Pakistan remains trapped in grave existential incertitude with its economy tottering and polity being pulled apart by competing stakeholders such as all power military, fractious political parties, and an increasingly partisan judiciary.
This is even as an investigative report by the Intercept website alleged that the Biden administration helped Pakistan secure a controversial new bailout from the International Monetary Fund after Pakistan agreed to secretly sell arms to the United States for the war in Ukraine. The deal allegedly allowed Pakistan to sell $900 million worth of munitions to the US to be given to Ukraine. It is those alleged earnings that convinced the IMF to offer a bailout. Islamabad has completely rejected the report as baseless. However, there are those within the country who believe it happened.
To understand Pakistan from the standpoint of its troubled history since its founding 76 years ago Mayank Chhaya Reports spoke to Professor Ayesha Jalal, eminent historian, author and the Mary Richardson professor of history at the Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.