Political Conflict in Pakistan
Routledge – 2013 – 240 pages
Political Conflict in Pakistan addresses the issue of political instability in the country. While Pakistan is moving into the second decade of the 21st century, its long-standing conflicts have acquired a new level of intensity and brutality. This not only threatens the sovereign existence of the country but also demonstrates its potential of destabilizing the regional order. The book brings out the dynamics of conflict in the state and society and explores the potential for conflict transformation in the foreseeable future.
Combining a high standard of scholarship, awareness of the full range of scholarly work on Pakistan, and an understanding of the dynamics of day-to-day politics, this book offers a thorough analysis of the present political situation in Pakistan. It puts forward the author’s argument that Pakistan emerged as a migrant state after independence, which turned the country into an elitist state. A fresh analysis of different areas of the Pakistani state, including the politics of Islam, ethnicity, law and politics and foreign policy, the book will be an essential read for students of South Asia.
1. Introduction 2. The partitioning agenda and the migrant state 3. Constitutional dilemmas: Diarchy, federalism and judicial activism 4. An adversarial model of elections: Political parties, issues, leadership, campaign, voting patterns 5. Civil-military conflict 6. Politics of Islam: From secularism to sectarianism and from ballot to bullet 7. Ethnicity: Identity, provincial autonomy and militancy 8. Reconstructing the state: Bureaucratic reform, devolution and affirmative action 9. Pakistan and the world 10. Conclusion
Mohammad Waseem is Professor in Political Science, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.