1. What are the origins of modern political thought and democracy? What did Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and other Enlightenment thinkers say about the underlying social contract, natural rights of the people and the role of the state? Are security and safety not pre-requisites for rule and law and democracy? How do these ideas apply to Pakistan?
2. Has Pakistan made more socioeconomic progress under military rule or civilian rule? How have Pakistan's economic and human development indicators fared under military compared to civilian rule? Are there parallels between Pakistan and Asian Tigers?
3. Could the loss of the eastern wing of the country have been prevented in 1971 if the military did not rule Pakistan? Who contributed the most to the rupture? Was it the military or the politicians?
4. Is it fair to argue that India has never been ruled by he military when there are large parts of India with millions of Indians living under virtual martial law? Is it fair to say, as Arundhati Roy puts it, that Indian government has been perpetually at war with people it calls its own in Kashmir, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Talangana and elsewhere?
Please view this debate in Urdu in two parts below:
Civilian Democracy vs Military Dictatorship in Pakistan
Pakistan's Economic History
Civilians' Disappointing Report Card on Human Development
Is this a 1971 Moment in Pakistan's History?
Asian Dictators Brought Prosperity; Democracy Followed
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