Dr. Imran attended the Third International Workshop ‘Reviewing resources and nation-building’ as a speaker. The workshop was organised by National Institute of Pakistan Studies and DAAD Long Term Guest Professorship, with support from Hanns Seidel Foundation at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad on March 27-28, 2015.
Dr. Imran’s paper was titled ‘Pakistan: Inequality, Legitimacy and Authority’ in the panel on ‘Development and Governance of Challenges of Inclusion and Exclusion in South Asia’. He explained that continuing failure to alleviate persistent and long standing inequality in Pakistan lies at the root of much internally generated problems.
Dr. Imran stated that the failure in poverty alleviation is a product of embedded resource flows, elite capture, and authoritarianism that have characterized the political economy of the Pakistan area in recent history. The question that is raised is whether the incapacity, or unwillingness, of the elite to adopt the kind of policy and economic measures that might have ameliorated poverty in the past, now places it disadvantageously for fulfilling the role with associated implications for resilient militancy.
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