Massarrat Sohail, Ph.D., teaches at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, where she is Assistant Professor of History and Pakistan Studies. Her research for this book was conducted at Leeds University and Cambridge University in the U.K.
PARTITION AND ANGLO-PAKISTAN RELATIONS, 1947-51
This book sheds light on Pakistan’s relations with Britain from 1947 to 1951, with special reference to problems arising from the partition of the sub-continent. It centres on the British involvement at that time in certain conflicts, directly or indirectly, between India and Pakistan. The book is divided into five parts. The first part provides a very brief survey of Anglo-Muslim relations between 1857 and 1964. The second part, entitled ‘Some Partition Problems’, opens the floodgates to a round of rows between the Muslim League and the British in 1947. In the third part, the author focuses on Pak-Commonwealth relations in the context of the Kashmir Problem. He also discusses how and why both Pakistan and India have got bogged down in this quagmire. The fourth part is about the Government of Pakistan’s attitudes and Britain’s policies regarding defence arrangements within the Commonwealth. It also deals with some economic aspects of the Anglo-Pakistan equation at that time. The final part considers the so-called ‘Pathanistan Issue’ and details the historical record on the lukewarm relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan — the latter as a shadow behind the entangled events in the Tribal Areas while Pakistan continued to hold out an olive branch to Afghanistan.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS