Inside the Pakistan Army: A Woman's Experience on the Frontline of the War on Terror

Overview

Whose side is Pakistan’s military really on? Leaked intelligence records suggest the suspicion of collusion with the Taliban. Controversy surrounds the awarding of an extension to the tenure of Pakistan’s army chief, General Kayani—target of accusations that he has links with factions responsible for anti-coalition violence in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s army is at the forefront of the war on terror, policing the border with Afghanistan and the lawless tribal agencies where Osama ...

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Overview

Whose side is Pakistan’s military really on? Leaked intelligence records suggest the suspicion of collusion with the Taliban. Controversy surrounds the awarding of an extension to the tenure of Pakistan’s army chief, General Kayani—target of accusations that he has links with factions responsible for anti-coalition violence in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s army is at the forefront of the war on terror, policing the border with Afghanistan and the lawless tribal agencies where Osama bin Laden is said to be hiding, and sporadically mounting offensives to crush the insurgents of the Taliban. In Pakistan recently, thousands have died in suicide attacks as insurgents have brought their war against the pro-Western government to the country’s cities. Its success is seen as critical to the West’s hopes of halting the spread of extremism outside the “AfPak” theater of operations. If the Pakistan army fails to stamp out the insurgency it could become unstoppable, with the drastic spread of global terrorism.

Carey Schofield is uniquely placed to comment on the contradictions at the heart of this institution. She spent five years with the Pakistan army, accompanying them on maneuvers and getting to know key figures from junior soldiers to Kayani himself. For five years, she travelled everywhere with them. They even had a uniform made for her. Inside the Pakistan Army is the truth about the army’s vital role as an ally in the war.

Carey Schofield is a journalist and author of Inside the Soviet Army. She is a visiting fellow at Oxford University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906447021
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,051,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Carey Schofield, is a writer and journalist and the author of the best-selling Inside the Soviet Army and The Russian Elite: Inside the Airborne Forces. She is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Leverhulme Project on the Changing Character of War.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Maps viii

1 The Question of the Pakistan Army 1

2 The Place of the Army in Pakistan 9

3 How the Pakistan Army Got to Be Where It Is Today 31

4 Fauji Life 73

5 Inside the ISI 103

6 General Musharraf 117

7 Tackling the Militants 131

8 The War Goes On 163

9 The Death of Faisal Alavi 185

10 Conclusion 207

Appendix I 211

Appendix II 215

Appendix III 223

Index 225

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