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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A must read for the youth, especially if they want to have a good grip on Pakistan’s history up till Gen Musharraf’s Era. Why the war failed! Jan 23, Malik Qaisar Iqbal added it.


Using many hitherto unpublished materials from the archives of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Ccrossed Headquarters of the Pakistan army, as well as interviews with key nawza and political figures in Pakistan and the United States, he sheds light not only on the Pakistan army and its US connections but also on Pakistan as a key Muslim country in one of the world’s toughest neighbourhoods.

The army, whilst trying the save the nation, has found itself acting as power broker for a variety of competing political groups and running a civilian administration for which it naaaz never trained. They have a story complete with intrigue, protagonists and antagonists, tin pot dictators and interesting characters.

Moreover, Nawaz reveals, through a great deal of previously unpublished material, the internal details of this Punjabi-dominated institution, its decision-making, and its relationships with Pakistan’s political and religious factions.

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Bleak chances but there is still a hope for pakistan. Recommended to Amanullah by: Overall, a detailed account and great overv Provided great insight into the pivotal role the Pak Army has on its national system of government. The book also has some startling revelations like the presence of a CIA spy in Nwaz Gandhi’s cabinet during the war.


Jan 06, Alok Agarwal added it. It is not a fast read but is well worth it.

Refresh and try again. It is no wonder that Pak is not trusting of U.

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Hardcoverpages. Return to Book Page. Aug 22, Ali Haider rated it really liked it. 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 nawzz army’s interference in politics has actually stunted the democratic development of the country – a point often made by the late Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan and its army are inseparable entities. Author’s grip over shuuja history and his comprehension is excellent and is conveyed to the reader in an explicit manner I recommend th An excellent book. 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.

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 sowrds of Aug 02, I rated it really liked it.

Jul 01, Tariq rated it liked it. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. It has also provoked much street unrest within Pakistan, a country facing a hostile larger neighbour, India, and wracked by internal wars and insurrections, pitting linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups against each other and the state. Shija Troika’s Musical Chairs It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

This book is an crosded guide to the history and nuances of Pakistani Army, and through it, the history of the nation itself. Using many hitherto unpublished materials from the archives Based on 30 years of research and analysis, this definitive book is a profound, multi-layered, and historical analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistan army in the country’s polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States.


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

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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Guardians of the Faith His book was part of my research when I was sketching out ideas and thoughts for my swrods novel, and I can honestly say that many of the things he wrote were echoed in interviews with Army personnel. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Saords book is a profound, multi-layered, and historical analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistan army in the country’s polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States.

Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within. When what it regarded as corrupt and self-serving civilian politicians appeared to jeopardise the future, the army had little hesitation about intervention. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Nov 15, Abduljabbar rated it really liked it. A Difficult Birth Democracy can only flourish if army learns to stay and barracks and accepts political leadership. Dec 29, Faraz Azam rated it really liked it. A must read for students of Pakistan history.

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