Pakistan: Fifty Years of Nationhood

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Westview Press, 1999 - History - 250 pages
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Although it achieved independence in 1947, Pakistan still has not succeeded in integrating its diverse peoples into a nationÑas its short yet turbulent history vividly demonstrates. The nationÕs search for stability is traced in this revised and updated introduction to PakistanÕs political, economic, and social development. New chapters detail political developments since 1991, including the elections of 1993 and 1996. Economic changes, including the financial crisis that led to the fall of Benazir BhuttoÕs government in 1996, are given particular attention. Also included is an extensive analysis of the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan, an issue of global concern.

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Shahid Javed Burki was educated at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and at Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. BurkiÕs career at the World Bank began in 1974 with appointment as senior economist of the Policy Planning and Program Review Department. In 1982 he was appointed director of the International Relations Department, and later served as director of the China Department. He then began a two-year stint as Finance and Planning Minister of the Pakistani government. Burki was a also member of the care-taker government that took office following the dismissal of Ms. Bhutto; he was in charge of the portfolios of finance, planning and economic affairs. Mr. Burki has since re-joined the World Bank as vice-president of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office.Burki has written extensively on the political economy of both China and Pakistan.

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