Traders and customers gather at a crowded vegetable market in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 2 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against Covid-19. While Pakistan’s population has almost quadrupled since 1970, its economic growth has not kept pace and fallen far behind many economies in East Asia. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

David Dodwell

Why has Pakistan been left out of China and East Asia’s economic development boom?

  • Despite Southeast Asia and China’s astonishing development story, some parts of the world have not shared in that inspiring progress
  • Constant conflict, the influence of radical Islam, ferocious local politics and challenging conditions have combined to impede Pakistan’s development
Traders and customers gather at a crowded vegetable market in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 2 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against Covid-19. While Pakistan’s population has almost quadrupled since 1970, its economic growth has not kept pace and fallen far behind many economies in East Asia. Photo: AFP
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