Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror / Edition 1

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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. Written by a former Pakistani government official, 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 militant leaders. In this revealing study, a former officer in president Peverez Musharraf's anticorruption police force examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan and analyzes its connections to the Pakistani Army's policies and fluctuating U.S.-Pakistan relations. The author includes profiles of leading Pakistani Jihadi groups with details of their origins, development, and capabilities based on interviews with Pakistani intelligence officials and militant leaders. 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 1993-4, and on how General Musharraf handled the volatile situation after the 9/11 attacks. In addition to a detailed profile of General Musharraf, the book evaluates India-Pakistan relations vis-a-vis the Kashmir conflict as well as Dr. A. Q. Khan's nuclear proliferation crisis, and also offers predictions for Pakistan's domestic and regional prospects.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Abbas, a former Pakistani police officer and one-time adviser to the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, sheds light on mysteries that the vast majority of American readers have never wondered about: Why did Pakistan's army launch an attack on Kargil Heights, a rocky crag in Indian-held Kashmir, just as peace talks between the two nuclear powers were making progress?... Abbas's book is unique in that he is speaking as a Pakistani to his own people. In its most important form, the book is a truth-telling, undressing heroes, myths, and psychologies that school textbooks in Pakistan lionize. Those readers who had hoped for a policeman's view of Al Qaeda and the inside scoop on militant jihadi groups in Pakistan have to wait until the very last chapters, which spend a great deal of time on the terrorist groups that have taken the biggest toll on Pakistani people: sectarian groups of Sunnis that target Shi'as, and vice versa.
Washington Times
Hassan Abbas, a former officer in Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's anti-corruption police force... has written a highly informative account of his country's radical Islamic groups..
Stephen Philip Cohen
This book not only traces Pakistan's trajectory over the last forty years, but it provides valuable insights into the workings of its establishment, and should be required reading for anyone interested in a deep understanding of this troubled state.
The Brookings Institution
Peter Bergen
Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden Hassan Abbas has written a book that will be required reading for anyone hoping to understand the dense thicket of Pakistan's jihadist organizations, and the social and political milieu in which they have flourished. Hassan draws on his wide experience as a senior Pakistani police officer and government official, allied to his experience as an academic, to write a book that is nuanced, authoritative and well written. Any student of Pakistan will find Hassan's work richly rewarding.
Terrorism Analyst, CNN and author of The Holy War Inc.
Metro West Daily News
Like a savvy tour guide, Abbas directs readers throught five decades of Pakistani history, documenting significant political and religious movements that shaped its modern role. Abbas has written a factual and accessible analysis that clarifies Pakistan's strategic importance as the cornerstone of the U.S. war on terrorism at a time the outcome remains uncertain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765614971
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Jessica Stern; 1. Introduction; 2. The Early Years: A Dream Deferred; 3. Ayub Era: Kashmir and the 1965 War with India; 4. General Yahya and the Dismemberment of Pakistan; 5. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: The Charmer; 6. General Zia-ul-Haq: The Redefinition of a Country; 7. A Return to Democracy: Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif; 8. General Pervez Musharraf: A Season of Hope Jihadi Outfits: Pakistan's "Rent-a-Son" Agencies; 10. 9/11 and the War on Terror; 11. The Road Ahead
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Insighful and well written

    The writer provides amazing details about the machinations of Pakistani intelligence and military. It is also a balanced analysis of what went wrong with Pakistan. I haven't seen so much details in any other book about the performance of Musharraf vis-a-vis the war on terror. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    Balanced and very readable

    This is certainly a classic investigative research work in its field. It exposes the religious extremist groups and their nexus with Pakistani military and intelligence. It also unearths how short-sighted American policies played a role in creating the crisis we are witnessing in the Muslim world, especially in South Asia today. Book's treatment of US-Pakistan relations is also balanced and fair. A must read for those interested in understanding the foundations of authoritarianism and Islamic radicalism in Pakistan/South Asia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    Only an insider could have this much detail

    Fabulous book. Well written in any easy to read style. I enjoyed it tremendously and it solved many mysteries such as death of Zia, and details on incursion in to Kargil by Pakistan.

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