The Army in Pakistan

Print edition : October 03, 2014

“Unlike some armies that primarily concern themselves with external security challenges, the Pakistan Army also involves itself in managing domestic affairs of the state,” says Christine Fair. Here, Pakistani troops on a hilltop post near Ladha, a town in South Waziristan along the Afghan border. Photo: Anjum Naveed/AP

September 8, 1999: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Army chief General Pervez Musharraf in Skardu. On Kargil, Cloughley says “Pakistan behaved outrageously and contrary to international norms”. Photo: TANVEER MUGHAL/AFP

In his “new” military approach, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani was “invisible but around”. Photo: Anjum Naveed/AP

Two accounts on the Pakistan Army deliver a mixed bag—an objective history by one and sweeping conclusions by the other.
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