Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

P & R Vol.2 Issue 1
The Pakistan Paradox
Publication Year : 2021

In his 2015 book, The Pakistan Paradox, Professor Christophe Jaffrelot talks about a paradox of instability and resilience in Pakistan. While he divulges the political story of creation, consolidation, and setbacks Pakistan has faced, his list of paradoxes is not exhaustive. Hence this snippet. If I have to title the story of urban development in Pakistan, I shall have to borrow the title: The Pakistan Paradox. • The cities are sprawling, yet there are huge congestion problems within cities because of rising car-ownership, • The people want the benefits of agglomeration, yet they want to stay in far-flung single-family house units, • The cities are growing horizontally without any centralized feasibility, but the development