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  • Set of 5 Books: Reportage, Comment & Analysis from 1988 to 2022 by Najam Sethi


    ISBN: Set-of-5-Titles-by-Najam-Sethi
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: NAJAM SETHI

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  • KARGIL COUP: PAKISTAN UNDER NAWAZ SHARIF 1997-1999

    This book covers the tumultuous second term of Nawaz Sharif that was cut short by the October Coup in 1999 which installed General Pervez Musharraf in power.

    It tells the inside story of how Sharif stripped President Farooq Leghari of his powers under Article 58-2B of the constitution, how he conspired with a clutch of Supreme Court judges to oust the Chief Justice, Sajjad Ali Shah, how he launched his “victimization” drive to put political oppositionists into prison, and then made a bid to become Amir ul Momineen standing above parliament.

    The momentous decision for “tit-for-tat” atomic tests was taken despite American pressure to desist, followed by a freezing of all foreign currency accounts and a round of sanctions by the international community.

    Undeterred, Sharif launched his “bus diplomacy” initiative to build fences with the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vagpayee, even as the military establishment was opposed to it and secretly planning the Kargil adventure. The end-game came in the autumn of 1999 after Sharif’s dash to Washington to persuade President Bill Clinton to negotiate an extraction of Pakistan’s military forces from Kargil, following which “humiliation” he determined to sack General Musharraf for the debacle. The “hijacking” of General Musharraf’s plane from the air culminated in a counter coup that brought the military back into the saddle for another decade.

    This is a breathless account of, and unique commentary on, those three fateful years that set the fitful ten year democratic revival in the 1990s back for a full decade.

    ISBN: 9789694026671

    AUTHOR: Najam Sethi
    ISBN: 9789694026671
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: REPORTAGE, COMMENT & ANALYSIS
    Author: NAJAM SETHI

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  • SAME PAGE: PAKISTAN UNDER IMRAN KHAN 2018-2022

    This is a blow by blow account of the Imran Khan regime 2018-2022 that promised so much and delivered so little.

    The “IK story” began in 2011 when Pakistan’s military establishment determined to secure a political alternative to the dynastic Bhutto-Sharif regimes that had alternated for over two decades. In 2014, the military prodded Imran to launch his narrative of “35 punctures”, a reference to the alleged “theft” of the 2013 elections that brought Nawaz Sharif to office. Winding its way through various long marches and dharnas to destabilise the Sharif regime, it roped in the Supreme Court under two Chief Justices of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar and Asif Khosa, to knock out Nawaz and culminated in the 2018 elections that were blatantly rigged to “select” Imran into office.

    This book charts Imran’s rise and fall, starting from the “Same Page” narrative of a firm partnership between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, that propped up his regime, to the time in 2021 when the same doctrine was abandoned after it became an acute embarrassment for the military and its chief.

    Interwoven into the fabric of Imran’s demagogic politics was the ruthless ambition of two generals, one of whom sought an extension in tenure (COAS General Bajwa) and the other an elevation to the post of army chief (DG-ISI General Faiz Hameed). In the event, this unholy team couldn’t manipulate the system to achieve its ends.

    This book charts the monthly miscalculations of Khan’s regime in the summer of 2021 after the transfer of General Faiz Hameed from the ISI to the Peshawar Corps, enabling the combined opposition to cobble the wherewithal of a successful No-Confidence Motion in April 2022 that finally felled Imran Khan.

    This book is an indispensable read for students of political science and history who wish to understand how even the best laid institutional plans of powerful people fall by the wayside at that altar of personal ambition.

    ISBN: 9789694026657

    AUTHOR: NAJAM SETHI
    ISBN: 9789694026657
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: Reportage, Comment & Analysis
    Author: NAJAM SETHI

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  • LAHORE @ PARTITION

    This book provides a comprehensive perspective on violence, distinguishing it from prior literature that often leans towards assigning blame to one of the involved parties.

    — Muhammad Iqbal Chawla —

    University of the Punjab, Lahore

    With a deft utilization of archival sources and a seamless integration of secondary materials, the author crafts a narrative that stands distinct from any previously explored. A particularly intriguing facet of this research lies in the foregrounding of indigenous voices, shedding light on how the people of Lahore navigated the turbulent aftermath of partition.

    — Tahir Kamran —

    Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

    With a comprehensive exploration of the city’s journey through Partition, the tumultuous communal conflicts, and subsequent regeneration, this work stands as a significant scholarly contribution. The author’s in-depth analysis illuminates the complex dynamics of violence during Partition, migration, and socio-political change, painting a vivid portrait of Lahore’s resilience in the face of adversity.

    — Hussain Ahmad Khan —

    Institute of Global and Historical Studies, Government College University, Lahore

    There are two main strengths of the research study; first, the use of local sources, like FIRs, revenue records and vernacular literature and, second, a common man’s perspective.

    — Faraz Anjum —

    University of the Punjab, Lahore

    The author’s forays into the processes of “cross migration” and “patterns of migrant settlement” lend further depth to the study. On top of this, the non-partisan approach of the author will make it worth reading for general readers and scholars across South Asia.

    — Irfan Waheed Usmani —

    History Department, GCU Lahore

    ISBN: 9789694026664

    AUTHOR: ADNAN TARIQ

     
    ISBN: 9789694026664
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: VIOLENCE, CROSS-MIGRATION, AND REGENERATION 1947-1961
    Author: ADNAN TARIQ

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  • FALL OUT

    “DISTILLS TUMULTUOUS EVENTS
    INTO ONE SHARP FOCUS”

    DEXTER FILKINS
    PULITZER WINNER, THE NEW YORKER

    “WELL-WRITTEN AND ENTERTAINING”

    MICHAEL JABRI-PICKETT FORMER FOREIGN EDITOR AT THE NATIONAL

    “Fall Out” delves into the tumultuous journey of Imran Khan’s transition from a tenacious opposition leader to the prime minister from 2014 to 2018, and his complicated relationship with the Pakistani military since then. It charts the fall of Nawaz Sharif, influenced by the Panama Papers scandal, and the role of former army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in the Hybrid Project/Rule, revealing the changes he went through while in power. The book underscores the persistent unpredictability in leadership decisions, both military and civilian, that leads to a constant state of crisis in Pakistan, underlining the crucial need for institutional stability. A familiar yet ever-changing tableau of power, “Fall Out” is an incisive exploration of Pakistani politics.

    “Salman has been one of the keenest observers of Pakistan and South Asia for more than two decades. This book distills the tumultuous events of the past decade into one sharp focus.”

    DEXTER FILKINS

    Pulitzer Winner, The New Yorker, author of The Forever War

     

    “Salman treats his work like any fine craftsman treats his job: with care and precision. His journalism is like literature: well-written and entertaining.”

    MICHAEL JABRI-PICKETT
    Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Newsroom at Qatar Foundation and
    former foreign editor at The National in Abu Dhabi, UAE

     

    “Salman, as a seasoned reporter and editor, documents a critical phase of Pakistan’s turbulent politics. Sharply written with clarity, this book is a useful guide for scholars, students and general public alike.”

    RAZA RUMI
    Director Park Center for Independent Media,
    Ithaca College, New York

    ISBN: 9789694026626

    AUTHOR: SALMAN MASOOD
    ISBN: 9789694026626
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: POWER, INTRIGUE AND POLITICAL UPHEAVAL IN PAKISTAN
    Author: SALMAN MASOOD

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  • LAHORE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Analysing the evolution of Lahore’s social organization, culture and ideologies since Pakistan’s independence in 1947, this book explores how social and cultural changes affect the social economy, spatial structure and urban environment.

    It uncovers the internal dynamics and functional order of the city that sustain everyday life, despite its challenges and seemingly disorderly institutions. The book offers a strategic vision for the city’s development that emphasizes equitable policies for public utilities and the built environment. In addition, the author proposes a complementary programme for social development and civic ethos.

    This book will be a valuable resource for academics and students in the fields of urban planning, geography, urban studies and sociology and those interested in the urbanism of the global south, particularly Pakistan.

    ISBN: 9789694026633
    AUTHOR: MOHAMMAD A. QADEER
    ISBN: 9789694026633
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE FUNCTIONING AND DEVELOPMENT OF A MEGACITY IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
    Author: Mohammad A. Qadeer

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  • THE JUDICIARY AND POLITICS IN PAKISTAN 1999-2013

    This is a serious scholarly narrative about the past history of relationship between the judiciary and the executive in Pakistan. It also describes the different trends of the judiciary in deciding the cases of political importance and especially the pressure of the executive on the judiciary to get favorable decisions. This book describes, analyzes and highlights the history of judicial activism in the first decade of 21st century in Pakistan which helped the judiciary to liberate itself from undemocratic forces and to dispense justice in a free and fair atmosphere and without any cost. On the other it also describes that how the judiciary has been stretching its powers and to influence the decisions of the Executive and Parliament. This book explains the causes of conflict among the judiciary; the executive and parliament. It also throws light on the causes and consequences of judicial activism on political culture of Pakistan.
    This study is substantial contribution in the historical literature. It describes the new role of Pakistani judiciary in the political culture of Pakistan in which two prime ministers of Pakistan have been disqualified by judicial verdicts. The judiciary assumed the new role to eradicate corruption from society, to correct administrative actions of the government and to eliminate some social evils from society which developed a new phenomenon and affected the whole Pakistani social and political order. Significantly, this is a wide ranging account of a political role of the judiciary in Pakistan.

    ISBN: 9789694026619

    AUTHOR: NAJEEB UR REHMAN
    ISBN: 9789694026619
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: NAJEEB UR REHMAN

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  • SECULAR MUSLIM

    Secular Muslim: Jinnah, His Politics and Pakistan covers Pakistan’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s political journey from start to finish. It also explores the origin of classical liberalism and moderate secularism whose salient features inspired his approach to politics. The writer pinpoints several distortions in ‘history books’ and debunks several myths surrounding Jinnah and the Pakistan Movement. One such myth is the so-called Two Nations Theory’. Contrary to the popular belief, right-wing Caste Hindus were the first to classify themselves as a separate nation in British Raj, and they wanted to create one state in the subcontinent free of non-Hindus. The book explains how Jinnah used their ideology against them later on and tried to achieve an inclusive state for all religious communities and atheists of the subcontinent, where oppressed classes, in general, could progress economically and emancipate their women. The author concludes that the present-day Islamic Republic of Pakistan is everything its founder stood against throughout his life. Therefore there is a need to establish a secular albeit Muslim-majority state that serves all its citizens equally, regardless of their religion, caste, creed, sect or gender.

    ISBN: 9789694026602

    AUTHOR: MD UMAIR KHAN

     
    ISBN: 9789694026602
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: JINNAH, HIS POLITICS AND PAKISTAN
    Author: MD UMAIR KHAN

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  • IMRAN KHAN

    During last decade’s upsurge in the fortunes of populist politics in numerous countries, Imran Khan emerged as its central figure in Pakistan. Globally, Khan never became as prominent in this context as his populist contemporaries such as Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson and Viktor Orbán. But he was very much a product of the populist wave that began to sweep across various regions from 2010 onwards. In Imran Khan: Myth of the Pakistani Middle-Class, Nadeem Farooq Paracha explores the political, social and historical factors that led to Khan’s rise and his eventful fall as a politician. In so doing, Paracha also scrutinises the political and social dynamics of Khan’s core constituency, the urban middle-classes. He demonstrates how these classes have continued to sabotage their own political interests due to their stubborn search for ‘strongmen.’
    ISBN: 9789694026596
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: MYTH OF THE PAKISTANI MIDDLE-CLASS
    Author: NADEEM FAROOQ PARACHA

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  • JINNAH KI KAMYABI, NAKAMI AUR TAREEKH MEIN KIRDAR


    ISBN: 9789694026589
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ISHTIAQ AHMED

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  • MUSHARRAF, NAWAZ & HIJACKING FROM THE GROUNDTHE BIZARRE STORY OF PK 805

    Early the same afternoon, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dismissed Musharraf, away on a visit to Sri Lanka, and replaced him with Gen Ziauddin. When the latter was not allowed to assume command by a section of the army, he turned to Nawaz Sharif for help. The Prime Minister then ordered Aminullah Chaudry to divert PK 805, the flight on which Musharraf was returning home, away from Karachi and preferably out of the country. As the Civil Aviation Ordinance permitted the Prime Minister to divert any commercial flight from its specified route, and the Director General to close down any airport, Aminullah denied the use of Karachi and its designed alternative Nawabshah to PK 805. When the pilot of PK 805 informed the tower that he was running short of fuel, he was cleared to land at Nawabshah. Before he could do this, the army stormed the control tower in Quaid-e-Azam International Airport and order PK 805 to return to Karachi. Despite this, Musharraf, now in the cockpit of PK 805, remained airborne for another thirty eight minutes until he was sure that the army had deposed Nawaz Sharif.

    Although only a diversion was ordered, Nawaz Sharif and six others were charged with hijacking PK 805. Working under the shadow of Musharraf’s autocratic regime, the Courts convicted Nawaz Sharif. Amiullah Chaudry was also arrested, kept in solitary confinement, and forced to testify against Sharif.

    Having witnessed farcical trial at first hand, Aminullah is one person who can give a firsthand account of a grossly flowed judicial process. He shows how the legal process was distorted and the fundamentals of Aviation Law disregarded.
    ISBN: 9789694025414
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE BIZARRE STORY OF PK 805
    Author: AMINULLAH CHAUDRY

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  • PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

    Pakistan faces a multitude of economic challenges some of them man made and domestic and the other external and natural. There is very little disagreement on the diagnostics — weak institutions, low productivity. Low savings and investment, burgeoning burden of debt, Macroeconomic instability, poor human capital, indifferent bureaucracy, tough business climate, inefficiencies in energy sector etc. This volume consisting of fourteen chapters attempts to bring together at one place the well-known prescriptions and detailed solutions to address these challenges.

    The main insight arising from this work is that a lot has been done to define the contents and the contours of reforms but the asymmetry in the accrual of losses and gains is the main stumbling block to their implementation. As losses are immediate, the losers are identifiable, organized groups that agitate and resist the reforms eroding the political capital of the ruling party weakening their chances at electoral cycle. Successive governments have therefore found hardly any champions among the elected representatives. Given that the gains would occur sometime in distant future and would be diffused throughout the economy the credit for success would be preempted by the party in opposition in power at that time strengthening its chances of getting reelected. This disconnect between the timing of political and economic gains and losses thus leads to the maintenance of status quo.
    ISBN: 9789694026565
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ISHRAT HUSAIN

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  • A HOUSE IN LAHORE


    ISBN: 9789694026558
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: GROWING UP JEWISH IN PAKISTAN – A MEMOIR
    Author: HAZEL SELZER KAHAN

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  • NAWAZ SHARIF UNDER SIEGE


    ISBN: 9789694026343
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ZAHID HUSSAIN

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  • ANGLO-INDIAN LIVES IN PAKISTAN

    In this compelling study Dorothy McMenamin recovers the histories of Anglo-Indians in what would become Pakistan and traces the trajectories of individuals and families into the post-independence world. Grounded in an absorbing series of oral histories, McMenamin’s narrative is full of human drama and complexity. It offers a bold challenge to the strong emphasis on colonial power and racial hierarchies in recent work, forwarding a counter-reading enriched by her own deep personal knowledge of this community within Pakistan and in the Anglo-Indian diaspora
    ISBN: 9789694026497
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: INTERROGATING RELIGION AND CULTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF ORAL HISTORIES
    Author: DOROTHY MCMENAMIN

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  • TROIKA ENDGAME: PAKISTAN UNDER BENAZIR BHUTTO 1993-1996

    Both Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif didn’t acquit themselves well in the “trial of democracy” from 1988 to 1993. They did worse confronting the “dilemma of democracy” from 1993-1999 – how an elected government can complete its five year term and also provide a level playing field to the “government-in-waiting” to turn the tables at the end of the period. In consequence, Pakistan was driven straight into the jaws of martial law in 1999.

    This volume traces the rise and fall of the second Bhutto regime from 1993-96. It records how, through the good offices of the Establishment, she began on a conciliatory note with Nawaz Sharif by offering to nominate a consensus candidate (Wasim Sajjad) as President in exchange for jointly undoing the notorious Clause 58-2(B) of the 8th Constitutional Amendment which hung like the sword of Damocles over every prime minister. It tracks the negotiations to breaking point, compelling her to nominate her “own man”, Farooq Leghari, to the Presidency. It records Nawaz Shun cunning ways to drive a wedge between Leghari and Bhutto, which eventually led the former to use the 8th Amendment to sack the latter.

    The major policy issues that preoccupied Benazir Bhutto in her second term were nuclear proliferation, MQM terrorism in Karachi and conflict in Kashmir. The book explains how the US applied economic and military sanctions to pressure Pakistan to cap, freeze and roll back its nuclear programme but failed to achieve its objective. It details how she successfully tackled and put down MQM terrorism through effective use of civil-military power. And it records how she teamed up with the military to promote jihad in India-Occupied Kashmir.

    The book is about foul play by both Bhutto and Sharif; foreign policy blues; warlordism in Afghanistan; mythology of Mohajirism; nuclear policy; Mehrangate; General Mirza Aslam Beg’s “grand plan”; threat of an India-Pak nuclear war; journalists for sale; pains of privatization; Indo-Pak relations; doctrine of necessity; corruption and Surreygate. The analysis covers the mind of Benazir Bhutto, her Achilles heel and fatal flaws.

    It is indispensable reading for the student of history who wishes to understand how and why democracy failed to take root in the 1990s.
    ISBN: 9789694026534
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: Reportage, Comment & Analysis
    Author: NAJAM SETHI

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  • THE END OF INNOCENCE

    Moni Mohsin’s accomplished and moving first novel deals not only with the aftermath of a dangerous love, but with its effects on an entire community; retribution, revenge, and the terrible complicity of the heedless in the destruction of innocence. Deeply sensitive to nuances of class and gender, she dissects the diseased psyche of an "honour killer", showing with patient insight how such crimes are often not so much the result of premeditation as spontaneous violence, with family and clan members conspiring to cover up what has been done rather than colluding with the murderer’s action.

    ‘The End of Innocence is unusual in its setting: the rural farmland? West Punjab, delineated in its changing colours and seasons with the minimal brush strokes of a Japanese artist. The simple, sensual prose reflects the multilingual world in which Its child protagonist lives, moving easily from western references to translations of local proverbs and citations of folklore.’ —Aamer Hussein, The Independent, London

    ‘Pakistan-born Londoner, Moni Mohsin’s debut novel is an utterly engrossing tale of innocence lost. Mohsin vividly recreates the atmosphere of rural Pakistan in all its variety, from the smell of sugarcane to the cool shadows of Laila’s elegant home. The reports of political strife never intrude too far into the story of Sabzbagh’s residents but the worried gossip of adults about their government’s actions add a faint air of menace and a hint of violence and sorrow to come.

    ‘Eager, warm-hearted and bright, without being precocious, Laila is an appealing young heroine. In fact, all the characters are convincingly drawn, even those with the potential to descend into caricature are well-rounded and believable.

    ‘Moving, warm and compulsively readable, The End of Innocence is a very promising debut.’—Anna Carey, The Irish Examiner

    ‘Moni Mohsin’s debut is an absorbing take on The Go-Between set in rural Pakistan in 1971. Mohsin balances an enjoyable polyphony of characters — the wizened old servant, the jolly ex-pat, the flustered nun — as she depicts an idyllic milieu under threat. This is an assured, emotionally engaging novel.’ — Richard Godwin, Literary Review, London

    ‘The End of Innocence is set in 1 970s Pakistan, a world of vibrant colour, rich smells and savage civil wait Mohsin uses words like a palette to paint a vivid picture of the country she grew up in. Themes synonymous with another world — honour killings, family honour-collide with the universal consequences of exposed secrets. This is a beautifully written work which promises to be a real success.’ — Melissa Thompson, The Big Issue, London


    ISBN: 9694025060
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: MONI MOHSIN

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  • WOMEN WRITER ON PARTITION OF PAKISTAN & INDIA

    Never before has a single volume featured non-fiction writing by women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh on the Partition of India. Here, for the first time, are Ismat Chughtai, Sara Suleri, Anis Kidwai, Phulrenu Guha, Meghna Guhathakurta, Shehla Shibli, Manikuntala Sen. Kamlaben Patel and many others, speaking and writing about communalism and literature; what they learnt from refugees; what partition means to them 50 years later; and how they define themselves—Hindus? Muslims? Indians? Pakistanis? Bengalis? All of these or none? Either or neither? Not-Indian-not-Pakistani? Bangladeshi not Pakistani? Above all, their accounts raise that most troubling question: do women have a country? An unusual mix of memoirs, interviews, reminiscences and reflective essays, this anthology is the first attempt to present women’s perspective on the partition of India, based on the experience of three countries.
    ISBN: 9694025044
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: RITU MENON

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  • GENDER, NATION, STATE IN PAKISTAN

    The three essays in this volume explore the changing parameters of struggles over gender in Pakistan. In the process, the author attempts to theoretically traverse the boundaries between public and private domains, the State and what is often referred to as ‘civil society’, the individual and the collective, and the local and international. She does this through a discussion of sovereignty and citizenship; the growing nexus between militarism, masculinism and fundamentalism; and the rapid shrinking of democratic spaces in the country.
    ISBN: 9694025052
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: SHIFTING BODY POLITICS
    Author: SHAHNAZ ROUSE

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  • AGRICULTURE IN PAKISTAN

    Agriculture in Pakistan has come a long way since 1947. Much has changed but it remains a dominant sector of the national economy. This book contains a critical analysis of the transformation process that agriculture has undergone in Pakistan. The analysis is based on a wealth of past and current data and an extensive review of literature. The book begins with a bird’s eye view of the changing role of agriculture in the national economy, its overall performance, and references to some of the underlying factors. It looks at the effects of agriculture on rural income distribution and poverty. It then focuses on the natural resource base for agricultural growth and examines changes in the production and productivity of crops and livestock. These changes are given an institutional context in terms of farm structures by ownership of and tenure on land and their differences in the use of resources and farm enterprises (crops and livestock), followed by an analysis of markets for agricultural products, resources and inputs. This completes the production and marketing processes. Finally, it addresses two important questions. Who are the main players in the process of change in Pakistan’s agriculture? What role has public policy played in terms of its effects on the observed changes and outcomes?
    ISBN: 9694025028
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: CHANGE AND PROGRESS 1947-2005
    Author: MAHMOOD HASAN K

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