The Struggle with Militant Islam
By (author) Zahid Hussain
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Frontline Pakistan by Zahid Hussain
Book DescriptionAfter September 11, 2001, Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, vowed to fight extremism in his country and has since established himself as a key ally in America's "global war on terror." But as veteran Pakistani journalist and commentator Zahid Hussain reveals in this book, Musharraf is in an impossible position. The Pakistani army and intelligence services are thoroughly penetrated by jihadists. In fact, the current government came into power through its support of radical Islamist groups, such as those fighting in Kashmir. Based on exclusive interviews with key players and grassroots radicals, Hussain exposes the threads of Pakistan's complex political power web and the consequences of Musharraf's decision to support the U.S.'s drive against jihadism, which essentially took Pakistan to war with itself. He recounts the origins and nature of the jihadi movement in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the long-standing and often denied links between militants and Pakistani authorities, the weaknesses of successive elected governments, and the challenges to Musharraf's authority posed by politico-religious, sectarian, and civil society elements within the country. The jihadi madrassas of Pakistan are incubators of the most feared terrorists in the world. Osama bin Laden himself is believed to be hiding close to the Pakistani border. Although the country's "war on terror" has so far been a stage show, a very real battle is looming, the outcome of which will have grave implications for the future security of the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231142250
(226mm x 157mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan stands on the edge of an abyss, in to which it may plunge the world. This book documents the incestuous relationship between Pakistan's jihadis and its all-powerful military intelligence agency - the ISI. It shows us the fall-out from Musharraf's momentous decision to support America.
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Author Biography - Zahid Hussain
Zahid Hussain is the Pakistan correspondent for the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.
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