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Between Dreams and Realities

Some Milestones in Pakistan’s History
Sartaj Aziz
This book contains an illuminating record of the milestones and turning points in Pakistan’s political history. It explores the basic causes of the failure of democracy in Pakistan and tries to demonstrate that only a genuine democratic dispensation and not military rule with a civilian façade can ensure its survival as a viable federation. Sartaj Aziz also argues that the vitality of a nation comes not only from economic progress and military might but also primarily from the value system, cultural heritage, and social energy of its people. The book offers an insider’s view of the national economy. As Finance Minister under Nawaz Sharif, he was the main architect of many of the far-reaching reforms introduced in the early 1990s. He describes in considerable detail the changing processes of public policy in Pakistan. As Foreign Minister during the Kargil crisis of 1999, Sartaj Aziz presents an authentic and insightful account of that unfortunate phase in Pakistan’s history.
Author Description
Sartaj Aziz was born in Mardan, North-West Frontier Province, raised in Peshawar and Abbottabad, and educated at Islamia College, Hailey College of Commerce, Lahore, and Harvard University in the USA. He had a distinguished career as a civil servant in Pakistan in the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission. In 1971 he started his international career as Director of the Commodities and Trade Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Between 1978 and 1984 he was Assistant President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an important UN agency he helped to create. His political career began as Minister of State for Food and Agriculture from 1984 to 1988. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, a position he rejoined from February 1997 to August 1998—when he took over as Minister for Foreign Affairs till October 1999. He was a member of the Pakistan Senate from 1985 to 1999. In 2004 he started the fourth phase of his career when he became Vice Chancellor of the Beaconhouse National University, a new private sector liberal arts university in Lahore. His publications include Hunger, Politics and Markets (1975), Rural Development: Learning from China (1978), Report of the National Commission on Agriculture (1988), Agricultural Policies for the 1990s (1990), and Privatization in Pakistan (1996).
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ISBN 9780195477184
Weight in kg 0.840
Rights World
Year of Publication 2009
Binding Hardback
Pages 426 pages