We often say things without really realizing what we are saying. Pervez Hoodbhoy’s latest article on Pakistan (Whither Pakistan? A five-year forecast) begins as follows: First, the bottom line: Pakistan will not break up…. That’s the good news. Now why exactly is that good news? And from whose perspective is it good news? Clearly Pervez Hoodbhoy has assumed that to be a statement of the obvious that merits no further discussion. But it is really an unexamined assertion. I am not taking a personal position on the issue of whether the break up of Pakistan is good or not.