Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy

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Pluto Press, May 9, 2007 - History - 292 pages
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"This bold book explains why it will be so difficult to persuade the Pakistani military to renounce political power and return to the barracks. It is a must read for anyone who cares about Pakistan or its future." Lee H. Hamilton, President and Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars"Siddiqa demonstrates [how] economic impunity and political impunity are closely related."Nicole Ball, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy, Washington DC"No one else has so comprehensively [explained] the army's involvement in Pakistan's economy, nor linked it so clearly with the army's growing and seemingly permanent role in Pakistan's politics." Stephen P. Cohen, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings"Complex, riveting, absorbing, Siddiqa has written a vitally important book which enhances our understanding of the army on the front line in the war on terror."Ahmed Rashid, Far Eastern Economic Review"An incisive look at the largely hidden economic empire run by and for the benefit of Pakistan's military. This courageous book will not please Pakistan's generals. But no Pakistani, civilian or military, can afford to ignore its sobering analysis." Robert M. Hathaway, Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsPakistan is a strategic ally of the US in the "war on terror". It is the third largest receiver of US aid in the world. Yet Pakistan is a state run by its army.Siddiqa shows how the power of the military has transformed Pakistani society, where the armed forces have become an independent class. The military is entrenched in the corporate sector. 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? Will the generals ever withdraw to the barracks? Military Inc. analyses 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 Pakistani military scientist, geostrategist, author, and former bureaucrat and political commentator.

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