Will Pakistan fall apart?

Pakistan has become a failed state with a nuclear bomb. Will the military do any better than the civilians?

By Owen Bennett-Jones   46

Just after 1pm on 30th May last year, Pakistan’s then foreign minister, Gohar Ayub Khan, declared that his country had detonated two nuclear devices under the Chagai mountains in Balochistan. Then something strange occurred. At 6pm, a spokesman issued a correction. The foreign minister had made a mistake. There hadn’t been two detonations; there had been one. The discrepancy was never explained, but it did raise questions about who was actually running Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

In June this year, Pakistan and India nearly went to war over Kashmir. In the course of the crisis, senior Pakistani politicians openly threatened the…

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