With the adoption of its Constitution in 1956, Pakistan became an ‘Islamic, Federal, Parliamentary Republic.’ The Constitution of 1956 was abrogated in 1958 following a coup, and in 1962 the new Constitution was again abrogated, and power given to the Army. In 1973, a new Constitution was endorsed and Article 1 of the 1973 Constitution declares Pakistan to be ‘a Federal Republic to be known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.’ Islam is the state religion under Article 2, and a parliamentary system of governance was introduced. Article 25(2) of the Constitution states, ‘There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex alone’ – however, Article 26(2) observes that ‘Nothing in clause (1) shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.

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Year Link
Date of Signature  N/A
Date of Ratification/Accession 12 Mar 1996 (a)
Initial, Second and Third Reporting Cycle   
State Party’s Report 2005 Click here.
Concluding Observations 2007 Click here.
Fourth Reporting Cycle  
State Party’s Report   2011 Click here.
Concluding Observations 2013 Click here.
Follow-up Report 2015 Click here.
Shadow Report 2012 Click here.
Shadow Report 2013 Click here.

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