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Aboard the Democracy Train

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A gripping front-line account of Pakistan's decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as told through the eyes of the only woman reporter for the nation's leading newspaper.


‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is about politics and journalism in Pakistan. It is a gripping front-line account of the country’s decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as told through the eyes of the only woman reporter working during the Zia era at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper. In this volume, the author reveals her unique experiences and coverage of ethnic violence, women’s rights and media freedoms. The narrative provides an insight into the politics of the Pak-Afghan region in the post 9-11 era, and exposes how the absence of rule of law claimed the life of its only woman prime minister.


The book is set during Pakistan's decade of turbulent democracy, which began when President Gen. Zia ul Haq's military rule abruptly ended with his plane crash. Then, as the only woman reporter at the nation's leading newspaper 'Dawn', the author was closely associated with late Benazir Bhutto's bid to become and remain the nation's first woman Prime Minister.


The book comes full circle from the Cold War era, when the events of September 11 forced Pakistan's military leaders to re-enter the U.S. orbit of influence. It is an account of why Benazir Bhutto fell victim to terrorism while her widower Asif Zardari is described as having taken on of the world's most daunting tasks of negotiating between a superpower and the military, amid a ferocious resurgence by the Taliban.


List of Figures; Preface; Introduction: The Effects of Partition; PART I: POLITICS AND JOURNALISM IN PAKISTAN; 1. Aboard the Democracy Train; 2. Ethnic Violence in Sindh: The MQM Saga; 3. News is What the Rulers Want to Hide; PART II: HUMAN RIGHTS; 4. Where Have All the Women Gone?; 5. Uncovering a Murder; PART III: TERRORISM IN PAKISTAN; 6. Pakistan in the Shadow of 9/11; 7. The Democracy Train Revs for Motion; Epilogue; Select Bibliography; Index

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Published 01 April 2011
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EAN13 9780857288943
Language English

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