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

Pakistan

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.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

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. 

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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.