Performance of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security

Civil-Military Relations

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Publication No: CMR-054

Rs 3,000  

The Citizens Report on the Performance of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security covers the period of March 2011-March 2012. Prepared by PILDAT, the report closely examines the publicly-available data on the work of the Parliamentary Committee which was formed as a result of a joint Parliamentary resolution in November 2008. This report has been prepared under the overall objective of strengthening Parliamentary oversight on defence and national security in Pakistan. This report is a continuation of the analysis prepared by PILDAT for the past 3 years titled Performance of the Parliamentary Committees of Defence and National Security: March 15, 2008 – March 15, 2011 (May 2011). PILDAT is mindful of the fact that the democratic institutions like the Parliament and Parliamentary committees have not developed over the years due to repeated military interventions and long spells of autocratic or semi-autocratic regimes led by military. This citizens review, therefore, is meant to assist the Parliament in its oversight functions. The objective of the report is not to offer a critique of the work of the committee but to analyse the performance in the backdrop of peculiar security needs of Pakistan and the role Parliament is playing in respect to defining and influencing policy and principles of national security.

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