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Pakistan in no a Failed State

by Hassan Bilal Consultant
Pakistan not a failed state, says British author
Far from what the Western media often tends to imply and the prophets of doom predict, Pakistan certainly is not a failed state and shouldn’t be viewed as one. It is a coherent state, which should be viewed within the limits and the standards of the region it is situated in rather than those of the West.

This encouraging observation was made by Anatol Lieven, professor of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at the King’s College, London, at a talk titled, “Pakistan: a hard country”, an evaluation of his book with the same title, at the Oxford University Press’s head office on Saturday evening. However, he cautioned that it could become a failed state if the outlook in many spheres of activity, among the powers that mattered, were not geared to present-day realities and pragmatism.

Lieven said that the analysis presented in his book was against the backdrop of the Afghan militancy. The spillover of this militancy into the region, he said, had been analysed in the book in the light of the roots of power in Pakistan which had cultural and religious overtones. This he said was to a considerable extent, responsible for the terrorism and militancy in Pakistan.

Religion, he said, had many different faces in Pakistan which was so evident from the visibly diverse collective psyches of Punjab and Karachi. However, he said, what compensated for this diversity was the resilience Pakistan had always displayed in times of crises.

It was this resilience, he said, which had helped Pakistan contain to some extent the insurgency which could have been much worse. Since 2009, he said, insurgency had become really endemic but still Pakistan contained it well.

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