Spotlight October 2007

Pakistan in Turmoil

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India (April 1946)
Toward the end of British imperial rule, The Atlantic sharply criticized Ali Jinnah's "theory of Pakistan" and argued that "only the most confused thinking could produce a two-nation theory in India, where there are dozens of distinct races and languages."

Pakistan (May 1953)
Hinting at Pakistan's military-dominated future, this report noted that the Muslim League controlled the new country's public life and that "a kind of staleness" hung around the upper echelons of government.

Muslim and Hindu: The Sensitive Areas (February 1958)
Investigating the deeply rooted antagonism between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India, the author focused on the conflict over Kashmir and blamed India for delaying a solution. By Frederic M. Bennett

India and Pakistan (November 1960)
Celebrating the signing of the Indus Water Treaty in Karachi, The Atlantic expressed "hope that India and Pakistan can become more neighborly."

Child Labor in Pakistan (February 1996)
After witnessing countless Pakistani children as young as four years old slaving away in factories en masse, the author of this piece characterized the problem as an epidemic. By Jonathan Silvers

The Lawless Frontier (September 2000)
Exploring the tensions between recently installed President Musharraf and the autonomous, radical Islamic tribes along the Afghani-Pakistani border, the author wondered whether the new leader was simply "a good man who arrived too late." By Robert D. Kaplan

The Wrath of Khan (November 2005)
How A. Q. Khan made Pakistan a nuclear power—and showed that the spread of atomic weapons can't be stopped. By William Langewiesche

After Musharraf (October 2007)
The author summarizes the state of Pakistan under Musharraf and looks ahead to what might come next. By Joshua Hammer

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