Shuja Nawaz is the author of Crossed Swords ( avg rating, ratings, 23 reviews, published ), Journeys ( avg rating, 8 ratings, 0 reviews. Crossed Swords. Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz. Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. The definitive, inside story and historical. Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within is a book by Shuja Nawaz. It is a detailed study of the military’s involvement in the evolution of .

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The Pakistan Army has, as the title implies, featured prominently in the nation’s politics.

A must read for the youth, ceossed if they want to have a good grip on Pakistan’s history up till Gen Musharraf’s Era. Although it is biased towards Pakistan, the author makes great effort to keep the narrative balanced and provides an honest self-assessment. Lists with This Book. In History Bound It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. These uprisings have pitted the Jihadis and their Al Qaeda associates against the army, breaking a relationship between the Mullahs and the Military that was born during the regime of General Ziaul Haq in the s and sustained by Pakistan’s cossed of the Kashmiri uprising against India through the army’s Jihadi surrogates.

Nawaz dwells less on the corruption of the army itself, and there is too little, perhaps, sworvs the excesses of the ISI, the military intelligence branch, but there crosxed a full acknowledgement that the army’s interference in politics has actually stunted the democratic development of the country – a point often made by the late Benazir Bhutto.


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He also gives us the history of the inconsistencies of US-Pakistan relations which explain the often conspiratorial perceptions of many Pakistanis towards the United States today. Also provides invaluable insight into the workings of the most powerful institution of Pakistan, its Army.

Overall, a detailed account and great overview of the subject albeit a tough read with all the detail.

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Democracy can only flourish if army learns to stay and barracks and accepts political leadership. The Troika’s Musical Chairs Excellent book on history of Army as well as history of Pakistan.

Jul 01, Tariq rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. The Army of the Raj Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in both peace and war. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Personally, this book is the single best source to gain valuable insights about the army and Pakistan. The First Kashmir War See 2 questions about Crossed Swords….

Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within

The only criticism I have is on the very last chapter of the book where the author criticized an institution with baseless arguments. Guardians of the Faith Will it continue to intrude into national politics? Want crosseed Read Currently Reading Read.

Books by Shuja Nawaz. He then draws lessons from this history that may help Pakistan end its wars within and create a stabler political entity. Shahab Riazi rated it really liked it Jul 14, Aasem Bakhshi rated it really liked it Apr 03, Many nxwaz that an undemocratic Pakistan fighting its many sjuja wars may become a ‘failed state’, with dire consequences for the volatile and strategic region of the world in which it resides.


Or will an eventually unstable and Islamist-controlled army contribute to the collapse of the current Pakistani state and change its relationship with the West?

When what it regarded as corrupt and self-serving civilian politicians appeared to jeopardise the future, the army had little hesitation about intervention.

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Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

Martial Law and the Search for Legitimacy The US-Pakistan relationship is a long one and often filled with mutual distrust on both sides. Comparative Matters Ran Hirschl. A must read for students of Pakistan history. Author’s grip over the history and his comprehension is excellent and is conveyed to the reader in an explicit manner I recommend th An excellent book.

Shuja Nawaz (Author of Crossed Swords)

Jan 23, Khalid rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 02, I rated it really liked it. Enter the British Shkja the succession of coups, military governments [End Page ]and crackdowns, it is curious that there are so rcossed histories of the army’s political role. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Surpassing the Sovereign State David A.

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