The Constitution of Pakistan has promised freedom of expression to its citizens. That right has further been reaffirmed by Pakistan’s accession to international conventions and treaties. However, the country has a chequered history when it comes to the exercise of those rights.
Intolerance towards dissent started shortly after Pakistan came into existence, but the problem became more pronounced during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship. Instead of those wrongs being corrected by the subsequent democratically elected governments, the problem kept on getting complicated and the freedom of expression continued to be curtailed…. Read More