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Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror

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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.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765614971
Author:
Abbas, Hassan
Publisher:
M.E. Sharpe
Subject:
General
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Pakistan Politics and government.
Subject:
Islam and politics -- Pakistan.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Dimensions:
9.03x5.99x.89 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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