Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam / Edition 1

Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam / Edition 1

by Zahid Hussain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231142242

ISBN-13: 9780231142243

Pub. Date: 02/20/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

After September 11, 2001, Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, vowed to fight extremism in his country and has since established himself as a key ally in America's "global war on terror." But as veteran Pakistani journalist and commentator Zahid Hussain reveals in this book, Musharraf is in an impossible position. The Pakistani army and intelligence services are

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After September 11, 2001, Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, vowed to fight extremism in his country and has since established himself as a key ally in America's "global war on terror." But as veteran Pakistani journalist and commentator Zahid Hussain reveals in this book, Musharraf is in an impossible position. The Pakistani army and intelligence services are thoroughly penetrated by jihadists. In fact, the current government came into power through its support of radical Islamist groups, such as those fighting in Kashmir.

Based on exclusive interviews with key players and grassroots radicals, Hussain exposes the threads of Pakistan's complex political power web and the consequences of Musharraf's decision to support the U.S.'s drive against jihadism, which essentially took Pakistan to war with itself. He recounts the origins and nature of the jihadi movement in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the long-standing and often denied links between militants and Pakistani authorities, the weaknesses of successive elected governments, and the challenges to Musharraf's authority posed by politico-religious, sectarian, and civil society elements within the country.

The jihadi madrassas of Pakistan are incubators of the most feared terrorists in the world. Osama bin Laden himself is believed to be hiding close to the Pakistani border. Although the country's "war on terror" has so far been a stage show, a very real battle is looming, the outcome of which will have grave implications for the future security of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142243
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Prologue: Pakistan against Itself     1
Pakistan's Unholy Alliance: The Militants and the Military     12
Volte-Face     33
Inside Jihad: Army of the Pure     51
Nursery for Jihad     76
The Conflict Within     89
Kashmir: A General on a Tightrope     102
The War Comes Home: Al-Qaeda in Pakistan     119
The Tribal Warriors     141
Rogue in the Ranks: The Nuclear Black Market     154
The Siege Within: The Return of the Mullahs     172
Fault Lines     185
Timeline     193
Notes     199
Index     215

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