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Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism: Allah, then Army, and America's…

by Hassan Abbas

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A straightforward political narrative, this book seeks to examine the decisions and policies of political actors in Pakistan that sought to harness extremist ideologies for their own political ends, thereby promoting those ideologies and edging Pakistan towards extremism.

Given the limitations of the project, Hassan Abbas does a creditable job. Some of his interpretations of pre-partition and the 50s and 60s seem overly simplistic and convey received wisdom rather than genuine insight, but when he moves into the times he is best acquainted with [from Bhutto to Musharraf], and most concerned with, the book is highly informative. Abbas is highly critical of the myopic policies of followed by the ruling elite, and also shows how the military has remained power-brokers even during the so called democratic era of the 90s.

The books is a valuable guide to the governments policies but it fails to examine other important and pertinent aspects of Pakistan's 'Drift into Extremism'. As such it is only part of the whole story. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Dec 15, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765614979, Paperback)

This book examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan, and analyzes its connections to Pakistan Army's policies and the fluctuating U.S.-Pakistan relations. It includes profiles of leading Pakistani Jihadi groups with details of their origins, development, and capabilities based on interviews with Pakistani intelligence officials, and operators of the militant groups. The book contains new historical materials on Operation Gibraltar (1965 War with India), conspiracy behind General Zia-ul-Haq’s plane crash in 1988, a botched military coup by fundamentalists in army in 1993-4 and lastly about how General Musharraf handled the volatile situation after the 9/11 attacks. Besides General Musharraf’s detailed profile, the book evaluates the India-Pakistan relations vis-à-vis the Kashmir conflict, and Dr. A Q Khan’s nuclear proliferation crisis. The book offers predictions for Pakistan's domestic and regional prospects.

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This book examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan and analyzes its connections to the Pakistan Army's policies and fluctuating U.S.-Pakistan relations. It includes profiles of leading Pakistani Jihadi groups with details of their origins, development, and capabilities based on interviews with Pakistani intelligence officials, and operators of the militant groups. The book contains new historical materials on Operation Gibraltar (the 1965 war with India), the conspiracy behind General Zia-ul-Haq's plane crash in 1988, a botched military coup by fundamentalists in the army in 1993-94, and lastly about how General Musharraf handled the volatile situation after the 9/11 attacks. Besides General Musharraf's detailed profile, the book evaluates the India-Pakistan relations vis--vis the Kashmir conflict, and Dr. A Q Khan's nuclear proliferation crisis. The book offers predictions for Pakistan's domestic and regional prospects.--Publisher.… (more)

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