Deep State Continuum in Pakistan and Implications for India: Jyoti M. Pathania, New Delhi, KW Publishers, 2022

Dr. Adil Rasheed is Research Fellow (SS) at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • January-February 2023
    Book Review

    In a country like Pakistan, where none of its Prime Ministers could ever complete a full five-year term in office, the role of the so-called ‘deep State’ — a term used as a euphemism for its Army—in exercising disproportionate control over the affairs of the country—has often been highlighted.

    However, there has been a paucity of well-researched studies that fully explore and analyse the concept of the ‘deep State’ and make Pakistan a vital and apposite case study of the term. Jyoti Pathania’s book Deep State Continuum in Pakistan and Implications for India is a significant contribution towards understanding this somewhat abstruse concept, its constituent parts, and the unseemly machinations as manifest in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.