Pakistan, the third largest recipient of U.S. aid in the world, has emerged as a strategic ally of the United States in the "war on terror." Yet the shocking assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December underscores the profoundly anti-democratic character of this U.S. partner. Ayesha Siddiqa shows how the military has gradually gained control of Pakistan's political, social, and economic resources. This power has transformed Pakistani society, where the armed forces have become an independent class.
Siddiqa examines the inner workings of this military economy and the consequences of merging the military and corporate sectors. Does democracy have a future in the new Pakistan? Will the generals ever withdraw to the barracks. Military Inc. analyzes the internal and external dynamics of this gradual power-building and the impact that it is having on Pakistan's political and economic development. Will this military pull back from power now that the people have given a verdict against the military's presence in politics? (lampbane)