Pakistan’s Pandemic Policies

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan is not only leading to severe economic and social impacts but is also accompanied by negative political ramifications, particularly for the country’s civil-military relations. Pakistan is also presently hit by one of the worst locust plagues in decades. The federal government’s incapability to adequately handle the affairs of the state is perceived as the cause for the slump in most formal sectors and the collapse of the informal economy. The latter is leading to a severe disruption in the livelihoods of large sections of Pakistan’s society, especially the poor – those most vulnerable to political and religious radicalisation. Experiencing an advancing Islamisation, embedded in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s growing authoritarian style of governance and in a notable seizing of power by the military at the expense of civilian institutions, Pakistan is once again at the edge of a critical juncture. Observers start to put in question the stability of the current civilian set-up in the light of one of the most severe crises in the history of this South Asian country.

Document type: Book
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2020
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021
Number of Pages: 21
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
Controlled Keywords: Pakistan, COVID-19, Pandemie
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, COVID-19, Imran Khan, Autoritarismus, Zivil-militärische Beziehungen, Heuschreckenplage, Pakistanische Armee, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI, China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor, CPEC, Corona Tiger Relief Force, CTRF, Islamisierung, China, Afghanistan / Pakistan, COVID-19, Imran Khan, Authoritarianism, Civil-Military Relations, Locust Plague, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI, China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor, CPEC, Corona Tiger Relief Force, CTRF, Islamisation, China, Afghanistan
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Series: Themen > SADF Working Papers
Volume: 22