Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, Second Edition by Ayesha Siddiqa
Pakistan is a strategic ally of the US in the "war on terror." It is the third largest recipient of US aid in the world. Yet Pakistan is a state run by its army and intelligence service.
Operating in the shadows, Pakistan’s military industrial complex owns and controls swathes of the economic and political landscape of the country. s to illuminate the military as an oppressive holding company possessing not just security-related businesses, but also hotels, shopping malls, insurance companies, banks, farms and even an airline. The result is a deeply undemocratic society, where money is funneled towards the military's economic enterprises, leaving those in need of it impoverished and effectively disenfranchised.
With an empirical richness, and a view to Pakistan’s recent history, Ayesha Siddiqa offers a detailed and powerful case study of a global phenomenon: corruption, hollow economic growth, and elitism.
This new edition includes a chapter on the recent developments of the military's foray into the media, and a new preface.