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Nuclear, unstable, fundamentalist, Islamic—these adjectives are often used in frightening combination when the media turns to the topic of modern-day Pakistan, a critical but volatile ally in the fight to eradicate al Qaeda. With the sensibilities of both an insider and a scholar, Abbas, a Harvard fellow and former officer in President Pervez Musharraf’s anti-corruption police force, adds an important measure of sophistication to the popular understanding of Pakistan’s dangers and dysfunctions. His detailed analysis works through the country’s complicated history, starting in 1947 with the wrenching partition of British colonial India and ending with today’s impoverished, graft-addled government, which seems closer to falling into a maelstrom of religious radicalism every day. An important thread running through this history is the way American foreign policy—at times misguided or self-serving—magnified Pakistan’s homegrown ills. During the early 1980s, for instance, Pakistan’s pro-Western popular opinion appeared rock solid. "Only indifference, myopia and incompetence of flawless pedigree could have reversed this," Abbas writes. "But Pakistan and the United States would combine to produce the missing ingredient"—a policy of statewide "Islamization" orchestrated by Pakistan’s then leader, General Zia Ul-Haq, and amplified by Washington’s parallel support of the anti-Soviet mujahideen movement. Abbas offers valuable descriptions of today’s most active jihadi movements in Pakistan. More importantly, he shows how the Kashmir conflict, South Asia’s most aggravated political wound, has come to express numerous, overlapping national humiliations—often underestimated by Washington and exploited by Islamabad. "If Pakistan is to be saved from its future," Abbas concludes, "It must start by coming to a sincere accommodation with India over Kashmir."
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"An engaging book on terrorism's largest growth market: Pakistan." -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765614979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765614971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book provides insightful information and nuanced analysis that is written beautifully. This is certainly an insider's viewpoint - he is probably Bob Woodward of Pakistan. One may disagree with some of the conclusions of the book about the prospects of Talibanization of Pakistan but there is no doubt the work is authoritative and convincing in its approach. It's a must read for students of South Asian history and for those who want to learn about roots of Islamic radicalism in the region. Profiles of Pakistani extremist groups are very detailed and based on info that I believe is not available elsewhere.

The writer is clearly sympathetic towards minority Muslim groups in Pakistan especially Ahmedis and Shias but provides specific and credible instances of crimes committed against these communities. Also explains how Blasphemy laws are biased against Christian minority. He also severely criticizes Pakistan army for its interference in politics and intelligence agencies for how they groomed and sponsored terrorist groups. In comparison he has been somewhat soft on Pakistani police which he remains associated with as per his bio in the book.

The best part of the book is about General Musharraf and how he is handling Pakistan and the war on terror - he has mixed opinion about Musharraf's capability to make a real difference in the long run. He argues that moderate political parties and revival of real democracy is the only way things can be improved.

Final remark - its an academic book I believe but is written like a thriller - its difficult to put it down once you start reading. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how Pakistan is progressing (or digressing) and how intriguing is the history of Pakistan-US relations.
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Fabulous read. It artfully explains the challenges America face in the war on terror. Almost half of the book is pure historical narrative about Pakistan and India (though beautifully written) and the rest is analysis about the present day crisis in terms of capabilities of terrorist groups, impact of Musharraf's bold decisions to reform and policy prescriptions about how a constructive change is possible. For those interested in Muslim states and society this is a must read.
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If you have to read just one book on Pakistan, this is it. Extremely well written and powerful - I have been teaching South Asian history for a decade but haven't come across a book on the country that is so clear in its perspective, so bold and most importantly written by someone who is not only a scholar but one who witnessed the scene firsthand. Its certainly a important contribution to the field.

I have just one suggestion and one criticism for the writer - he could have given more detailed profiles of the Islamic parties that Pakistan inherited in 1947. Secondly, the book requires a chronology of important political events of Pakistan for the Western readers. But despite these limitations, the book is head and shoulders above other contemporary works on the subject.
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Very intriguing and bold work - exposes how religious bigots and fundamentalists have entrenched themselves in Pakistan. It doesn't spare anyone - Pakistan army and its intelligence, American foreign policy blunders, Indian intransigence and failure of Pakistan's political elite - a very balanced treatment. I read the book as a required text for a course on South Asia and conflict resolution and its best part is that its written in a story like fashion, so its actually fun to read the book.
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Good information on Pakistan from partition (and slightly before) up until 2004.

Abbas has an entertaining, feisty writing style. His sympathies and condemnations are both spread liberally, which makes for less obvious bias than you will encounter most places. The work is very good in that respect.

One of his main points, and the one most salient for my own interests, is that Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan has been allowed to thrive because of incompetent rulers and failing institutions. As presented, it seems credible.

He deftly handles the Kashmiri issue and makes it perhaps the central motivating factor for Pakistani foreign policy.

Overall it's a good read and short at around 235 pages.

Also decent academic credentials.
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The book is about the political history of Pakistan since its independence in 1947. Any analysis of the country's drift into extremism is only incidental. So the book title is misleading.

Ironically, the way the author chooses to narrate Pakistan's history explains why the country is in such a pitiful state right now and why it was dismembered in 1971.

The author starts off with a threat that Pakistan will self-destruct and in the process do some damage to its neighboring countries, unless USA and India accommodate Pakistan's views on various issues. These kinds of threats have become fashionable among "moderates" in Pakistan over the last 10 years, while the extremists are waging jihad.

The author is completely infatuated with Pakistani army officers. The book is littered with descriptions of the personal traits of hundreds of army officers with adjectives like tall, laid back, easy smiling, courageous, honest, stocky, comes from a good family, dashing, etc. The fact that 240 pages of a country's history refer to hundreds of army officers says something about its culture and priorities.

The basic principles of parliamentary democracy (e.g. leader of the majority party becoming the Prime Minister), don't seem to be completely sensible in the author's view. E.g. the author implies that there is nothing unreasonable about Bhutto wanting two Prime Ministers for Pakistan - one for the East Wing and one for the West Wing - after elections in 1970 in which Mujib won a clear majority in the National Assembly. The military and West Pakistani politicians taking such ridiculous positions is what caused the country's dismemberment.

Finally Pakistan's obsession with Kashmir is one of the main reasons for its sorry state. The author unwittingly conveys that in this book. There is no mention of India's point of view in the Kashmir dispute while he repeatedly refers to "India's oppression of Kashmiris".
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