Can Pakistan Survive by tariq Ali

By tariq Ali

Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. he's a member of the editorial committee of the recent Left assessment and Sin Permiso, and frequently contributes to The parent, CounterPunch, and the London evaluate of Books.

He is the writer of numerous books, together with Can Pakistan live on? The loss of life of a nation (1983) , Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of wish (2006), Conversations with Edward stated (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and conflict of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007) and the lately released The Duel (2008)

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An attempt was made to create a cohesive ruling class, a stable ruling party and a permanent constitution: but all these attempts failed, and the decades that followed exacerbated the 'crisis of identity' that had consistently confounded the ideologists of the new state. The specific characteristics of the Pakistani state were a reflection of the particular political contradictions which dominated it from the very begin­ ning and acquired a more explosive character with the passage of time. The single most important amongst these was the impossibility for the rulers of Pakistan to implement the universal principles of a bourgeois democratic state: adult franchise, regular general elections, political liberties, creation of a national market, etc.

Khan, was a Muslim), the League leader released a press statement to the Bombay Free Press Journal. After the usual banalities concerning the grievances of the men, he made a direct communal appeal: I appeal to all R I N [Royal Indian Navy] men not to play into the hands of those who want to create trouble and exploit those on strike for their own ends. I urge upon them to restore normal conditions and let us handle the situation . . I, therefore, appeal to the ratings of the R I N to call off the strike and to the public in general not to add to the difficulties of the situation.

Politics from the top was failing to deliver anything. The purchase of legis­ lators by rival parties became a national scandal. Suhrawardy was only to last a year in office. Foreign Policy Jinnah, in a number of press statements, had indicated that the foreign policy of the Pakistani state would be non-aligned. This proved to be yet another unfulfilled hope. The post-war world saw the emergence of the United States as the dominant Western power. The decline of British im­ perialism reflected the precarious condition of the world's first major indus­ trial power.

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