By Pamela Constable
In this richly said and movingly written chronicle, Constable takes us on a breathtaking travel of latest Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, desires and ideology, that animate the lives of normal voters during this nuclear-armed country of one hundred seventy million. From the opulent, insular salons of the elite to the brick quarries the place soot-covered staff promote their kidneys to get out of debt, this can be a haunting portrait of a society riven via inequality and corruption, and more and more divided through competing models of Islam.
Beneath the façade of democracy in Pakistan, Constable unearths the bold carry of its enterprise, bureaucratic, and army elites—including the country’s robust undercover agent supplier, the ISI. it is a society the place the vast majority of the inhabitants feels powerless, and radical Islamist teams stoke well known resentment to recruit surprise troops for international jihad. Writing with an unusual ear for the nuances of this conflicted tradition, Constable explores the level to which religion permeates each point of Pakistani society—and the ambivalence many Muslims believe concerning the function it should play within the lifetime of the nation.
Both an empathic and alarming glance within one of many world’s so much violent and vexing international locations, Playing with Fire is key examining for somebody wishing to appreciate glossy Pakistan and its momentous position on today’s worldwide stage.
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Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself by Pamela Constable