Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism by Hassan Abbas
Allah, then Army, and America's War Terror

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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.

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Published August 31, 2004 by Routledge. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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""But Pakistan and the United States would combine to produce the missing ingredient""--a policy of statewide ""Islamization"" orchestrated by Pakistan's then leader, General Zia Ul-Haq, and amplified by Washington's parallel support of the anti-Soviet mujahideen movement.

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