The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, is a sign. For the first time, the glaring reality, that Pakistan is a failed state is sinking in. We are viewing a train-wreck, with everyone on board. Pakistan has very recently passed the tipping point. The stage is all set. All that is missing now is a religious revolution. Ahh yes, this will be the end of cricket for Pakistan. One thing’s for sure: If there’s been a real loser in the War On Terror, it’s Pakistan. The long suffering, faction-ridden country is in serious trouble. A hideous alignment of simultaneous problems is starting to break the structure of the country.
The situation in Pakistan has been developing in ways even dedicated professional pessimists would have tried to avoid thinking about. The “Sharia for peace” initiative (see Subhabrata Das' previous DJ article
) has been variously described as a victory for the Taliban, and a defeat for Islamabad. In practice, it’s likely to be a defeat for Pakistan as a whole.
Pakistan’s real problem is having far too many factions and opposing forces inside a country which can’t afford the constant polarizations and mutual obstruction. Some people may have forgotten that Pakistan was at one stage on its way to becoming a modern nation, with a miniature version of India’s middle class, and some prosperity.
Currently, Pakistan is basket case territory, in terms of economic conditions. Since the original Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban, the nation has been going straight backwards. It’s difficult and dangerous to do business in a war zone, and that, in effect, is the problem. The massive splits in the society have made a bad situation a lot worse. Continued here....