Whenever I read or listen to any news about Pakistan, good or bad, curiosity creeps in. I have a couple of friends in our neighbouring state and what I know is they lead a normal life, like I do here in India. But at some level, I have always wanted to know what is wrong with this country which is always in news for negative reasons mostly. I feel What’s Wrong With Pakistan? by Babar Ayaz has managed to answer some of my questions about this state. While I was reading the book, I thought that writing a review for this book is going to be a tricky business. Why? Because the things mentioned in the book are quite volatile because the author has been exceptionally upfront in stating the facts and drawing inferences from them.
Triggering an outrage is the last thing on my mind while I write this review but because I have read this book slowly and have pondered on everything written in it, I think this book deserves to be read. Not because it will give you reasons to hate the country but because it is well written. Pakistan has been branded as “the most dangerous state of the world” and “epicentre of terrorism”, why? This book may be able to satisfy your curiosity. There are some 34 chapters divided into 6 parts in this book and you feel like you are reading a racy thriller.
Right from the preface till the very last page of this book, the author has pinpointed various things that would trigger myriad of thoughts. He starts with genetic defects in the Pakistan and discusses that a country foundation was based on religion and there are so many things that have gone in there in this 66 year old nation. Each chapter of this book opens a whole new area for a person reading it.
In the second part of the book, the author talks about Bangladesh, Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Paktunkhwa, Punjab and various provinces. What went wrong with all these places and who got the maximum benefit. While the author tags Bangladesh as a lost colony, he tells how Khyber Paktunkhwa got its lost identity. Sindh turned out to be a major loser and Punjab was the place that got major benefits.
Religion, a subject that I try not to discuss much in my life as well because of the reasons well known to each one of us. The author has discussed Islam and how it is being exploited in Pakistan. He also discusses Zia’s controversial Islamic laws and the Islamic ideology’s influence on popular media in this portal. Along with that, there is a whole chapter on unbridled growth of Mosques, Madrassahs and Jihadi groups in this country.
In the 4th part of the book, Babar Ayaz has discussed and The Jihad, Pakistan’s military and how Jihadi’s have infiltrated it. I personally felt this particular section of the book went in a no-holds-barred manner and the author is exceptionally courageous to pen down something like this. Next section deals with the foreign policies of the state. Its relations with US, India,China and other neighbouring countries along with the wrongs and rights about them.
The last section of the book is more about drawing inferences from whatever was discussed earlier in the book. Religious extremism, secularism, democracy are the topics which have been discussed keeping Pakistan in focus. The author also discusses the state’s future beyond 2013 and also suggests some measures to curb what is currently happening there to improve the condition in almost every domain.
Overall, this book will definitely throw strong light on various areas that have been discussed in it. For someone like me, who knows what is wrong but didn’t had any idea about why things were so wrong, this book has been a boon. Now I somehow understand the dynamics of this country and what exactly is driving it and the hindrances involved in the process. Babar Ayaz’s What’s Wrong With Pakistan? will definitely impress you, if not the content then for sure the way it is written, comprehensive and hitting the nail hard.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Hay House
Genre : Politics/Current Affairs
Price : Rs.599/-