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  • FRONTIER STATIONS

    This book chronicles the author?s account of his public service of over forty years while serving at the highest levels of civil governments in different provinces of Pakistan, including the Tribal Areas, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir. The author records his account from his own distinct perspective.

    The book is insightful and remarkable in its authenticity and frankness. It is both a personal memoir and a reflection on Pakistan?s system of administration. Durrani has an insider?s view of many of the critical issues of governance and development which Pakistan faces. His long career covers a critical period of Pakistan?s recent history and he is a valuable witness to it. The book will be of interest not only to the reading public of Pakistan but to specialists, academics, diplomats, journalists and development practitioners.

     2,750
  • A PRINCELY AFFAIR

    West Pakistan, on 15 August 1947, was less than half its present size. Nearly a year of negotiations, arguments, threats, and even chance, brought nine princely states into the Pakistani fold. Thereafter followed a long and staggered process of integration.
    Using hitherto unused and inaccessible primary sources, this path-breaking book completes the story of the creation of Pakistan. In charting the accession and integration of the princely states, this book shows the complicated and often botched processes of the consolidation of Pakistan. The problems emanating from this early period, haphazard constitutional integration, weak local political forces, the insurgency in Balochistan since 1948, and a weak sense of national identity and citizenship, remain with Pakistan today.

     1,100
  • PAKISTAN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    Pakistan in the Twentieth Century analyses both the vision and the reality of a South Asian polity. Beginning with an examination of the people and forces that shaped the construction of an independent and predominantly Muslim state within the subcontinent, this historical study describes the events and the work of the many personalities who influenced Pakistan?s development in the fifty years following the transfer of power. The reality of the Pakistan of today differs markedly from the vision of the founders of Pakistan.

     800
  • PAKISTAN-A DREAM GONE SOUR

    Fifty years after its creation, Pakistan continues its search for stability. In August 1947, at the time of independence, Pakistan symbolized the wishes and expectations of the Muslims of the subcontinent, united under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    In August 1997, there seems to be a crisis of public confidence in the country?s future. The reality of today?s Pakistan is very different from the dream. This book is in the main the story of six of Pakistan?s Presidents Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Z. A. Bhutto, Ziaul Haq, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, and Farooq Leghari?each of whom has, in his own way, directly or indirectly, contributed to the sense of betrayal and loss of confidence that is prevalent in the country. The author also examines the question of where sovereignty really lies in Pakistan and analyses critically the roles not only for the six presidents, but also of politicians, bureaucrats, judiciary, and the armed forces, and concludes with an assessment of the implications for Pakistan?s democracy of recent political events.

     1,050
  • LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE BOMB

    This work highlights and explores the elements that went into the formulation of Pakistan?s nuclear policy. It covers the history of the evolution of Pakistan?s nuclear weapons management system, including its nuclear doctrine and the measures in place to secure and safeguard them.

    ?The book?s great significance lies in the fact that it tackles the little known subject of nuclear learning most comprehensively in all its dimensions. With great clarity and balance, the author clearly highlights the discernible aspects of Pakistan?s learning experience and establishes beyond doubt that Pakistan has learnt from crises events and has evolved into a responsible nuclear weapons state with effective command, control, and custodial arrangements in place.?

     1,295
  • PAKISTAN: THE WAY FORWARD

    Pakistan – The Way Forward is a candid analysis of the challenges that Pakistan faces. It is based on first-hand knowledge of the country s problems, recounted in a forthright manner. It reflects a bright, young Pakistani s understanding of the system, its weaknesses and strengths, institutional imbalances, the resulting threats and possible ways to correct them. Afnan Ullah Khan takes a holistic view, encompassing the key issues that bear on the country s present and future. He comes up with a set of ideas that gives the reader a pause to ponder.

     900
  • GUJARAT UNDER MODI

    In 2012 Narendra Modi became the first Hindu nationalist politician thrice elected to lead a state of the Indian Union, his stewardship as Chief Minister of Gujarat being the longest in that state?s history. Modi and his BJP supporters explained his achievement by pointing to economic growth under his leadership, yet detractors point out that Modi has been more business-friendly than market-friendly?to the benefit of large industrial corporations, and at the cost of great social polarisation. In 2002, an anti-Muslim pogrom of unparalleled ferocity occurred in Gujarat, leading to the biggest number of Muslim deaths since Partition. The state?s Hindu majority immediately rallied around Modi. No serious riot has occurred in Gujarat since, but polarisation was key to Modi?s strategy there, and he has deployed that strategy again and again since he became Prime Minister of India in 2014. For Modi has cultivated a communal image. A marketing genius, his messaging combines the politics of Hindutva with economic modernisation, to the clear appreciation of Gujarat?s middle class. Christophe Jaffrelot?s revealing book shows how Modi?s Gujarat served as the laboratory of Modi?s India, not only in terms of Hindu majoritarianism and national populism, but also of caste and class politics.

    ISBN: 9781849044295
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: LABORATORY OF TODAY’S INDIA
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

     7,745
  • THE RITUAL OF ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN 1970 – 2018

    Writing on the eve of Pakistan’s twelfth general election scheduled for February 2024, the author narrates, analyzes and reflects on all the eleven general elections which have preceded it. The narrative is an easy flowing blend of history and empirical data. The book provides user-friendly access to the Gallup & Gilani Index of Electoral Record which is a carefully crafted data set constituting the voting history of the nearly three hundred million Pakistanis who have ever turned up to vote since 1970. In addition, the book provides access to a Gallup + Gilani compiled census of Pakistan’s political class. The census lists and informs on the size of the vote banks and the party affiliations of more than 8,000 members of this class who contested an election to the National Assembly since 2002.
    Going beyond objective data and historical facts, the author reflects on why elections alone do not deliver democracy and good government. He proposes to restructure Pakistan’s electoral geography by creating 40 sub-provinces as the new platforms of political power and authority. The author’s prognosis is that Pakistan’s current political crisis has been sparked by the unmet power-sharing aspirations of a new political class. He believes they deserve to be listened-to and provided with new and numerous platforms of political authority as the existing ones are too few and already overcrowded by the deserving and the undeserving.
    ISBN: 9789697162819
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: A PROCESS WITHOUT A PRODUCT
    Author: DR IJAZ SHAFI GILANI

     1,995
  • BALOCHISTAN

    Balochistan has been facing innumerable challenges since Pakistan?s independence. Resentment and socio-political turmoil in Baloch society have been feuled by the federation?s denial of Balochistan?s rightful share of resources and funds: a recognition of this injustice by the state has long been needed. Fida Hussain Malik’s book is a seminal work providing deep insights into the issues of Balochistan. It will help create a deeper understanding and promote a well-integrated Federation-Province relationship.
    ISBN: 9789697162703
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: A CONFLICT OF NARRATIVES
    Author: FIDA HUSSAIN MALIK

     2,950
  • STATE AND SUBJECT FORMATION IN SOUTH ASIA

    The extraordinarily visible and ubiquitous presence of the state in most of South Asia points to its overarching power. The states unbridled reach also suggests its importance as a locus for societal hopes, frustrations, and aspirations. However, scholarship on Pakistan (and to a lesser degree, South Asia more broadly), has offered few systematic attempts to address the complexity of these state-society relations. This edited volume is an attempt in this direction. A defining feature of this volume is its focus on the state and society through a critical engagement with the theoretical openings offered by Michel Foucault. Prime among these lenses is the replacement of the concept of citizens with subjects, i.e. individuals whose modes of thinking and acting are shaped and governed by the intrusive arms of the state-apparatus. The contribution of the book is not simply theoretical; each chapter is deeply grounded in a South Asian context, with a sizable majority of chapters focusing specifically on Pakistan. The captivating case studies that lie at the heart of each chapter allow us to step into those domains of state-society relations everyday life, discourses, rituals, etc that have been largely ignored in other studies on the state in Pakistan.
    ISBN: 9789697340163
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: AMEN JAFFER

     995
  • ASIA STRUGGLES WITH DEMOCRACY


    ISBN: 9781138319677
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle: EVIDENCE FROM INDONESIA, KOREA AND THAILAND

    Author: GIOVANNA MARIA DORA DORE

     15,736
  • FROM PLASSEY TO PAKISTAN


    ISBN: 9789690016218
    Publisher: FEROZESONS
    Subtitle: THE FAMILY HISTORY OF ISKANDER

    Author: HUMAYUN MIRZA

     1,550
  • EAST PAKISTAN TO BANGLADESH


    ISBN: 9789699368639
    Publisher: UMT PRESS
    Subtitle:

    Author: BRIG R. SAADULLAH KHAN

     650
  • QAUM, MULK, SULTANAT

    After the trauma of mass violence and massive population movements around the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, both new nation states faced the enormous challenge of creating new national narratives, symbols, and histories, as well as a new framework for their political life. While leadership in India claimed the anti-colonial movement, Gandhi, and a civilizational legacy in the subcontinent, the new political elite in Pakistan were faced with a more complex task: to carve out a separate and distinct Muslim history and political tradition from a millennium long history of cultural and religious interaction, mixing, and coexistence. Drawing on a rich archive of diverse sources, Ali Qasmi traces the complex development of ideas of citizenship and national belonging in the postcolonial Muslim state, offering a nuanced and sweeping history of the country s formative period. Qasmi paints a rich picture of the long, arduous, and often conflict-ridden process of writing a democratic constitution of Pakistan, while simultaneously narrating the invention of a range of new rituals of state?such as the exact color of the flag, the precise date of birth of the national poet of Pakistan, and the observation of Eid as a “national festival”?providing an illuminating analysis of the practices of being Pakistani, and a new portrait of Muslim history in the subcontinent.
    ISBN: 9789696403012
    Publisher: ILQA PUBLICATIONS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ALI USMAN QASMI

     1,999
  • REIMAGINING PAKISTAN

    Pakistan has meant different things to different people since its birth seven decades ago. Armed with nuclear weapons and dominated by the military and militants, it is variously described around the world as dangerous, unstable, a terrorist incubator and the land of the intolerant. Much of Pakistans dysfunction is attributable to an ideology tied to religion and to hostility with the country out of which it was carved out India. But 95 per cent of Pakistans 210 million people were born after Partition, as Pakistanis, and cannot easily give up on their home. In his book, Husain Haqqani; one of the most important commentators on Pakistan in the world today; calls for a bold re-conceptualization of the country. Reimagining Pakistan offers a candid discussion of Pakistans origins and its current failings, with suggestions for reconsidering its ideology, and identifies a national purpose greater than the rivalry with India. With the additional Afterword he has brought the narrative up to date.

     


    ISBN: 9789352777699
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: TRANSFORMING A DYSFUNCTIONAL NUCLEAR STATE
    Author: HUSAIN HAQQANI

     1,795
  • PAKISTAN’S DRIFT INTO EXTREMISM


    ISBN: 9780765614971
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle:
    ALLAH, THE ARMY, AND AMERICA’S WAR ON TERROR
    Author: HASSAN ABBAS

     1,495
  • 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

     11,605 15,475
  • 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

     3,995
  • 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

     3,995