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Pakistan’s Pandemic Response: Faith, Federalism, and the Challenge Ahead

April 21, 2020

Episode Notes:

As of April 20, there have been nearly 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, with 181 reported deaths. Concerns about the pandemic are acute in Pakistan, a developing nation of over 200 million citizens — making it the sixth-largest country in the world — with a weak healthcare system. Pakistan remains unique in the Muslim world in that its mosques have remained open during the crisis, with no sign of change as Ramadan is set to begin later this week, raising the risk that the virus will spread further.

Madiha Afzal — a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and author of Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State —  joins the Warcast to discuss Pakistan’s response to COVID-19, including the role of religion and the country’s federal structure.

[ 01:09 ] Performance of Prime Minister Imran Khan

[ 03:30 ] Mosque closures, Ramadan, and the influence of religious groups

[ 06:15 ] The role of the provinces

[ 08:48 ] Impact of the pandemic on politics and society

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