Pakistan is beset by a torrent of maladies. Its government is bankrupt. Its economy is mired in stagflation as the population booms. Terrorists strike all corners of the country. Civil conflict in its largest city, Karachi, has evolved from feuds between ethnic political parties into a Taliban war against them all, exacerbated by ever-powerful criminal mafias. The cancer of extremism is spreading deeper and the death toll mounts.
But there is opportunity for change. Pakistan’s political leaders have taken major steps toward institutionalizing civilian, democratic rule. In March, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, a democratically elected National Assembly completed its term.… Seguir leyendo »