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Book Review: Talibanisation of Pakistan – By Amir Mir

Talibanisation Of Pakistan: From 9/11 To 26/11
Talibanisation Of Pakistan: From 9/11 To 26/11
By Amir Mir
Pentagon Press | 422 pages

Introduction of the review by Abdul Nishapuri

Amir Mir, unlike the pro-Taliban and pro-conspiracy theory tendencies of his brother Hamid Mir, has truly maintained the anti-establishment and anti-conservatory attitude and integrity of his legendary father, Waris Mir. The following is a review of a recent book written by Amir Mir which is a rational slap on the entire Taliban-apologist and Islam vs USA rhetoric of the Mullah Media Alliance (Pakistani Taliban Union of Journalists).

REVIEW: ‘The Students’
A “must-read” for foreign policy planners and practitioners in the subcontinent and elsewhere.

Pakistan’s sincerity in dealing with terrorists operating from its soil has always been a subject of speculation. The doubts remain despite the Pakistani army’s operation in South Waziristan against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The outcome is difficult to predict. But few are certain whether the taming of the TTP will bring an end to terrorist activities in Pakistan. As India prepares for some serious stocktaking on the first anniversary of 26/11, concerns remain about the possibility of similar terrorist attacks being launched from Pakistan in the future.

Pakistani journalist Amir Mir shows how “Talibanisation” began with President Zia-ul-Haq and continued to flourish even under the man who joined America’s war on “global terror”—General Pervez Musharraf. Describing the terrorist outfits—particularly those involved in Kashmir and elsewhere in India—as the “civilian face of the Pakistani army”, Mir details the nexus between these terror organisations, the Taliban/Al Qaeda network and the Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Starting from the preparation and planning of the Mumbai attack to the current fight against the Pakistani army in South Waziristan, Mir takes us through the long journey that many key terrorist leaders like Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and ‘Mullah Radio’ Fazlullah made in the world of jehad. He also acknowledges how the current situation in Pakistan is a direct result of Islamabad using terrorism as a foreign policy tool to deal with India and in its quest for geostrategic depth in the region.

While tighter editing would have improved this impressive work, it remains a “must-read” for foreign policy planners and practitioners in the subcontinent and elsewhere.



Talibanisation of Pakistan : From 9/11 to 26/11 is, in a way, the third in a trilogy of books by one of Pakistan`s most prolific journalists, Amir Mir, the earlier two being Gateway to Terrorism (2003) and The Seeds of Terrorism (2005), both translated from Urdu by New Millennium. While the earlier two are invaluable reference books for analysts, the third one throws the lid off all the lies and contradictions dished out on a daily basis by Pakistan`s military and military-controlled government, which is losing its governable ground at a disturbing pace to the very Frankensteins spawned by the Pakistan Army over the past decades…

As this review is being, written in October 2009, Pakistan`s heavily-guarded Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi was attacked and besieged with military personnel held hostage, just after a second attack in 14 months on the Indian embassy in Kabul, by a suicide attacker driving a vehicle packed with explosives, failed.

Of the 28 chapters in the book, almost the entire first half relates to 26/11, including those dedicated to Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Maulana Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, and the operations of Pakistani jihadi groups in India. The remaining ones are about Benazir Bhutto`s murder, Baitullah Mesud, the Lal Masjid operation, Pakistan`s sectarian war and the major jihadi groups, ending with those on ISI-Al Qaeda-Taliban as the axis of evil, Pervez Musharraf and the Swat operation.

The chapters on 26/11 are extremely interesting and informative, including references to the 70-page dossier handed over by India to Pakistan, as well as mention of the Pakistan Navy commando unit which had trained the 10 young Lashkar-e-Tayyaba terrorists and other aspects.

This book is a definite “must read“ for a wide range of professionals dealing with defence and security, particularly those in India, Afghanistan, the United States, Britain, other countries affected by terror and, of course, Pakistan. Amir Mir deserves more than just an award and should be provided with extremely good security measures.

– Anil Bhat, a retired Army officer, is a defence and security analyst based in New Delhi.

Posted By:Newspaper – The Asian Age (28 October, 2009) Source

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