Pakistan is the world’s second-largest Muslim nation; it is strategically located and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also in a precarious position: its economy is collapsing to the point of bankruptcy, and many factors other threaten its stability as well: terrorism, ethnic uprisings, unsustainable population growth rate, water scarcity, illiteracy, and poverty. Even so, author Tausif Kamal points to country’s nationalism, resiliency, and survival instincts as things that could ensure Pakistan’s viability and continuity as a nation-state.
In Pakistan: A Possible Future, Kamal traces the country’s constitutional history and holds its two most respected institutions responsible for the disruption of the rule of law and the instability that resulted from the disruption. For future survival and progress, Pakistan must strive to become a non-revisionist, non-violent, peaceful, tolerant, market-oriented, modern state. To accomplish that goal, Kamal proposes tough, pragmatic, and achievable measures the nation to ease its problems and begin the process of reforming itself.
Focusing on the future of Pakistan, this unique, wide-ranging study offers an unflinching analysis of the nation’s predicaments, both foreign and domestic, and provides practical suggestions for overcoming them.