Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy

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Pluto Press, May 9, 2007 - History - 292 pages
Pakistan has emerged as a strategic ally of the United States in the "war on terror." It is the third largest recipient of U.S. aid in the world. But how stable is Pakistan? Ayesha Siddiqa shows how the military has gradually gained control of Pakistan's political, social, and economic resources. T his power has transformed Pakistani society, where the armed forces have become an independent class.

The military is entrenched in the corporate sector and controls the country's largest companies and large tracts of real estate. So Pakistan's companies and its main assets are in the hands of a tiny minority of senior army officials. Siddiqa examines this military economy and the consequences of merging the military and corporate sectors. Does democracy have a future in the new Pakistan? Will the generals ever withdraw to the barracks. Military Inc. analyzes the internal and external dynamics of this gradual power-building and the impact that it is having on Pakistan's political and economic development.

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ayesha sidiqa as like her name has told the truth which only she can dear to say. In a poor country like pakistan milbus is nothing but the blood of the poor slot of the society . Only mass mobilization is the solution of such a big problem. we wish it has some effect on the our Generals, so called Saviour of the state 

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A lively book depicting how the military in encroaching into the civil society for the last 60 years of pakistan's history. Read full review


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Ayesha Siddiqa is a military analyst with a PhD in War Studies from King_s College, London. She contributes regularly to Jane's Defence Weekly. She was the _Pakistan Scholar_ at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars at Washington, DC for 2004-05.

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