- Paperback: 397 pages
- Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870032143
- ISBN-13: 978-0870032141
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military
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"[Husain Haqqani] brings impressive credentials to the task of analyzing his native land, including a personal acquaintanceship with many of the key military and political personalities of the past two decades." Alex Alexiev, Center for Security Policy, Commentary, 12/1/2005
"a notable contribution to scholarship on South Asia" Kapil Gupta, Foreign Service Journal
"In this cogent, well-informed and extraordinarily informative book, Husain Haqqani describes in detail the unholy alliance between Islamists and military officers that has shaped Pakistan's past and may well determine its future. An important and disturbing tale, deftly told." Andrew J. Bacevich, author of THE NEW AMERICAN MILITARISM
"A well-written and authoritative account from someone who knows Pakistani politics from the inside." Peter Bergen, CNN Terrorism Analyst and author of HOLY WAR, INC.
"We are in Husain Haqqani's debt for providing the authoritative account of the linkages between Pakistan's powerful Islamists and its professional army.... This brilliantly researched and written book should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand this increasingly important state." Stephen P. Cohen, Brookings Institution, and author of THE IDEA OF PAKISTAN
"Husain Haqqani has seen Pakistani politics close up. But his book is much more than a memoir: Haqqaani has produced a provocative and controversial history revealing the depth of the links between the army and the Islamic radicals. Required reading." Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC, and author of PAKISTAN: THE EYE OF THE STORM
"Husain Haqqani has written the most comprehensive account of the role of religion and the army in Pakistan's tangled history. It makes for fascinating and sobering reading. The challenge of maintaining a 'moderate Islamic' identicy at a time of national insecurity and religious passion remains one of the central problems confrontinc any Pakistan government." Teresita Schaffer, CSIS, and former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia
About the Author
Husain Haqqani is a visiting scholar in the South Asia Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an associate professor of International Relations at Boston University. He is former adviser to Pakistani prime ministers, and has served as Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka.
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Very relevant reading on the most dangerous spot in the world today.
1): Whatever Haqqani writes in his book, one must understand military and mullahs can not be separated because Pakistan is primarily a Muslim country and military is a subset of it.
2): Military, an aggressive institution by nature, will remain close to mullah parties (such as Jamat-e-Islami) because these parties are hawkish and anti-India.
3): Since the military brass knows that Pakistan must remain a forward looking country, the same military which seeks the help of mullah-parties does not want mullahs to rule the country. Thus the double game of sleeping with mullahs while supporting a secular minded government (Muslim League/PPP/MQM) which takes into account the geopolitical issues of Pakistan.
4): Military has/had run into extreme distrust with Benazeer for hanging his father, Altaf Hussain of MQM for first propping him against PPP and then cracking him, and Nawaz for getting too close to Vajpai. Until there is a trust between secular minded party leaders and the military, the military would continue to support mullahs for a long time.
5): One view is that military should keep Benazeer, Nawaz, and Altaf out of the country while making deals with their party leaders. Hope this works and a trust is developed between secular minded parties and military.
6): Acquiring nuclear deterrent against India and confidence building measures such the construction of the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline would help reduce military reliance on mullahs.
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