Paperback review: Pakistan on the Brink, By Ahmed Rashid
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 22 March 2013
This serious-minded book – not as fatalistic as its title – is just as much about Afghanistan as it is about Pakistan.
Its central argument revolves around the belief that while this beleaguered nation is teetering on the edge of a precipice, the situation is salvageable. For Rashid, this is also the case for Afganistan.
Holding Turkey up as an example of how a previously volatile state can turn itself around, he thinks Pakistan can do the same if it lets go of its paranoia, while Afghanistan’s solution is a regional one.
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