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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Haider Hussain rated it liked it Jun 19, The proximity of its vast and often hostile neighbour, India, and the difficulties in establishing a crosse democracy in a country so divided by region and ethnicity, meant that the Pakistan Army came to see itself as the bastion of national survival. Army, a state within, instead of holding country together is responsible for the mess Pakistan find itself in.

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Not only did this enmeshing in civil affairs compel the army to defeat its political opponents, often with violence, it also left it ill-equipped to fight external opponents, as examples in and have shown. For most of its life as an independent state, Pakistan has been under direct or indirect army rule, while pursuing an elusive quest for nationhood. Lists with This Book. One thing I can say about Shuja Nawaz is that he doesn’t pull any punches in his analysis of the relationships between the Pakistan Army, bureaucracy and politicians.

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

Author’s grip over the history and his comprehension is excellent and is conveyed to the reader in an explicit manner I recommend this book to all the people who follow history of Pakistan and its Politics. Nawaz dwells less on the corruption of the army itself, and there is too little, perhaps, on the excesses of the ISI, the military intelligence branch, but there is a full acknowledgement that the army’s interference sworrds politics has actually stunted the democratic development of the country – a point often made by the late Benazir Bhutto.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Pakistan Army has, as the title implies, featured prominently in the nation’s politics. Also provides invaluable insight into the workings of the most powerful institution of Pakistan, its Army.

Death of an Army Chief 4. Vrossed Contact Us Help. Haha rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Things Fall Apart Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Jan 23, Malik Qaisar Iqbal added it. It all adds up to a great read. Refresh and try again. I’m looking for this book but unable to find in any bookstore in Islamabad.

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In doing so, he lays bare key facts about Pakistan’s numerous wars with India and its many rounds of political musical chairs, as well as the Kargil conflict of Surpassing the Sovereign State David A. Courting Uncle Sam Haroon Malik7 rated it really liked it May 20, Nov 15, Abduljabbar rated it really liked it.

Aug 22, Ali Haider rated it really liked it. The Liberal Autocrat Two anonymous letters about death of General Asif Nawaz 5. The US-Pakistan relationship is a long one and shujaa filled with mutual distrust swordz both sides. Casey rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Rest is hush hush stuff which cannot be said.


Democracy can only flourish if army learns to stay and barracks and accepts political leadership. America Right or Wrong Anatol Lieven. Return to Book Page. If anyone has this book in Pdf form, would you please share this book with me on this email address shakeelsharza gmail. There is a difference of perception on historical events or facts.

Umang rated it it was amazing Oct 17, A must read for those who want to understand the “democratic” system and the relationships of politicians with the powerful Pakistan Army. Pakistan has also witnessed proxy wars between Shia and Sunni extremists, financed by local and foreign sources. They have a story crosser with intrigue, protagonists and nadaz, tin pot dictators and interesting characters.

Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in both peace and war.

The book starts from and covers all the wars that the army has fought as well as the role it has played in shaping the destiny of the country. Comparative Matters Ran Hirschl. Jul 29, Barry Sierer rated it it was amazing. The book very deliberately recounts the military events that defined the course on which the present day Pakistan is, with briefly touching upon other factors of change. Trivia About Crossed Swords: May Allaah give you the reward for this virtue, Thank You so much in advance.