This book explores Pakistan from different vantage points. It examines a variety of events in contemporary Pakistan through a comprehensive analysis of identity and power politics; media landscapes; military recruitment; role of madrassahs; terrorism and militancy; civil war as well as outlines future trajectories. It studies themes such as Pakistan’s relationship with India, the legacy of Jinnah, gender and fundamentalism, urbanisation, unrest that have plagued the northern areas. It further looks at the nation after the capture of Osama bin Laden and the changing nature of its relation with the US in its aftermath.
Including contributions from experts in the field and policy-makers across the world, this volume will interest scholars and researchers on Pakistan studies, politics, and international relations. It will also appeal to government think tanks and the general reader.
Introduction Ravi Kalia. 1. Pakistan–India: Issues of Identity and Parity Aparna Pande 2. Riding the Tiger: The Threat to Pakistan from Terrorism J. Andrew Greig 3.Pakistan’s Power Game and the New Media Landscape Gilles Boquérat 4. Militant Recruitment in Pakistan: A New Look at the Militancy-Madrassah Connection C. Christine Fair 5. Punjabi Militancy Stephen Tankel 6. The Battle for Karachi: Changing Patterns of a Permanent Civil War Laurent Gayer 7. Military Rule: Facilitating Factors and Future Prospects Steven Barracca 8. Women at Risk: Militancy in Pakistan Tahmima Rashid 9. At the Margins of Pakistan Martin Sökefeld