forum of Federations, the Higher Education Commission, Social Sciences and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan jointly organised an International Conference ‘“Participatory Federalism and Decentralization: From Framework to Functionality’, says a press release.

Participatory federalism and decentralisation are becoming increasingly decisive topic as the pillars of Pakistan’s democratic transition, especially against the backdrop of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. This Amendment was passed unanimously in both Houses of the parliament and is a rare example of political consensus in the country. There are 28 federal countries in the world today, which represent 40 per cent of the world’s population. They include some of the largest and most complex democracies — India, the US, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany and Mexico.