The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation

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The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation

The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation

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There’s been periodic uprising by disgruntled Sindhis, Pashtuns, and Balochs, always directed at Punjab and military-centric governments. His travels across the country took him from the raucous port of Karachi to the gilded salons of Lahore to the lawless frontier of Waziristan, compiling a portrait of this land of contradictions through the people. Dip Into NEW PAPERBACKS [jsb_filter_by_tags count="15" show_more="10" sort_by="total_products"/] A selection of recent paperbacks. Wilkinson et al (2021) also explored this in the National Geographic article ‘ A Line in the Mountains’ which explores the boundaries in this territory claimed by Pakistan, China and India due to the unclear maps created after Pakistan’s formation in 1947 and the resulting disputes.

The reader is immersed in a series of colorful stories that encapsulate the contradictory facets of Pakistan. I found Mr Walsh’s book an effortless and enthralling read which beautifully captured the idiosyncrasies, contortions and anachronisms that embody what Pakistan is today. The Diplomat’s Shah Meer Baloch interviewed Declan Walsh about his latest book, Pakistan, regional politics, media freedom, and more. Significantly, the book opens in 2013 during the election between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, which indicates Walsh’s focus on the history of political tensions and how Pakistan didn’t want a similar ‘blood-soaked independence of 1947’ (pg xviii). He had worked with the spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and painted a frank picture of how the agency worked from the inside.Most of the time he is not looking for trouble, and it is hard not to envy him all the parties and feasts to which he finds himself invited. It says a lot about Pakistan’s bloody history that only one of the nine subjects is still alive by the end of the book. Walsh points out that the popular picture in the West is that Pakistan is a drab and boring place, filled with dour religious fanatics and closed minds. With the Taliban feeling increasingly emboldened, President-elect Biden must adopt a new and more practicable strategy for the region that is not based solely on military and security compulsions but includes future-oriented economic and political plans, working with international organizations and partners to achieve common goals.

Painting a vivid portrait of a country that has long been in flux, Walsh provides us with a narrative that is rich with nuanced storytelling as well as in-depth information about contemporary Pakistan and its complex social and political situation. Despite being a complex read, The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation is compelling, and it is worth persevering since it provides a detailed personal discovery of an extremely interesting country.In Chapter 9, when discussing ‘The War of the Flea’ he focuses on the Balochistan separationists and guerrilla warfare. Sacred landscapes, geographical hotspots where cultures, religions and trade routes meet, the remote and the metropolitan - and humanity'. Over seven years later, Walsh’s second book “ The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation,” was published by Bloomsbury UK on September 3. The writing style is fluid and you can read through the entire book in one shot without not being impressed on the detials and content.

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