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Military, Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy Pakistan occupies a paradoxical, even contradictory place in American foreign policy Nominally a strategic ally in the war on terror, it is the third largest recipient of US aid in the world At the same time, it is run by its military and intelligence service whose goals certainly do not always overlap with US priorities This book offers a close look at what the rise of the military has meant for Pakistani society Ayesha Siddiqa shows how entrenched the military has become, not just in day to day governance, but in the Pakistani corporate sector as well What are the consequences of this unprecedented merging of the military and corporate sectors What does it mean for Pakistan s economic development let alone for hopes of an eventual return to democracy and de militarization This new edition brings Siddiqa s account fully up to date with a new preface and conclusion that emphasize the changing role of the media



10 thoughts on “Military, Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy

  1. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    Stephen Cohen defines the Pakistan army succinctly, there are three types of armies that guard their nation s borders, there are those that are concerned by protecting their own position in society, and there are those which defend a cause or an idea The Pakistan army does all three.Islamic Pakistan was defined in reaction to a Hindu India.Another interesting observation is that the Army was sort of encouraged by Jinnah t


  2. Omama. Omama. says:

    Extremely dry, but equally mind blowing The book has a very detailed explanation and well substantiated account of financial hegemony in the Pakistan Military From corn flakes to Urea products, education sector to transportation, housing schemes to running commercial enterprises, stealing river water to having stud farms, is there LITERALLY any pie the military hasn t its finger in Even military awards are linked with the gran


  3. Aasem Bakhshi Aasem Bakhshi says:

    Overall, an educating read But one that doesn t leave impressions as far as quality of research and analysis is concerned Seems like an hurriedly published work.


  4. Muneeb Salman Muneeb Salman says:

    According to Francis Fukuyama, colonial powers left three institutions in former colonies as a legacy after decolonization, namely bureaucracy, military and democracy The bureaucracy and military was strengthened by the colonial governments in order to maintain a strong control over domestic environment Democracy however did not flourish and people were not used to self government After decolonization, the nascent states had strong inst


  5. Muhammad Arqum Muhammad Arqum says:

    Can be difficult and slightly too technical at times, but nevertheless, provides an unprecedented insight into the hush hush no go territory.


  6. Bajwa M Bajwa M says:

    The last line of the 2017 edition epilogue is The soft martial law is here to stay I couldn t agreeIn terms of a good leader, Pakistan has been out of luck after Jinnah Founding father wanted a moderate, liberal and progressive country for Muslims of sub continent and also for minorities as well But that didn t suit us We, the authoritarian and feudal type illiterate and ignorant people, couldn t stand none of those principles That s exactly what


  7. Aymen Aymen says:

    Hmmm..i don t know it leaves a lot to be desired there was too much repetition of the same points over and over again which I felt was just to prolong it enough to call it a book It could have easily been shrunk into an essay Like one reviewer mentioned, had she included short interviews of retired officials it would have made an interesting read It seemed like an amalgamation of few books that she read for her research to write this one Yes, there we


  8. Aayan Mirza Aayan Mirza says:

    I started reading the book back in April 2017, and it took me some 13 days less than a year to complete the first forty percent of the book And in those 13 days afterwards, I was done with the entire book It wasn t a straight read, of course, I dropped it, and picked it couple of times in between But the major reason that kept discouraging me everytime I would pick the book up was the content in that part, which was not only extremely technical, but also p


  9. Usman Arif Usman Arif says:

    An insightful look into the depth of the Pakistan military s interference into the country s economy The book itself sometimes is hard to get through due to numerous facts and tables and numbers presented, but the payout is worth it The reader will leave with plenty of information about the military s economic interests and how political power has been manipulated over the country s history to facilitate economic profits for the military.


  10. Omer farooq Omer farooq says:

    well this is a book seen through the spectacles of an economist cum think tank to military as a machine where it is working as a parasite on economy of a common man categorizing the largest armies of the world in terms of their size and damage they are doing to a market of common men.i term it a biased and belligerent effort against the national cause and various issues pertinent to the great game,i might b bit exasperating.


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