Pakistan has a Federal Republic government. This means that the powers of the central government are restricted and in the component parts retain a degree of self government. The ultimate sovereign power rests with the voters who choose their governmental representatives. Pakistan’s executive branch consists of a chief of state and the head of state. The chief of state, which is the president, is Asif Ali Zardari. The head of government, which is the prime minister, is Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. Their government also consists of a cabinet which is appointed by the president upon the advice of the prime minister. They have a bicameral parliament which consists of the Senate (100 members) and the National Assembly (342 members). Pakistan also has a Supreme Court. Political parties are mainly influenced on military action. Everyone 18 years of age is eligible to vote. The country’s capitol is Islamabad.
In Pakistan there are many attacks on the home front. They are currently in conflict with India. This has been an ongoing process over the portion of land called Kashmir. Pakistan has always been trying to gain control of this area and is always pursuing to dominate India. Internal conflict, though, involves the action of political rulers. Some parties support terrorist activities and others are against. This causes much conflict because Pakistan has active Taliban and Al-Qaeda members on their grounds. The Pakistani government denies that its intelligence agency has supported the Islamic militants, despite many contradictory reports. Not all citizens support this terrorist activity, although some citizens happily help the Al-Qaeda take refuge. The United States considers Pakistan one of the most important partners in the war on terrorism. This is because Pakistan plays a major role in dangerous terrorist activity.
Pakistan is home to 60 nuclear warheads. These warheads are currently unassembled. The country has no stated nuclear...