Anatol previously a journalist, who reported fromPakistan during the

Anatol Lieven is Professor of International Relations and TerrorismStudies at King’s College, London and work as a senior fellow at the NewAmerica Foundation. He was previously a journalist, who reported fromPakistan during the USSR invasion of Afghanistan, the former USSR andEurope for The Times and other publications.Anatol Liven initially display a very distorted picture of Pakistan wrote inhis book “Pakistan A hard Country” that country is morally corrupt, badeconomic situation, ethnically more divided, harsh toward women andpenury people, and considered to be a sanctum of horrible form ofterrorism and extremism.But during his peregrinate course, he leper the false narrative thatPakistan is subjugate by so called Military establishment and Islamistsfanatics. It’s nuclear weapons are in safe hands, and we shouldn’t worryabout that its falling into the hand of Islamist type of people or mind set.Another sagacity that Pakistan would be taken by Islamist is totally wrongand not based on facts. Beside this Pakistan is more responsible andstable country and shouldn’t be compare to those states which failed orgoing toward failure.This particular book is informative dissection of the contemporary politicsof Pakistan. Writer is a journalist by profession but he usesethnographies, cognizance and his experience which he gain during hisinteraction with the people of all walk of life.Book A hard country started with a concise historical backdrop and talkabout the aspects of creation of Pakistan but his main emphasis on keyleaders like Ayyub khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Zia ul Haq, and PervezMusharraf. Interestingly Most of his work on focus on the contemporarypolitical parties and system including their leader.Writer started with the main ingredients of the state system. The judicialsystem, Courts, Police system, which are very expensive for an ordinaryperson, and failed to deliver free and easy justice. There is some Islamistparties which are demanded the fundamental implementation of ShariahLaw. Religion is subdue by fundamentalist form of Islam but Sufi shrinesare also considered to be sacred and played an important role.Fundamentalist parties like Jammat Islami, JUI and many more are veryactive in politics. Military considered as an efficient and respectednational institution. The main stream parties like PML N and PPP dynastictype of parties, which has grass root level support in Punjab and urbanSindh respectively.After this he write about regional and provincial political system. Punjabis the biggest province of Pakistan which are estimated 60 percent ofpopulation of Pakistan. Punjab province is developed and its people aregood economic situation due to its industrial areas. Sindh is the secondbiggest province whose politics are dominated by feudal leaders. Thebigger urban cities are influenced by MQM (Mohajir), and there is alwaysethnic tension between Mohajir and other ethnic groups. The Pathans ofNWFP now KPK are conscious in their nature and historically there wasrift between Pathans and central government. Fourthly, Baluchistan arethe least developed and deprived province and separatist movements arein rift with central government. Lieven write nothing Gilgit Baltistan andKashmir.This book is written about the end of 2010, which addressed theperception that Pakistan will be subdue by Taleban, which posed aserious threat. The last two chapters are more important regarding toTaleban issue and opinion of people towards them and how they will bedefeated.At the last, according to my opinion this book is well articulated, wellargumanted and based on extensive travelling. But we cannot says thatthis book introduce some new ideas regarding to Pakistan. His attitude isoptimistic in nature toward the future of Pakistan.


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