This book examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan, particularly since 1947, and analyzes its connections to the Pakistani army's corporate interests and U.S.-Pakistan relations. It includes profiles of leading Pakistani militant groups with details of their origins, development, and capabilities. The author begins with an historical overview of the introduction of Islam to the Indian sub-continent in 712 AD, and brings the story up to the present by describing President Musharraf's handling of the war on terror. He provides a detailed account of the political developments in Pakistan since 1947 with a focus on the influence of religious and military forces. He also discusses regional politics, Pakistan's attempt to gain nuclear power status, and U.S.-Pakistan relations, and offers predictions for Pakistan's domestic and regional prospects.
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; 9. Jihadi Outfits: Pakistan's "Rent-a-Son" Agencies; 10. 9/11 and the War on Terror; 11. The Road Ahead