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Pakistan a Modern History by Ian Talbot - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online. pdf. Review: 'PAKISTAN: A NEW HISTORY'. By Ian Talbot (London, ) the book under review presents the history of Pakistan of the last six decades. In Pakistan: A New History, Ian Talbot presents a comprehensive text which in chronological order, addressing their trials and tribulations in depth. Talbot.

J It is necessary for a nation to have one language and that language can only be Urdu and no other language. Attempts at strengthening Urdu as part of the nation-building enterprise proved counterproductive as was demonstrated most clearly in East Bengal.

Even after , as Table 1. In fact Balochi existed only as an oral language until after independence and was widely regarded as a dialect of Persian. P From the s onwards it was established as a literary. Zaheer, The Separation of East Pakistan: This decision, which alienated Bengalis, was taken because of the symbolic role it had acquired in the growth of Muslim separatism in India.

Its relationship with the regional languages can be further examined in Y. Mitha, 'Linguistic Nationalism in Pakistan: Thesis, University of Sussex, Ahmed, 'Identity and Ideology in Pakistan: Jahani, 'Poetry and Politics: Titus ed.

In the early s Urdu finally emerged as a major political rallying point, but for a mohajir ethnic identity rather than Pakistani nationalism. Rahman, 'Language and Politics in a Pakistan Province: The Sindhi language Movement', Asian Survey 35, no. Language has formed an important element in Sindhi identity, along with territory and cultural traditions relating to dress - especially the wearing of the ajrak shawl of Sindhi design , poetry and Sufism.

Indeed it was Sufi poems kafi which helped to establish linguistic traditions, despite their ancient origins. During the era of British rule Sindhi was standardised in the Arabic script, formerly having also been written in Nagri and Gurumukhi. Sindhi is today the most developed regional language in Pakistan. As befits a Muslim state created in the name of religion, Islam has exerted a major influence on Pakistani politics.

What has been more striking is its divisive impact. Sectarian violence has become endemic in parts of Punjab. In order to make sense of the complex interaction between Islam and Pakistani politics, it is necessary to understand the conflicting Islamic ideological responses to the eighteenth-century decline of Muslim power in north India. Islamic revivalism owes its roots to the writings of Shah Waliullah although modern Islamist understanding was formulated by Syed Abul Ala Maududi Both of these themes will be outlined here, in preparation for a fuller treatment in later chapters.

We can broadly identify four major responses to the crisis brought on by the loss of Muslim political power and the rise of an alien Christian rule. These are modernism, reformism, traditionalism and Islamism, often called fundamentalism. The institutions and ideas which they forged during the colonial era continue to profoundly influence Pakistani society and politics, as does their history of confrontation.

During the Zia era this was intensified as well as externalised towards the Shia and non-Muslim minorities. The modernist reformism of the Aligarh movement possessed a twofold aim; first to encourage Muslims to engage with Western scientific thought and second to reconcile the Islamic concept of the sovereignty of God with the nation state.

The Pakistan demand was thus very much an Aligarh enterprise. It was opposed by both Deobandi reformists and Jamaat-i-Islami supporters.

The former were not prepared to compromise Islamic law by modernist reasoning and understanding, although they were in many cases unconcerned with the politics of the colonial state. Islamists were opposed to the creation of Pakistan, seeing the establishment of a secular Muslim nation-state as blasphemous.

Their disquiet had been increased by Jinnah's incorporation of the notion of discretion in choosing between Islamic law and customary law during the passage of the Muslim Personal Law Bill in the Central Legislature in Even at this juncture however the perpetual disunity in the ranks of the 'ulama undermined their attempts to transform Pakistan into an 'ideological state'.

In addition to the Sunni-Shia divide, 17 there has always. From the outset, it emphasised education and scriptualism. See B. Metcalf, Islamic revival in British India: Deoband, Princeton, Smith ed. The former uphold the 'traditional' Islam of pir and shrine, the latter represent the orthodox revivalist movement which aimed at purifying Indian Islam from such 'un-Islamic' practices.

The Barelvis, unlike the Deobandis hud unequivocally supported the Pakistan movement. Unlike the n it distanced itself from the Zia regime from the outset. Both modernists and those steeped in Sufi tradition have expressed hostility to attempts to create a 'mullahocracy' in Pakistan. The uneducated and hypocritical mullah has emerged as a stereotype in Pakistani literature and in the folklore of the region.

The pirs' popular religious influence, however, provides them with immense moral and temporal authority, and many have also acquired large landholdings. Their inlluence is rooted in the belief that they have inherited baraka religious charisma believed to be transmitted by a saint to his descendants and his shrine from their ancestors - the Sufi saints who since the eleventh century had played a major role in the region's conversion to Islam.

Relations between the 'ulama, the custodians of Islamic orthodoxy, lind the pirs have been uneasy. The reformist 'ulama of the Deobandi lind Ahl-i-Hadith movements from the second half of the nineteenth century onwards unequivocally condemned the 'un-Islamic' practices of saint worship at the shrines.

While one should not exaggerate the differences between pirs and 'ulama - an individual could be both an Islamic scholar and a mystic - the two groups have clashed both religiously and in their attitude to the role of Islam in the state.

The Deobandi alim Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani was a notable exception. His followers supported the Pakistan demand through the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-i-Islam which was founded in Calcutta in November Akhtar, 'Pakistan Since Independence: The Political role of the Ulema', unpubJ.

The Pirs! Talbot, Punjab and the Raj, New Delhi, The mass mobilisation of Muslims in would not have been possible without the support of the pirs. The 'ulama lacked th.

Ayub Khan, despite his modernist outlook, sought their support because they provided religious fire-breaks from the incandescent attacks of Islamist groups and parties such as the JI. The pirs grouped in the J amiat-i-Mashaikh threw their weight behind him in the presidential elections. The biraderi brotherhood, kinship group forms an important locus of political authority especially in the central areas of the Punjab.

Patrilineal descent lies at the heart of the biraderi as a social institution although its boundaries vary with marriage connections, bonds of reciprocal obligation and political structures. Biraderi solidarity has appeared strongest among independent peasant proprietors, although 'tribal' and landed elites deploy its idiom for political mobilisation. Indeed since the colonial era, biraderi identity has played a crucial role in local electoral politics.

Although the Muslim League stressed an Islamic identity which transcended the primordial allegiance to the biraderi, it could not ignore its political salience in the Punjab elections which held the key to the creation of Pakistan. V Biraderi influence has continued since independence because of weak party institutionalisation in the localities. Its high point was in fact reached in the 'partyless' elections.

However, the unequal rural power relationships inherent in the feudal system have, in the eyes of some scholars, been even more int1uential in shaping Pakistani politics than Islam or biraderi loyalties.

A vast economic and social gulf exists between the landholding elite and the rural masses. Indeed the continued power of the feudal elite. Only Pir Taunsa supported Fatima Jinnah who opposed him in the election.

See S. Donnan and P. Werbner eds , Economy and Culture in Pakistan Basingstoke, , pp. IN seen as Pakistan's bane by the professional classes. P The state's existence is owed neverthless to the Muslim League's strategic alliances with the large landholders.

During Pakistan's opening turbulent decades, the landlords exerted a dominant influence which prevented effective lund reform and hindered economic and political development within the countryside. The full sway of the landlords' power was displayed III provincial politics, but their predominance was also reflected in uurional politics. In the and National Assemblies landlords uccounted for 58 out of 96 and 34 out of 82 members respectively.

It could also be used to veto administrative and socio-economic reform in the localities. Votes were sought in an atmosphere of both 'coercive localism' and extravagant display. Critics of Pakistani 'feudalism' have produced a threefold charge sheet arising from the landholders' predominance: As the causes of the secession are examined later, it is suffitient merely to draw attention here to its main demographic, religious and political legacies before turning to the rapid socio-economic change of the past two decades.

The secession of East Pakistan reinforced Punjabi domination of the state. Table 1. The region' s. B For a typical assessment see LH. Consequently rigid adherence to a policy or a measure is likely to make politicians less available for office. Callard, Pakistan: A Political Study London, t p, Karachi Karachi 5, Baxter et al. Boulder, p. Ilf factor,27 and OmarNoman has similarly linked the political tranquility of the Punjab during the Zia era to the prosperity arising from migrants' remittances.

Its absence in the interior of Sindh, which sent no migrants to the Gulf, undoubtedly contributed to the sense of relative deprivation which fuelled the anti-Zia protests. Punjab's big brother status in the post Pakistan state has been a cause of increasing resentment among Sindhi, Baloch, Pushtun and mohajir nationalists.

Piscatori, 'Asian Islam:. International Linkages and their Impact on International Relations' in 1. Esposito ed. Religion, Politics and Society New York, , p. Post ethnic clashes have been particularly bitter in Balochistan Sindh. Indeed it might be argued that the genocide unleashed in Pakistan in made later episodes of state repression in these winces more politically acceptable. What is most chilling in such.

Parallels with the Nazi Holocaust immediately. While its perpetrators were brought to trial, the 'butcher' Dhaka, Lieutenant-General Tikka Khan, was to be rapidly rehabilitated promoted in post Pakistan. State terrorism in the name of [onul security thereafter secured a political legitimacy with profound.

The state's violent response to ethno-regional grievances and identities rooted in what has been termed a 'fragility syndrome' in the thinking thc ruling elites. It is based on a sense of increased insecurity vis-a-vis lin lind on the fear that ethno-nationalist movements in such provinces Sil1dh, Balochistan and the Frontier may follow the Bengali precedent.

These anxieties have encouraged lespread support in the political establishment for the acquisition nuclear weapons, as demonstrated in May Regarding Islamisation, the separation of East Pakistan contributed the trend in three ways: Ntrcngthened anti-Hindu and anti-Indian sentiment because of the Icnce given to conspiracy thesis interpretations of East Bengal's on; third it demolished the 'two nation theory', the secular stani nationalist ideology, thereby reinforcing Islam as an ideological.

These trends were encouraged by the oil boom the Gulf and by the Iranian revolution and Afghan jihad. The s backwash effects included increased militancy and the growth II 'kalashnikov culture'. Trade and investment have? See especially Chapters J, Piscatori, 'Asian Islam: P However, culturally and not le in security terms, Pakistan could not fully free itself from its SOl Asia moorings even if it wanted to.

Adapted from unpublished data, Census Organisation of Pakistan , cited in C. Baxter et , Government and Politics in South Asia, p. The interaction between Islam and politics during the Zia era forn a principal focus of Chapter 9. Yet we must note here that intolerant and sectarian violence have become part and parcel of contemporai Pakistani culture. Seventy-eight people were killed in Jhang alone from as a result of such clashes.

Muslim extremists' use of the legal cover provided by Section of the Penal Code" to persecute non-Muslims has contributed t.

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In October the Federal Shariat Court ruled that deatl was the only punishment for blasphemy. Pakistan's continuing poor international image. Intolerance and violence received eneourugement during Zia-ul-Haq's regime, but are also rooted at least partly in the frustrations arising from the poor electoral performance III' the religious parties, although more extreme groups than the JUI,.

Il1P or II have been behind the spiralling sectarian violence. The II-. The Lahore High Court in December also acquitted another thristian who had been consigned to death row by a sessions court since November Alulladis as well as Christians have often been brought to court under the so-called IIll1sphemy Ordinance on the basis of a single complaint. This provided for three years' imprisonment for the use of epithets and nctising of rights peculiar to Islam by non-Muslims. Cases have been brought even on issues as wearing a ring inscribed with Quranic verses.

For further details of the episode see Herald, May Internet Edition , 12 February A number of leading local policemen had been suspended following an earlier incident 17 January in which a Bible had been desecrated.

The extent of the damage and the , of petrol bombs and grenades confirmed the suspicion of police involvement. Dawn Internet Edition , 9 February The most prominent figure from the Islamic parties, Qazi Hussain Ahmed of the 11, failed to secure election from both the two National Assembly seats he contested.

The 11 boycotted the February polls ostensibly because of the caretaker Government's lack of progress with the accountability process. Those religio-political parties which did contest did no better than before.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman of the JUI had not only to contend with voter apathy, but had the indignity of being opposed by a voluptuous actress, Musarrat Shaheen, in his Dera Ismail Khan constituency. This electoral rejection of the religious parties has received much less publicity in the West than the dangers of fanaticism. Indeed, one of its founder members, Asma Jehangir who is the present Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan acted as defence counsel in the celebrated Salamat Masih and Rahmat Masih blasphemy case.

Violent episodes such as the retaliation for the Babri Masjid's destruction in India have instead grabbed the headlines. The system of separate electorates" implemented during Zia's time has decoupled minority legislators from their constituents and thereby further reduced their avenues of redress.

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Islamisation and sectarian conflict have diverted attention from the role of pirs in post Pakistani politics. A number of them however, not least Pir Pagaro who is reputed to have a million followers, have.

In Provincial Assemblies it is the whole of the province. Christians and Hindus have four seats each in the National Assembly, while other non-Muslim communities have one. Ahmadis have not contested their reserved National and Provincial Assembly seats because of the way this would compromise their religious self-identity. The leading Ilgure of the Sindhi nationalists G. Syed himself came from a pir fnmily and founded the Bazm-e-Soofia-e-Sindh organisation which orwnnised literary conferences and urs at the shrines of saints.

Some followers claimed that his idea of Sindhu Desh Sindhi homeland was mystically inspired. At the other end of the spectrum of politics in Sinoh, Altaf Hussain, the leader of the MQM, is so highly venerated hy his mohajir followers that he is referred to as 'Pir. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, despite his image as a modern populist leader Nought support from the pirs. Added to the continuing problem of Islamisation is the ongoing influence of feudal politics.

Although Zulfikar Ali Bhutto promised to nholish feudalism and introduce a more comprehensive land reform Ihan Ayub Khan, the political dominance of the landed elites has contlnued.

Feudal power relations have persisted in Punjab's south western region and according to government records even after the and land reforms, large landholders with farms of 50 acres and above Nlill owned 18 per cent of land in this area. Bhutto himself turned Ii the landowners in the elections. The power of the wadero" hus remained a constant feature of Sindh' s politics. Regional and national parties alike have drawn their leadership from this class in the Sindhispeaking areas.

When Zia undertook the civilianisation of his martial law regime, his hand-picked Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo from a prominent landed family of Sindh.

A growing criticism of 'feudal' influence has centred around the. Syed, Pakistan: For details of Bhutto's 'veneration', see W. Richter, 'Pakistan' in M. Ayoob ed. Dawn Overseas Weekly, Karachi, week ending 4 January Wadero estates in Sindh can be anything up to 50, acres in extent. Even after the imposition of a wealth tax in , commentators pointed out that it raised only the paltry sum of Rs.

The influential English-language monthly Newsline, in an issue entitled 'The Great Tax Scandal' ,48 made much of the fact that the Pakistan President along with the chief ministers of Sindh and Balochistan did not pay any income tax because of their exemption as landowners. Such articulate spokesmen of the agriculturalist lobby as Shah Mehmood Qureshi retorted that the landowners were already paying huge sums in 'implicit taxation' through the agricultural support price system which fixed produce prices well below the international market level.

The growing disorder which undermined Benazir Bhuttos second government in the summer of was directly rooted in the swingeing tax increases of Rs. Even the nominal provincial taxation on agricultural wealth which existed in Sindh, the Frontier and Balochistan was opposed in Punjab.

The manufacturing-and service sectors have grown rapidly and become major employers. The production of' sugar" and. During the first four decades of independence, the number. Duties were increased on such items as beverages and cigarettes. The clouds around the silver lining of his earlier assessment included the perennial trade deficits,56 budget deficits Rs. As a result of poor'agrIcultural yields, the country has been increasingly forced to import wheat and vegetables to feed its burgeoning population.

Even after the loss of its eastern province, Pakistan's population of million at the beginning of the s was over 50 per cent higher than that of four decades earlier. From Crisis to Crisis, Asian Survey 36, no.

Kennedy ed. P" Despite the fragmentary data which is available, it is clear that the natural increase in population has resulted from the birth rate declining much more slowly than the death rate.

Cultural conservatism and patriarchy have hindered family planning programmes and successive Pakistani regimes have failed to reduce female illiteracy from a scandalously high rate of 79 per cent.

Rapid population growth has hindered government health and educational provision which in any case received lower budgetary allocations than defence expenditure. It has also resulted in Pakistan, like many other developing countries, possessing a high percentage of children and young adults. Indeed around half the total population is under the age of fifteen.

As such it is disenfranchised, for the voting age is still twenty-one. The 'youth bulge' lies behind much of Pakistan's dynamism and violence. Ethnic riots, sectarian clashes, student fights, traffic accidents and violent tribal disputes over land and womenfolk equally attest to the Hobbesian jungle which is contemporary Pakistan.

Youth underemployment has encouraged ethnic and religious extremism. Not only the rank and file but most of the leaders of the MQM in s Karachi were in their twenties.

Furthermore the easy availability of weapons and drugs in a youthful society has created a combustible situation. Violence and guns have always been a part of tribal society, and the cities of Punjab were no stranger to communal clashes in the colonial era. But the development of the so-called 'kalashnikov culture' in the s was a clear break with the past. The flow of modern weaponry and drugs from the war-torn Afghan frontier into an ethnically combustible Karachi turned the city of lights into a latter day Beirut.

The collapse of the state's authority in Pakistan's commercial heartland posed the most serious threat to national integrity since the dark days of It was matched by the turning over of rural Sindh to a dacoit raj.

Criminal bands established reigns of terror often with the connivance of the local authorities and leading landowners; The prudent even avoided daytime travel in many parts of rural Sindh.

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The growing violence in Punjab was rooted in sectarian. I The HDI was devised in by the United Nations Development Programme as a composite index of longevity, educational attainment and 'utility derived from income.

Thomas et al. In the first eleven months of III one there were officially recorded in the Punjab over 3, murders and close on 4, abductions, mainly of children, most of whom were never recovered and fell victim to a life of forced labour, Pakistan has been a state comprising of people on the move ever since its creation amid the chaos of partition.

Recent decades have seen high rates of both rural-urban and overseas migration with important political consequences. The flood of migrants into Karachi in the s as a result both of a construction boom and of the Afghan conflict created the social conditions in which violence and ethnic conflict were able to thrive. The roots of the unfolding Karachi crisis lay not in Sindhi-mnhqjlr conflict, but in tension between recent lower class mohajir residents and incoming Pushtun labourers.

Sindh did not share in the other main source of migration from the s, of Pakistani workers to the oil rich but labour poor Gulf states. Migration to the Gulf has increased wealth and encouraged Islamisation through exposure to 'pristine' Islamic practice. Some commentators regard it as a contributory factor to the Punjab's quiescence during the Zia era. Large numbers of Pakistanis have also packed their bags for Britain and North America. The political impact of the establishment of these overseas Pakistani communities has been twofold: The role of the Pakistani diaspora in national politics possesses some parallel.

It is an area which requires much greater scholarly Inveltl. Their effects on domestic consumption patterns and domestic demand were equally significant.

The construction industry boom.. The Punjab was the province which gained most from the inflow of funds but the most locally concentrated impact was in the Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir.

Britain's 'Islamabad' - Bradford - replaced the dockside of Bombay as the major post -Partition destination of Mirpuri migrants," many of whom were 'pushed' out of the region after the flooding of square miles of the best agricultural land by the construction of the Mangla dam in the early s. Suzuki pick-up trucks, pucca dwellings and the presence of more banks per capita than in Karachi bear eloquent testimony to the growth of a Mirpuri remittance economy. But as Roger Ballard" perceptively remarked in the early s, dependency rather than development has been perpetuated by.

Thomas, Third World Atlas, Table 2, p. Bradford in the s London, ; 1. Williams, Religion ofImmigrantsfrom India and Pakistan: Mirpuri seamen were some of the earliest Muslim migrants.

By around 29, of Bradford's 49, Pakistani-origin population were Mirpuris. See P. Lewis, Islamic Britain. Ballard, 'The Context and Consequences of Migration: In the intervening period, AK has ex.

But Kashmiri resentment towards the Government of Pakistan has grown along with the continuing failure to improve communications, to pay for the utilisation of AK national resources the Mangla Dam generates power for Punjabi industry not for local consumption and the AK Govern, merit does not receive any revenue and the refusal to harness mOre effectively remittance income for development by means of an A.

The psychological reactions arising from the frustratIOns of newly-ennched returnees who perhaps unsuccessfully demand an increase? ThIS IS.

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Urban dwellers increased from I' 'tLe Cen uS""The most. Folksongs depicted Karachi as a distant CIty of dreams drawmg men from-their native land by its promise of wealth.

Ahmed, 'Dubai chalo: Karim and W. Robinson, 'tbe Migration Situation in Pakistan: Ann Analytical Review' in F. Seller and M. Karim, eds , Migration in Pakistan: Theories and Facts Lahore, , pp. It has been estimated that , Pushtuns and Punjabis settle in Karachi annually.

It has not grabbed the international headlines like Bhopal and Lahore's Baja Line gas tragedy early in ,sl but poses an even greater long-term threat to the population. Slimbach, 'Ethnic Binds and Pedagogies of Resistance: Politics of Ethnic Mobilisation', Asian Survey 35, no. II November , p. By their population stood at , and , In response to the protests, Benazir Bhutto' s government launched a billion rupee 'Karachi package'. The same issue carried a report on the ecological hazards created by the expansion of the tanning industry in the Punjabi town of Kasur pp.

Piped water for example was available to less than half the homes in the unregulated slum areas at the end of the s.

Yet a rising proportion of the population, nine in every twenty inhabitants lived in the katchi abadis. Resentment at the formal state's inability to tackle socio-economic problems or provide law lind order led to the rise of the informal MQM 'secondary state'. Meanwhile in Lyari the continued lack of basic amenities highlighted by the water supply problems had by the time of the elections cut into the traditional PPP domination in this predominantly Baloch IIrea.

Criminal violence in the 'biggest Pushtun city in the world' from the mids onwards was largely drug-related. The impact of drug-laundered money on consumer demand has never been quantified. Similarly the impact of heroin smuggling on the local economy has been even less studied than.

Its controllers are now leading entrepreneurs in the building trades, agriculture and fish processing industry. They have become influential distributors of local resources and been courted by politicians. Standard accounts of Pakistan's politics frequently ignore the state's high rates of social mobility because of their focus on elites and leading personalities.

In a pioneering study, Theodore Wright has seen increased inter-sectarian and inter-provincial marriage arising from social mobility. Fabietti, 'Equality versus Hierarchy: Conceptualizing Change in Southern Balochistan' in P. This listed former legislators as active in the drug trade.

See, M. Waseem, The Elections in Pakistan, p. Another contemporary social change is the growth of the middle classes. This is linked with urbanisation and the burgeoning of the economy's industrial and service sectors. Another factor has been the impact of overseas' remittances on family incomes, especially during the Zia era when the GNP doubled.

The term 'classes' is used advisedly however because there is no monolithic middle stratum of society; it is differentiated by occupation, income, family antecedents, language and gender. Journalists have used the term loosely to denote any elite section of society which is not 'feudal'. A younger generation of feudal families has obfuscated this terminology by adopting middle class professional occupations and lifestyles. The inchoate nature of the continued electoral dominance by the middle and landowner classes has encouraged some commentators to ignore its existence.

The growth of the middle classes can be partly assessed from the rise in consumerism set out in Table 1. In addition to the expenditure on durable goods, the middle classes were the main consumers of the.

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Adapted from A. More fanciful indicators might be the rise of 'Urdish' among the young listeners of the FM radio stations'" operating in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi and the duily crowds of up to 25, people who flocked to the imposing Puce departmental store which opened in Lahore in Women have been increasingly represented in Pakistan's new profesMiona elite.

Significantly, Benazir Bhutto posted the former journalist Maleeha Lodhi to the vital Washington Embassy following the elections. Men however still outnumbered women in foreign service positions by nearly twenty to one. As in India, the increase in opportunities for elite women has not improved the circumstances of their poorer sisters. I 44ff. Ismat began its long publication history in Delhi in Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan, by Hector Bolitho This is the first authoritative biography of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which remained the only significant work for thirty years.

In this book, Bolitho interviewed numerous contemporaries and colleagues of Mr. Jinnah and weaved this insight with the political and personal life of this great leader. Stanley Wolpert presents a balanced and objective view of this towering figure of the modern world politics. Among these four leaders, Jinnah has received a less than fair portrayal of his character, strategy and achievement.

This influential study by Akbar S. Ahmed, counters the prevailing narratives and presents a more balanced and well-rounded picture. Pakistan: A Modern History, by Ian Talbot The populist view of Pakistan in the west is fairly stereotypical with fundamentalism, violence and absence of true democracy as the central themes. Ian Talbot presents a more refined understanding of Pakistan while breaking down the prevalent stereotypes. This book fills the need for a broad, historically sophisticated understanding of Pakistan, a country at fifty which is understood by many in the West only in terms of stereotypes--the fanatical, authoritarian and reactionary other which is unfavorably compared to a tolerant, democratic and progressive India.

There is a need at the time of Pakistan's golden jubilee for it This book fills the need for a broad, historically sophisticated understanding of Pakistan, a country at fifty which is understood by many in the West only in terms of stereotypes--the fanatical, authoritarian and reactionary other which is unfavorably compared to a tolerant, democratic and progressive India.

There is a need at the time of Pakistan's golden jubilee for it to be taken seriously in its own right as a country of million people. It is in reality a complex plural society which although greatly shaped by the colonial inheritance and circumstances of its birth is also experiencing rapid change. The author's approach breaks down stereotypes and assists in answering the vexed question of why democracy has succeeded in India, while Pakistan has been subject to long periods of authoritarianism during its five decades of existence.

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From colonial rule to the inception of Pakistan to losing East-Pakistan Bangladesh roughly makes up the first part of the book. Part 2 paints a grim picture of obliterated democracy in the very early days of Pakistan's birth.

Part 3 creates the charismatic leader Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and destroys him. It also covers "Zia's" Islamisation of Pakistan. The last part highlights the political struggle of power between Nawaz Sharif and Shaheed Benazir Bhutt This book is divided into 4 parts. The last part highlights the political struggle of power between Nawaz Sharif and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Ian Talbot's book is a complete, dense and a well-researched analysis of Pakistan. There is uneven distribution of resources at the time of birth, a bloody migration, withheld resources, identity confusion, military coups, constitution suspensions, unfulfilled promises, assassinations, involvements of puppeteers, the attractive geopolitical vantage points, radicalization, economic challenges, social challenges, and environmental challenges etc.

Pakistan's past is bleak but there is hope of converting the "failed promise" of to something fruitful according to the historian.A modern thriller with biblical roots.

The state's contested national identity, uneven development, bureaucratic nuthoritarianism and imbalance between a weak civil society and dominant military can all be traced to the colonial era.

Bradford in the s London, ; 1. The army stood III reserve to back up a burgeoning police force. From colonial rule to the inception of Pakistan to losing East-Pakistan Bangladesh roughly makes up the first part of the book.

The biraderi brotherhood, kinship group forms an important locus of political authority especially in the central areas of the Punjab. We are a nation of three million, and what is more, we, the Frontier Pathans, are a body of people with our own distinctive culture, civilisation, language, literature, art and architecture, names and nomenclature and sense of values and proportion, legal and moral codes, customs and calendar, history and traditions, and aptitudes and ambitions.

The mass mobilisation of Muslims in would not have been possible without the support of the pirs. Successive bouts of authoritarian rule have reinforced centrifugal ethnic, linguistic and regional forces.

Some scholars have spoken in terms of the Punjabisation of Pakistan.

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