Pakistan holds regular elections under a competitive multiparty political system. However, the military exerts enormous influence over security and other policy issues, intimidates the media, and enjoys impunity for indiscriminate or extralegal use of force. The authorities impose selective restrictions on civil liberties, and Islamist militants carry out attacks on religious minorities and other perceived opponents.
Freedom in the World — Pakistan Country Report
Pakistan is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
- 2019 Pakistan Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
Freedom on the Net— Pakistan Country Report
Pakistan is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
Internet Freedom in Asia Hits Unprecedented Low opens in new tab
December 2, 2019
How Tax Evasion and Other Financial Schemes Undermine Democracy opens in new tab
July 3, 2019
With New Members, the UN Human Rights Council Goes from Bad to Worse opens in new tab
November 19, 2018
A Fading Opportunity to Protect Internet Freedom in Pakistan opens in new tab
March 13, 2015
Freedom in the World 2015: Freedom declines for ninth year opens in new tab
January 27, 2015