From colonial to corporate landgrabbing - the case of Pakistan

Landgrabbing is not new in Pakistan. It is over a century old. This is because, despite industrialization and modern facilities for the middle and upper classes, Pakistan remains primarily a feudal and tribal country where vast lands are monopolized by chieftians who possess the power of life and death over their subjects. Ironically, they were strengthened under colonialism when great tracts of lands were gifted to intermediaries who controlled the people and collected revenue from them on behalf of the British. The masses, especially the peasants, remain disenfranchised to this day.