This informal hybrid regime is not a panacea.
Dr Niaz Murtaza
History has lessons for India and Pakistan.
Cultural change does not precede but may follow rapid progress.
Armchair analysts fail to produce concrete evidence.
Studies are needed to unpack the city’s mysteries.
All actors practise patronage politics.
Early Muslim practice was anti-autocracy.
Unique political systems cannot be copy-pasted.
Our trajectory is not a melodramatic one.
Pakistan is afflicted with high levels of un-governability.
Coup options have reduced but resistance to them has grown.
Many expect the generals and judges to deliver a clean system.
That Trump’s xenophobia attracts millions in the US raises concerns.
Stern action will not quickly unleash the desired clean leadership.
The liberalism debate largely focuses on the social realm only.
Many states receive more slaps than kisses from the US.
Leadership determines a party’s quality of democracy.
There are actually two unconnected CPECs.
Invariably, democracies get better and autocracies worse with time.
We lack a written strategy which takes stock of past issues.