Pakistan: Now or Never?

Perspectives on Pakistan

Jokes go where pundits fear to tread


One of the most common questions I get asked by Pakistani acquaintances is: “Where is this country going?”

After watching the tumultuous events of the past couple of years, and knowing that 12 months ago the idea of Asif Ali Zardari becoming president figured nowhere on my list of  scenarios, I’ve learned to hedge.

“It will probably get worse before it gets better” always seems like a safe response in Pakistan, as it seldom seems to get better for long.

More imaginative Pakistanis however compiled their vision of the future in 2020 with a mock-up front page of Dawn that’s been circulated through e-mail.