“Because Pakistan is marinated in crisis, attention is riveted on the latest outrage, disaster, or calamity to occur in the country. The often-asked question following such events is whether they will push Pakistan over the edge, ‘edge’ being variously defined-at the minimum, as another military takeover; at the maximum, as the breakup of the state. The cover of this book, which features a puzzle, symbolizes the larger analytical problem: is Pakistan coming apart or is it being put together in some new order?” -STEPHEN P. COHEN in the Preface
“Pakistan has witnessed the banning of a number of militant groups and the arrests and targeted killings of key al Qaeda and related militants… The results have backfired-and continue to backfire-on the Pakistani army, through both colossal casualties in the tribal areas and direct attacks against regional and national security forces and military headquarters.” -LAILA BOKHARI
“There is no likelihood of a takeover of Pakistan by religious extremists. Pakistanis are a deeply religious people, but extremism is alien to their nature, and, as they have proven, their tolerance for the Taliban form of government is very low while their tolerance for suffering in the cause of ridding themselves of this scourge is very high.”-SHAUKAT QADIR
“If the military does seek full power over the next five years, it will probably be in response to domestic instability so palpable that military rule would be welcomed by most of the public.”-MARVIN G. WEINGAUM
“Too often people use the argument that tradition is largely responsible for Pakistan’s challenges in lowering its population growth rate. That is fallacious. The lack of priority given to female education, combined with the lack of priority given to developing sectors in the economy to support the economic empowerment of women, is fundamentally responsible.”-ANITA M. WEISS
“[Pakistan] can go either way: decline and fragment or emerge as a functioning democracy and middle-level economy. However, Pakistan’s turnaround is not possible without internal determination to address the issues that afflict the state and society and international support to meet those challenges.”-HASAN ASKARI RIZVI ISBN: 9789694025575 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: Author: STEPHEN P. COHEN
There are several studies on Pakistan’s external relations but none of them paint the picture on as wide a canvas as the one chosen for this work. Most studies deal with bilateral relations, however, the scope of this work is much wider. This book examines Pakistan’s relations with India, China, the United States, and Afghanistan and several other countries in a dynamic framework. The author looks at Pakistan’s external relations from several disciplinary angles and explains that it is difficult to fully comprehend economic changes?in particular, the influences on the making of public policy?without understanding the political, social, and cultural environment in which Pakistan’s economy functions. Some of the topics discussed in the book are demography; geography; migrations; religion; climate change and global warnings; American?China trade war; America’s conflict with Iran; India’s decision to absorb Kashmir as a ‘territory’ of the Indian Union; and the impact of international migration on the political systems in several Western nations.
Author: SHAHID JAVED BURKI
ISBN: 9780190704261 ISBN: 9780190704261 Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: STATECRAFT AND GEOPOLITICS IN TODAY’S WORLD Author: SHAHID JAVED BURKI
(I) The Commission shall review and make a clear, precise and implementable set of recommendations in respect of:
(a) the division of functions, responsibilities and accountabilities among the federal, provincial and local governments to avoid duplication, overlap and functional redundancy;
(b) the appropriate size of government organizations, at each tier of government including attached departments, autonomous bodies, public sector corporations and other entities in the light of the responsibilities and functions assigned to each;
(c) improving existing, institutional capacity through identification and meeting of skill gaps in the context of functions assigned to organizations of government at all levels;
(d) the redesigning of rules and core business processes at all levels of government to achieve functional efficiency, client orientation, cost reduction, transparency and a shift of focus from process compliance to output and outcomes;
(e) inter-linkages between; federal, provincial and local public services with a view to strengthening the federation through increased transaction efficiency and smoother conduct of business;
(f) public service design for all tiers of government that would include:
(i) the structure of the public services at all levels in view of functional reassignments;
(ii) recruitment, training, placement; promotion and career planning for the public services;
(iii) the development of human capital through training and higher education;
(iv) indicators for qualitative and quantitative measurement of performance for diverse professions and services;
(v) compensation packages and performance based incentives;
(vi) measures to fill capacity gaps in the interim;
(g) legislative requirement to implement the plan;
(h) resource requirement to implement the plan;
(i) a strategy to manage the proposed changes & transformation; and
(j) a monitoring mechanism to monitor the implementation of the approved recommendations.
(2) The review and recommendations of the Commission shall be made remaining within the ambit of the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. ISBN: 9789694025612 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR GOVERNMENT REFORMS ON Author: ISHRAT HUSAIN
Pakistan’s diversity and resilience have rarely figured in the single-issue focus of recent literature on the country. This book presents an alternate paradigm and a deeper understanding of the . country’s dynamics through an analysis of the Pakistan’s political, economic, social, foreign policy, and governance challenges. ,It also discusses the complex interplay between domestic developments and external factors including great power interests that are so central to the Pakistan story and explain the vicissitudes in its fortunes.
An excellent book, one that brings out some veryimportant points about the surprising stability of the country beneath the alarmism of the daily headlines, and forms a useful antidote to the general perception about Pakistan in the West
Professor Anatol Lieven, King’s College, London
`This timely study looks beyond the headlines of terrorism and natural disaster that dominate Wertern perceptions of Pakistan. The contributors argue that contemporary security challenges and longer term demographic pressures and energy shortages can be overcome if Pakistan possesses the political will to undergo wide-ranging institutional, educational, and structural economic reform.
Professor Ian Talbot, author, Pakistan: A Modern History ISBN: 9780199064380 Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: BEYOND THE CRISIS STATE Author: MALEEHA LODHI