9 February 2012
Pakistan's Long and Ordinary Crisis
This brief discusses that longevity and ordinariness mark Pakistan's on-going crisis. Fluttering apart, nothing dramatic or decisive has happened in the recent past. This is because the institutions - the army, the judiciary and the political-executive - that could decisively impact the crisis have gone errant. They are not performing the functions they are mandated to perform. They aren't letting other institutions perform the functions the other institutions must perform. And though these institutions are being mutually meddlesome, they show no inclination to perform the functions of the meddled institutions. This functional derangement of key state institutions has produced Pakistan's stalemated, and thus ordinary, crisis.
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