Whither Pakistan

2013 promises to be a year of big transitions in Pakistan, including a historic change of guard in the civilian government, and the retirements of General Kayani and the CJ, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The World Tonight on Radio 4 aired a special on Wednesday that highlighted some interesting differences of opinion on whither Pakistan. Although most of the panellists repeatedly said that Pakistan’s salvation lies solely within the framework of democracy, there were some who voiced the opinion that the country had done better under a military dictatorship.

Gallup recently released an opinion survey that backed this up. Fully 88% of those surveyed supported the military, while the civilian government’s approval rating fell to 23%.

A small segment by yours truly on the economic prospects (TL;DR: Grim) features from around 15 minutes in.

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