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Academic study of military intervention in Pakistani politics

November 30, 2021 - 17:39

Military Agency, Politics and the State in Pakistan” by Dr. Ejaz Hussain, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Forman Christian College in Lahore, and at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad, is a book seking to explain why the military intervenes in Pakistan’s politics. The author argues that it intervenes in Pakistan’s politics for its own political interests. The military instrumentalizes its political power to maximize its economic interests as an independent actor. Moreover, the present study has, quite contrary to the existing structuralist, legitimist, path-dependent, generalist, instrumentalist and conspiracy works on Pakistan’s politics and the state, posited that it is the military agency, not structure/culture, which causes a coup/intervention. The work is based on Dr. Hussain’s doctoral dissertation with the same title, defended at the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University in 2010 (read the full-text thesis). Previous to his PhD from Heidelberg, Ejaz Hussain he obtained his M.Sc in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad M.A. in Asian Studies from the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden (2006).

The new book is published by Samskriti, New Dehli and included by Heidelberg University in its Series in South Asian and Comparative Studies. More information about the book.


Academic study of military intervention in Pakistani politics


November 30, 2021