Frontline Pakistan: The Path to Catastrophe Amd the Killing of Benazir Bhutto

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Penguin Books India, 2008 - Islam and politics - 236 pages

After 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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Zahid Hussain is an award-winning journalist and writer, a senior editor with "Newsline" and a correspondent for "The Times of London", "Newsweek" and "The Wall Street Journal". He has also covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for several other international publications, including the Associated Press (AP) and "The Economist". His book "Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle With Militant Islam" has won widespread acclaim as a seminal text on the subject. He lives in Pakistan.

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