Pakistan : A Hard Country

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest longterm threat is ecological change. Anatol Lieven's book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven's extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Countryis both utterly compelling and deeply revealing.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Acronymsp. xiv
Mapsp. xvi
Land, People and History
Introduction: Understanding Pakistanp. 3
The Struggle for Muslim South Asiap. 41
Justicep. 83
Religionp. 124
The Militaryp. 161
Politicsp. 204
The Provinces
Punjabp. 259
Sindhp. 302
Balochistanp. 339
The Pathansp. 371
The Taleban
The Pakistani Talebanp. 405
Defeating the Taleban?p. 442
Conclusionsp. 477
Afterword to the paperback editionp. 482
Notesp. 489
Books Consultedp. 502
Glossaryp. 512
Appendix One: Chronology of Muslim South Asiap. 515
Appendix Two: Statisticsp. 524
Indexp. 527
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