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Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism:
Foreword by Jessica Stern
Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror Hassan Abbas
This book examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan and analyzes its connections to the Pakistan Army’s policies and the 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. The book contains new historical materials on Operation Gibraltar (the 1965 War with India), the conspiracy behind General Zia-ul-Haw’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-à-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. The book also deliberates upon the Pakistan-U.S. relations, especially in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
About the Author
Hassan Abbas, a former police officer from Pakistan, is currently a research fellow at the Harvard Law School and a PhD. candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. He has served in the administrations of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (19945) and General Musharraf (1999-2000). His articles have been regularly published in the leading Pakistani and U.S. newspapers and he has frequently appeared as a commentator on South Asia at MSNBC, NECN, WGBH, and CBS.
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Selected Contents: Map • List of Photographs Foreword, Jessica Stern Preface 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 Charismatic 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 9. Jihadi Outfits: Pakistan’s “Rent-a-Son” Agencies 10. 9/11 and the War on Terror 11. The Road Ahead Notes • Bibliography • Index
Summer 2004. 312 pp. Photographs, map, index. 0-7656-1496-0 Hardcover $69.95
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