The Constitution: The country's current Constitution is its third
and took effect on August14, 1973. It has however undergone modification
from time to time and is currently operational under a Legal Framework
Order with a National Security Council in place.
Head of the State: General Pervez Musharraf, President and Chief
of Army Staff.
Head of Government: Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Prime Minister
The Government: The present Government following the 2002-03 elections
is a coalition led by the Muslim League (Q) with support from various
Islamic parties primarily grouped together under the MMA. The legislature
There are four provinces, namely, Punjab, Sind, the
North West Frontier Province and Baluchistan. The first two have ML (Q)
Governments and the two smaller provinces are under the MMA.
Judiciary: The judiciary includes the Supreme Court, provincial
high courts, and other lesser courts exercising civil and criminal jurisdiction.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is appointed by the president;
the other Supreme Court judges are appointed by the President in consultation
with the Chief Justice.
There is also a Federal Shariat Court consisting
of eight Muslim judges, including a Chief Justice appointed by the President.
Three of the judges are ulema or scholars well versed in Islamic law.
The Federal Shariat Court has both original and appellate jurisdiction.
Chief Election Commissioner:Irshad Hasan Khan