People in Lahore Pakistan. Editorial credit:  M Selcuk Oner /


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.

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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. 

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.