Military Agency, Politics and the State in Pakistan


Author : Ejaz Hussain

9788187374770 | HB | pp. 466 | 2013 | Samskriti

This book seeks to explain why the military intervenes in Pakistan’s politics. With regard to this core question, it is maintained, theoretically as well as empirically, that the military has intervened in Pakistan’s politics for its own political interests. The military instrumentalizes its political power to maximizes its economic interests as an independent actor.

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The essays collected in this volume explore the relationship between political and social censorship, and, more significantly, the rise of an insidious communal censorship that seeks to divide civil society and intimidate all those who value the gift of free speech as they burn books, silence dissent, destroy works of art, and intimidate the artist, researcher, writer, film-maker, actor, and free thinker. More specifically he examines the uses and abuses of the law, the case of harassing Husain, the Danish ‘Toon’ controversy, and the right to strike. The author argues, unrepentantly, that free speech has to be preserved in the overcrowded spaces of the media, on the streets and in the open spaces of our mind, against the onslaught of corporatism, doubtful governance and invidious divisiveness. Freedom of the mind and the right to self-expression and argument can only survive if intolerance is met with tolerance, and tolerance is not seen as weakness.

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About the Author

Ejaz Hussain holds PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University (2010). In addition, he obtained M.Sc in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University (2003) and an M.A. in Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden (2006). Moreover, as a former DAAD fellow he was affiliated with South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, where his research focused on civil-military relations in Pakistan. Dr Hussain has authored Military Agency, Politics and the State in Pakistan (2013) along with contribution to peer-reviewed journals. Moreover, Dr Ejaz has contributed his opinion to Daily Times, The Friday Times, Newsline and the BBC. He has previously worked at COMSATS, Islamabad, and Forman Christian College, Lahore. Currently, he is the head of department of social sciences, Iqra University, Islamabad.


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