Betwixt and Between: The FATA Reform Process and the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Abstract

Pakistan offers very unique political culture featured by deeply entrenched security-dominated worldview and concrete processes of behaviours in all spheres of the country’s politics. One of the most remarkable characteristics of Islamabad’s official rhetoric is the persistently formulated claim of the existence of a ‘foreign hand’ in all kinds of the internal issues. However, there are clear indications that most of these flashpoints are of colonial origin and/or are ‘homemade’. The unfortunate trajectories present in the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan’s most fragile, underdeveloped, and war-torn areas, can be seen as an example par excellence of how conflicts inherited by former colonial ruler turned worse due to a bad governance, geo-political considerations, and partisan economic interests of the national elite after gaining independence.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2016
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 28 April 2017
Number of Pages: 15
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: China, Pakistan, Wirtschaft
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, FATA, CPEC, KPK / Pakistan, FATA, CPEC, KPK
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: China
Pakistan
Series: Subjects > SADF Focus
Volume: 21
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