Since its inception, Pakistan has been in a state of crisis in leadership. This crisis is often attributed to the socio-cultural differences within the country, struggle for power and the early death of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah. A political vacuum created thereafter never got filled and repeated martial laws resulted into institutional breakdown. Governance in Pakistan has remained a weak link owing to a host of reasons. Where a plethora of internal inadequacies accentuated the problem, the external machination resultant of regional and global environment also impinged upon it considerably.
A candid introspection would reveal that political instability, weak political structure, repeated institutional breakdown, rampant corruption, inequitable financial resources, weak economy at macro level, feudal influence, ethno-religious/sectarian cleavages, disarrayed Human Resource Development, multi system education and in efficient judiciary have immensely impacted on the delicate fabric of governance.
Though the present government acknowledged this fact and kept it as the top agenda point for reforms, still a great stride is required to meet the acceptable standards. The system of local government initiated in the recent past is undergoing a transitional phase and will accrue requisite benefits in due time, if not hijacked by the feudal masters again. There is therefore, a dire need to candidly evaluate the causes of weak governance in Pakistan in correct perspective and formulate a reform strategy encompassing short and long term policy to ameliorate the existing state.