Islamist Militancy, National Security and the Pakistan state

Islamist Militancy, National Security and the Pakistan state

Author: Dhirandra Pundir
ISBN: 9789385995323
Language: English
Publisher: Lenin Media Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2017
Pages: 298
Binding Style: HB
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The military has monopoly over most important decisions of the state. A part from being the guards in the external security of the nation, it is a well-accepted political institution. The Pakistani Army has the direct control over Pakistan’s nuclear program and foreign policy. The National Command Authority (NCA) was established by the former Chief of the Army Staff and President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, to assure the west that Pakistan’s nuclear weapon is safe. Islamization of the Pakistan Army has been occurring in some form since its birth in 1947. The nation was founded on the unity of a common religion. This religious identity was ingrained in the Army as a way of distinguishing itself from its Hindu counterpart. Officials accomplished this in superficial ways initially. In its early years, the Pakistan Army was very proud of its ability separate religion from the conduct of its internal business. Initially, the Pakistan Army’s actions were characteristic of a capable conventional military force, focused on preservation of the nation. The promotion of officers was based solely on their leadership ability and understanding of the art of war. The book is a study of the political scenario in Pakistan that discusses the intervention of the military in Pakistan’s politics for securing its own interests.


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