Beyond the Barracks: Exploring the Profound Reasons behind Military Intrusion in Politics of Pakistan


  • Fazeelat Razzaq Lecturer & PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan



Civil Institutions, Institutional Autonomy, Legitimacy, Military Intervention, Political Affairs


This research article examines the complex factors that have led to the persistent involvement of Pakistan’s military in political affairs of the state. This intrusion, which has shaped Pakistan's history since its independence in 1947, cannot be solely attributed to the ambitions of power-hungry generals. Instead, the article argues that it stems from a combination of structural and historical factors. This paper employed a qualitative research methodology while utilizing a critical analysis of historical documents and political discourse. However, the study suggests that there are factors behind military intrusion including Pakistan's weak and fragmented civilian institutions, the military's dominant role in national security, and the country's tumultuous political landscape. The article also highlights the impact of external factors, such as regional conflicts and Cold War dynamics, in shaping the relationship between the military and civilian authorities in Pakistan. By providing a nuanced analysis of the underlying causes of military intervention, the study offer recommendations to reduce the risk of military intrusion in Pakistani politics by strengthening democratic institutions, reforming the military for increased accountability, educating the populace on the risks of military intervention, fostering a culture of tolerance and dialogue while discouraging extremism, and establishing a national consensus on the military's role in a democratic society.





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Razzaq, F. (2024). Beyond the Barracks: Exploring the Profound Reasons behind Military Intrusion in Politics of Pakistan. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 8(2), 273–284.