Peerzada Salman | Metropolitan > Karachi | From the Newspaper
KARACHI, March 26: It was a gripping exchange of ideas that provided a perceptive audience with sufficient food for thought. The occasion was the launch of a book, Fatal Faultlines – Pakistan, Islam and the West, by distinguished columnist Irfan Husain at a local hotel on Monday.
The event was aptly moderated by chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Zohra Yusuf.
Introducing the author to the gathering, she talked about the time his writings for The Star often landed the paper in trouble during the military rule of Ziaul Haq because of which he had to change his by-line week to week.
Predicting Pakistan’s future is an impossible exercise. Its internal politics and external relations are far too uncertain and challenging, its susceptibility to extreme events too acute. But the international focus on the country and the fear that it is about to fall apart mean that scholars and journalists have developed an itch to try to foresee what is in store in Pakistan, and just how bad the world’s Pakistan problem can get.
But as The Future of Pakistan, a collection of essays edited by Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Stephen Cohen, shows, this is a futile exercise. The most analysts are willing to do is say that the country will, in the short to medium term, “muddle along”. No serious thinker wants to be the one to claim that Pakistan will become a failed state or splinter, or that it will be able to pull itself away from its current trajectory and somehow fix its economy, correct its civil-military imbalance, revise its policies regarding militancy, heal its internal fissures and create a more moderate society. Continue reading
(Reuters) – A Pakistani journalist and best-selling author cautions that Pakistan is heading towards anarchy in his new book that offers solutions for his country’s frayed ties with the United States and how U.S. peace talks with the Taliban is crucial in its exit strategy from Afghanistan.
The writer, Ahmed Rashid, who frequents the dinner tables of the world’s top leaders offering advice, gives a dire assessment of the region he has reported on for more than 30 years in “Pakistan On The Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan” released in the United States this week. Continue reading
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