Constitutional Basis of
Local Government in Pakistan
There is growing evidence to show the link between development and local government. Once again, the Covid crisis underlined the need for local government; it showed that non-traditional security threats had to be addressed by strengthening the governance and institutional structures. Almost whole of Pakistan witnessed orders of executive civilian officers for lockdowns with little or no community ownership and poor level of enforcement. The enforcement was essentially criminal in nature and required coercive actions on the part of local police. The community-led lockdowns involving government support were not witnessed at all. In this context, there is good case to study the relationship between local government and the Constitution of Pakistan. This write-up will try to briefly trace the constitutional basis of local government system in topical manner.
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