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Pakistan’s military tycoons

The Pakistani military clings to power partly in order to safeguard its vast economic empire

By Kamila Shamsie   December 2007

Well before President Musharraf imposed emergency rule on Pakistan he was already becoming weary of media criticism. One of those who had felt the force of the general’s wrath was the respected defence analyst Ayesha Siddiqa, whose book Military Inc. drew claims from Musharraf that she was an Indian agent. Plans to launch the book in Islamabad earlier this year were disrupted, and Siddiqa, facing harassment from the security agencies, left Pakistan for a time.

None of this prevented Military Inc. being widely discussed in Pakistan. A book dealing with the political role of the army was always going to…

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