ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PAKISTAN-On Verge of Major Upheaval

On Verge of Major Upheaval? S Akbar Zaidi THE ancient Chinese curse 'may you live in interesting times' seems particularly apt for Pakistan. We in Pakistan have always lived in interesting times. In fact, the 50th year of our independence may prove to be the most interesting of all time in an eventful and colourful past. Military and constitutional coups. political intrigue, assassination, murder, and hangings of political opponents, persistent and escalating ethnic and sectarian strife, secession of the majority province, and a host of other political and constitutional issues have defined the nature of society in Pakistan. Economic chaos, mismanagement, corruption and in more recent years, complete subservience to the World Bank and the IMF have characterised economic policy in the country. For both political and economic reasons, it has been suggested by many observers that Pakistan's economy has been brought close to financial collapse on numerous occasions. In the last 10 years alone, four elected governments have been summari ly dismissed by the president of the country three separate presidents, incidentally - on grounds of corruption and for ruining the economy and bringing it to the verge of default and collapse.

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