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Anatol Lieven in his book, ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’, attempts to make a convincing case of the troubled nation’s inner resilience. The author, who is a professor of peacekeeping and terrorism studies at King’s College, London, penned his excellent work in 2011 when things were not so bad. Since then things have only headed south so far as the soft image of Pakistan is concerned. In an atmosphere of intolerance and bigotry, jihadist culture with tacit blessings from powers that be, has only thrived in these years.