Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself

Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself

Pamela Constable


A unstable kingdom on the center of significant cultural, political, and spiritual conflicts on the earth this present day, Pakistan instructions our consciousness. but greater than six many years after the country’s founding as a Muslim democracy, it maintains to fight over its simple identification, alliances, and path. In Playing with fireplace, acclaimed journalist Pamela Constable peels again layers of contradiction and confusion to bare the real face of recent Pakistan.

In this richly said and movingly written chronicle, Constable takes us on a wide ranging travel of up to date Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, goals and ideology, that animate the lives of normal voters during this nuclear-armed kingdom 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, it is a haunting portrait of a society riven by means of inequality and corruption, and more and more divided via competing models of Islam.

Beneath the façade of democracy in Pakistan, Constable finds the bold carry of its enterprise, bureaucratic, and army elites—including the country’s robust undercover agent business enterprise, the ISI. this can be a society the place nearly all of the inhabitants feels powerless, and radical Islamist teams stoke renowned resentment to recruit surprise troops for worldwide 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 think in regards to the position 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 nations, Playing with Fire is vital interpreting for someone wishing to appreciate smooth Pakistan and its momentous position on today’s international degree.

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