Pakistan: Now or Never?

January 20, 2008

In a 1933 pamphlet, Choudhary Rahmat Ali – credited with coining the name of Pakistan — called on fellow Muslims in the Indian subcontinent to set up a separate nation. His pamphlet titled “Now or Never” argued that Indian Muslims risked losing their heritage if they did not fight for their own country. “Either we live or perish for ever,” he wrote.Child throws petals at Bhutto’s grave

Now more than 70 years later, Pakistan faces a crisis which some say could threaten its very existence — a view dismissed as alarmist by its leaders. In the coming weeks and months, we will aim to round up the best opinion, analysis and blogging about Pakistan, from both inside and outside the country. While content on external internet sites does not reflect the views of Reuters, we will be looking to identify the major themes as they emerge.

Have your say now or on any of the future posts. Is this the biggest crisis faced by Pakistan since 1971? Is it Now or Never? Or will Pakistan’s usual resilience see it through? And let me know if you come across interesting material elsewhere on the Web. I promise I’ll read all your submissions and respond when I can.


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