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The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.
While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.
Chapter 2: Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan: A Critical Analysis of Political Culture and Historical Legacy
Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan: A Critical Analysis of Political Culture and Historical Legacy
Would Pakistan's form of government be of any academic and political interest if it were a Central Asian state or a state tucked away somewhere in the middle of Africa? It is doubtful. Pakistan has been a frontline state in Afghanistan's wars; first as a conduit for American help to the mujahidin against the Soviets and now against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in support of the United States (US). In both conflicts, Pakistan was on the side of America, whose scholars have variously called Pakistan a ‘failed’ state, a ‘soft’ state, and even a ‘rogue’ state.
Pakistan is ...