After seventy years of its tumultuous existence, Pakistan is a nuclear
state, imploding with terrorism and extremism with centrifugal forces
pulling it apart. What is its future?
To find an answer, the Author delves into political and economic events
of over 150 years time-frame between May, 1857 and present day. He draws
some independent conclusion from the empirical research different from
other authors. He links Pakistan’s present predicament to them.
He argues that independence of India and its division into two states-
India and Pakistan- on 14th/15th August, 1947 owed largely to rival
interests of U.S.A and U.K following the Second World War and only
little to indigenous struggle for independence. The Author further
argues that despite forecasts of Pakistan’s early demise, it became a
viable and functional state within few years of its existence on account
of dedication, honesty and hard work of its early leadership of Jinnah
and Liaquat. Thereafter, the country lost its moorings under subsequent
leaders to embrace its present existential crisis.
He is of the view that the course of the events in Pakistan was largely
determined by the international power politics. With its weak status and
absence of a strong leadership, international actors will continue to
buffet Pakistan’s destiny and determine where it lands in future unless a
strong leadership emerges to change its course.
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