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    Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Lieven (Chechnya), who has reported on Pakistan Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Politics & Social Sciences . Read "Pakistan: A Hard Country A Hard Country" by Anatol Lieven available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. In this remarkable book Anatol Lieven, who lived and worked in Pakistan for written with deep understanding and affection for the country' Christina Lamb.

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    Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost million people. Pakistan A Hard Country Authored by Anatol Lieven. In this book the author takes the reader on a revealing journey through that troubled country. Departing.

    Shelves: politics , identity , history , sociology , pakistan It is almost obligatory these days to subtitle books on Pakistan with some conjunction of 'failed', 'dangerous', 'lawless', 'deadly', 'frightening' or 'tumultuous'. Pakistan is a 'tinderbox', forever on the brink, in the eye of the storm, or descending into chaos. It is an 'Insh'allah nation' where people passively wait for Allah. In the narrow space 'between the mosque and the military', there is much 'crisis', 'terrorism', 'militancy' and 'global jihad. Lieven, currently a fellow at the New America Foundation, argues that some of the alarmist claims about Pakistan are indeed true - it is a corrupt, chaotic, violent, oppressive and unjust country. But it is also a remarkably resilient one. It is not nearly as unequal as India or Nigeria, or for that matter the United States. Its security is beset by multiple insurgencies but they affect a smaller proportion of its territory than the ones India faces. Its cities are violent, but no more so than those of comparable size in Latin or even North America. It has an abysmally low rate of tax collection, but, at five percent of the GDP, it also has one of the world's highest rates of charitable donations. It is no doubt corrupt, but this is due less to the absence of values than to the enduring grip of the old ones of loyalty to family and clan. Beneath the chaotic surface, the country is held together by the underlying structures of kinship and patronage which account for its relative stability.

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    These institutions, he suggests, were British colonial impositions that never struck deep roots in Pakistan. Even where the 2 outward forms persist, they have always been corrupted and manipulated, usually of course in the interests of the rich. No wonder that both, various kinds of informal justice and the savage but comparatively swift and transparent processes of shariah, have so strong an appeal.

    Lieven has attempted to paint a textured, complex portrait of the military and ISI. The army is the one Pakistani institution that works.

    It is organised, disciplined and defined by its post-Partition insecurity towards India. This is certainly not a new line of thought, but one that is fully investigated. Pakistan's anti-Indian agenda is still confused for a radical Islamist agenda in the West and Lieven surgically unravels the details.

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    Pakistan's apprehension over being swallowed up, or surrounded, if India begins to involve itself in Afghanistan's affairs has led to the army's union with the Afghan Taliban. Yet off the home front, the ISI has helped to defeat the threat of terror in the Western world, its assistance "absolutely vital" to preventing more attacks on Britain, US and Europe.

    There exist a point to argue here i. A fuller discussion of why he rejects ideas of the ISI as all-powerful would have given better clarity.

    Lieven presents argument about the insurgency in the west of Pakistan and does not expect the collapse of the state as it is only the latest in a series of such uprisings that have marked that region over many centuries.

    In his perspective it is embedded in the rapid social changes that have occurred along the porous border with Afghanistan. The war against the Taliban into which they have been conscripted by the Allies, who might have been Pakistan's protectors but who now show a clear "tilt towards India". Another complicating factor is the army's campaign against the Pakistani Taliban, who are a direct threat to the nation, though officers are reluctant to wage violence on fellow-Muslims on the orders of the West.

    Lieven is perhaps too quick to dismiss the impact that the rapid urbanisation and growth of the last decades have had on the strength of organised political Islamism and, perhaps more important, the consolidation of what could usefully be described as an Islamic-nationalist worldview across huge sections of Pakistani society. The dismissal does not have 3 enough arguments on its side as it is the urban middle class that is the classic constituency of such ideologies.

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