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The Paradox of Pakistan: Collapse or Caliphate

 
G D Bakshi (Author)
Synopsis
The state of Pakistan today presents a dangerous paradox. The indiscriminate weaponisation of its civil society has eroded the very basis of a modern state premised upon a monopoly of violence. Its economy has twice reached the brink of collapse in the last ten years (1998-2008) yet the Military-ISI Complex in Pakistan is conjuring visions of a new caliphate centered in Islamabad. Since 2006 it has been convinced that the USA and NATO do not have the stomach to stay on in Afghanistan. It has now sold the thesis of a moderate Taliban to president Obama. The Americans and their friends have promised/given a staggering 30.8 Bn US$ to Islamabad. What is Pakistan doing with this bonanza? Satellite photographs indicate a dramatic expansion of Pakistani nuclear facilities at Dera Ghazi Khan (DGK) and Khusab. Pakistan is using the financial aid to rapidly increase its nuclear stockpile. What is lesser known is that terrorists have already attacked the Dera Ghazi Khan Complex. In Feb 2009 a Talibani suicide bomber killed 30 people in the mosque in DGK.
Pakistan is using the gifted dollars to buy Swedish AWACs, Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft, F-16 fighters, Chinese frigates, JF17s jets and tanks. With this weapon buying spree the Pak economy could well head for a third economic crash landing because the basic flaw of their economy remains unaddressed. The number of people below poverty line in Pakistan has risen beyond the 50 per cent mark. It is this which forces the poor people to send their children to the madrasas for two square meal a day. It is this which perpetuates Zia's ideology of jihad in Pakistan. Even as the US pours in its billions, counter insurgency experts like Kilcullen are predicting a systemic collapse of Pakistan in six months. The caliphate is about to crack under the weight of its own contradictions. Therein lie the makings of a monumental tragedy.
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About the author

G D Bakshi

Brigadier G D Bakshi, VSM is a graduate of the National Defence Academy. He did his early schooling from St. Aloysius School Jabalpur. He holds a Masters degree in Defence Science and an M.Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. He taught for three years each at the Indian Military Academy Dehradun, and the prestigious Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis and is a prolific writer on matters military. He has authored six books and written several papers for prestigious defence journals which include the Strategic Analysis and Indian Defence Review. He has done two tenures at the prestigious Directorate General of Military Operations at New Delhi. He commanded his unit in Kargil and was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal in 1991. Currently, he is commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Sector in J&K. In this book he brings to bear his thirty years of military study and experience to an analysis of the military content of the Mahabharata Epic. The central theme of this book is the assertion that there is an historic Indian Strategic Culture and today we need to rediscover these historical roots of our military inheritance.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Paradox of Pakistan: Collapse or Caliphate
Author G D Bakshi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788170493617
length 228p., Illustrations; 23cm.