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The article explores the idea of praetorianism, a phenomenon marked by the military's excessive meddling in domestic politics, and its consequences for Pakistan. This theoretical investigation seeks to illuminate the complex forces that have shaped Pakistan's political landscape from its foundation by drawing on a wealth of literature on civil-military relations and historical case studies. The paper starts off with a thorough discussion of praetorianism, pointing out its salient characteristics and regional forms. It looks at how military establishments frequently become significant players, interfering with civil governance and undermining democratic procedures. The paper then dives into Pakistan's historical background, chronicling its ongoing battles with praetorianism. The military routinely intervenes in politics in Pakistan, ostensibly to protect national security or rectify perceived governance shortcomings. Pakistan has seen numerous military coups. The political stability, economic growth, and civil society of Pakistan have all been significantly and permanently impacted by these initiatives. The article also explores the effects of praetorianism on Pakistan's socioeconomic advancement, rule of law, and democratic consolidation. It looks at how the alternating periods of military and civilian administration have hampered the development of strong democratic institutions and weakened the notion of civic authority.

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1Ph.D. Scholar of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan,

2Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan


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