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  • THE FRAGMENTATION OF AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan has long been a country in turmoil. For decades, imperial powers, Islamic fundamentalists, tribal warriors, and communists have struggled for control of a nation that is geographically and ethnically fragmented.

    Their conflict reached a peak in the fourteen-year-long civil war that erupted in 1978, a war that resulted in the disintegration of Afghanistan as a state. This fascinating book is a complete analysis of the Afghan civil war, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet-installed president, in 1992.

    Drawing on interviews and unpublished private and government documents, Barnett Rubin shows how both the communist regime and the mujahidin (Islamic resistance) recruited leaders and mobilized resources for the conflict, and how international changes from the election of Ronald Reagan to the collapse of the Soviet Union affected the Afghan state.

    Rubin argues that the origins, conduct, and resolution of the war were a function of Afghanistan’s connections to the international community, for Afghanistan was incorporated into a state system not of its own making, and foreign financial and military assistance transformed both tribalism and fundamentalism to the point that they are as much creations of international conflict as the resurgence of local traditions.


    ISBN: 0300059639
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     995
  • THE FRIDAY TIMES PROFILES

    This collection of profiles by Rina Saeed Khan was for The Friday Times, Pakistan’s most popular political weekly. They were written over a six-year period from 1992-1998 and include artists like Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq, intellectuals like Seyyed Hossein Nasr, filmstars like Neeli and war heroes like MM Alam. Lawyers like Dr Parvez Hassan, economists like Moeen Qureshi, politicians like Dr Noorjehan Panezai and global leaders like James Wolfensohn are also featured. Lucid pithy and insightful, these profiles are a valuable and interesting addition to the biographical literature of Pakistan.
    ISBN: 969402319X
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     895
  • THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN

    “Because Pakistan is marinated in crisis, attention is riveted on the latest outrage, disaster, or calamity to occur in the country. The often-asked question following such events is whether they will push Pakistan over the edge, ‘edge’ being variously defined-at the minimum, as another military takeover; at the maximum, as the breakup of the state. The cover of this book, which features a puzzle, symbolizes the larger analytical problem: is Pakistan coming apart or is it being put together in some new order?” -STEPHEN P. COHEN in the Preface

    “Pakistan has witnessed the banning of a number of militant groups and the arrests and targeted killings of key al Qaeda and related militants… The results have backfired-and continue to backfire-on the Pakistani army, through both colossal casualties in the tribal areas and direct attacks against regional and national security forces and military headquarters.” -LAILA BOKHARI

    “There is no likelihood of a takeover of Pakistan by religious extremists. Pakistanis are a deeply religious people, but extremism is alien to their nature, and, as they have proven, their tolerance for the Taliban form of government is very low while their tolerance for suffering in the cause of ridding themselves of this scourge is very high.”-SHAUKAT QADIR

    “If the military does seek full power over the next five years, it will probably be in response to domestic instability so palpable that military rule would be welcomed by most of the public.”-MARVIN G. WEINGAUM

    “Too often people use the argument that tradition is largely responsible for Pakistan’s challenges in lowering its population growth rate. That is fallacious. The lack of priority given to female education, combined with the lack of priority given to developing sectors in the economy to support the economic empowerment of women, is fundamentally responsible.”-ANITA M. WEISS

    “[Pakistan] can go either way: decline and fragment or emerge as a functioning democracy and middle-level economy. However, Pakistan’s turnaround is not possible without internal determination to address the issues that afflict the state and society and international support to meet those challenges.”-HASAN ASKARI RIZVI
    ISBN: 9789694025575
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,995
  • THE IDEA OF PAKISTAN


    ISBN: 9694024919
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,995
  • THE ISLAMIC NATION

    The objective of this book is to examine the problem from a perspective common to Muslims, without losing sight of the key interests and concerns of the West. The book barely scratches the surface. Nevertheless, the author prays that Muslims and their leaders can look at the Ummah (world Muslim community), examine their strengths and weaknesses, and make themselves stronger in the process.
    ISBN: 9694022800
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     895
  • THE ISLAMIC NATION

    The objective of this book is to examine the problem from a perspective common to Muslims, without losing sight of the key interests and concerns of the West. The book barely scratches the surface. Nevertheless, the author prays that Muslims and their leaders can look at the Ummah (world Muslim community), examine their strengths and weaknesses, and make themselves stronger in the process
    ISBN: 9694022801
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     995
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NAZIR AKBARABADI

    Nazir Akbarabadi (1735-1830) was a remarkable Urdu poet of the sub-continent, who stands out as being distinct from the romantic or mystic mainstream of medieval Urdu poetry. He was a private tutor by profession but despite tempting offers never made poetry a trade. Nazir’s poetry is at once objective and large-hearted. Absorbed in the zest for life, its joys and sorrows are for him only passing shadows on the stage. It is this down-to-earth realism that makes him so relevant to society today. He adopted a new idiom which was firmly rooted in the soil and had direct links with the masses. This is the first time any Pakistani has attempted to shed light for the English reader on Nazir and his many moods.
    ISBN: 9694024471
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     795
  • THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SAADAT HASAN MANTO

    This is the first full length study of the life and works of Manto to appear in the forty years since his death. Considering that he was amongst the foremost of the Urdu short story writers associated with the progressive writers movement as well as a powerful influence on the current generation of Urdu writers, it w4s time to remedy this literary vacuum.

    ISBN: Z1482 – Hardback
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    ISBN: Z1482
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,495
  • THE MADRASSAH CHALLENGE

    An ever-expanding body of literature continues to concentrate on the supposed role the madrassah, or religious school, plays in threatening international security. Even though none of the 9/11 attackers studied in such schools, they are alleged to be incubators of militants in Pakistan and the region. In The Madrassah Challenge, C. Christine Fair explores the true significance of the madrassah and its role in Pakistan’s educational system.

    In her rigorous analysis, Fair examines the number of these schools in Pakistan, their share of the educational market, the curriculum, socioeconomic background of the students and the connections between the madrassah schools and militancy. Fair chronicles the Pakistan government’s efforts to reform the madrassah system and the support in Pakistan for such reform. She offers important policy implications and suggestions for policy initiatives that might address some of the main concerns emanating from ostensible ties between education and security inside and outside Pakistan.

    Drawing upon extensive interviews with madrassah officials, teachers and students in Pakistan, discussions with international government and nongovernmental analysts, and numerous survey data and opinion polls, Fair makes a comprehensive, rich, and timely contribution that helps separate fact from fiction.
    ISBN: 9789694025209
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

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  • THE MAKING OF THE FRONTIER

    “Some word of explanation seems due when an unknown writer obtrudes a personal narrative on the public. My reason for writing this book was, that as the story of the development of the Gilgit Frontier, told in my letters and diaries, was read with interest by some who saw those papers, it seemed probable that its publication might give to those who have no chance of seeing the sort of life their countrymen lead on an uncivilised frontier, a faithful idea of what such an existence means. “ Colonel Algernon Durand

    The book is a plain and unvarnished tale of the experiences of a frontier officer in times of peace as well as in those of war. It was written under adverse circumstances, in the scanty hours of leisure snatched from- official work in India, and was written by the military secretary to the Viceroy of India.


    ISBN: 9694023122
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     995
  • THE MILITARY IN PAKISTAN

    This book is not an orthodox history of the Pakistani armed forces. Instead, it is an attempt to present the “imagined” history of the army and the impact of this perceived image on the reality of its establishment.

    This “imaginal” point of view is a highly eulogistic and one-sided version fed officially to the public to the exclusion of, or in opposition to, the reality itself.

    The image which is presented has the full backing of the state but it is not always real or true and rarely reveals the whole picture. Like the civil services, the top echelons of the army are British oriented and remain wedded to the colonial image long after the political and commercial classes have acquired an indigenous identity of their own.

    Over time, however, military power has become synonymous with the health of me state itself and come to dominate the “national” image of the country.

    The military has acquired a mystique and charisma which exceeds its objective reality and functional limitations. This book examines the military’s ceaseless pursuit of an imagined image of itself. It also shows how triviality rather than greatness, accident rather than design, fiction rather than fact have often been the quintessence of Pakistan’s military history.


    ISBN: 9694022827
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,495
  • THE MOHMANDS

    The publication of WRH Merk’s Report on the Mohmands completes a trilogy of three rare and valuable accounts of three major tribes living in the Tribal Areas of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Merk’s Report, like the other two authoritative monographs by E Howell on the “Mahsuds” (Mizh: a Monograph on Government’s Relations with the Mahsud Tribe, Oxford University Press, Oxford in Asia Historical Reprint Series, 1979) and LW King on the “Orakzais” (Monograph on the Orakzai Country and Clans, Vanguard Books, Lahore, Historical Reprint Series, 1984) is little known and not to be found in the bibliographies of the standard books on the Frontier such as Olaf Caroe’s “The Pathans” (Macmillan 1965) and Frederik Barth’s “Political Leadership among Swat Pathans” (Athlone Press 1972).

    Although brief, Merk’s report provides a wealth of detail regarding tribal administration and organization. It is in fact to my knowledge the only authoritative extant account of the Mohmands written before or during the British period.

    Written in a clear and simple style the Report conveys a vivid picture of the Mohmands.

    Alas, one wishes the report could have been longer so more of Merk’s material could have emerged. In its present form the Report stands as a valuable contribution to the limited literature on tribal societies and administration in Pakistan.

    ISBN: 9694024277 – Hardback
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    ISBN: 9694024277
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

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  • THE MURDER OF HISTORY

    In Pakistani schools and colleges what is being taught as History is really national mythology, and the subjects of Social Studies and Pakistan Studies are nothing but vehicles of political indoctrination. Our children don’t learn History.

    They are ordered to read a carefully selected collection of falsehoods, fairy tales and plain lies. Why and how has this come about? Who is responsible for it? In what ways is this destroying the country? Why doesn’t anyone protest against it? In this book, the distinguished Pakistani historian K K Aziz asks and answers these questions for the first time, by making an in-depth study of 66 textbooks on these subjects currently in use in the schools and colleges of the country.

    He (1) lists their errors of fact, emphasis and interpretation, (2) enumerates their major omissions, (3) corrects their mistakes, (4) brings out the distortions they teach and perpetuate, (5) estimates their ravaging effects on the students, and (6) measures their impact on the nation at large.

    He does this with documented scholarship, meticulous care, deep understanding, acute concern, and rare courage.

    This is a stinging but fully deserved attack on the governments which order and prescribe these textbooks, the scholars and educationists who plan and approve them, the professors who write them, and the parents who accept them.

    The contents of this book should shake every general reader and throw every parent into a panic.


    ISBN: 969402126X
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

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  • THE MUSLIM MIND

    In this book Muslims, men and women, speak from the heart about what they believe and how they live. The central truths of Islam are stated by doctors, engineers, politicians, bankers, carpenters, as well as theologians. Islam has a billion followers. Like other great religions, its beliefs need to be taken seriously by all who want to understand today’s world. What does it have to say about family life, money, education, racial equality and pollution? Muslim readers of earlier editions welcomed a Christian author giving such a fair hearing to their faith. Their own sincere answers to her enquiries give a vivid insight into the Muslim mind. This book contains valuable resource material and is of interest to the general and to the academic reader.
    ISBN: 9694024080
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     695
  • THE PAKISTAN ANTI-HERO: HISTORY OF PAKISTANI NATIONALISM THROUGH THE LIVES OF ICONOCLASTS

    In The Pakistan Anti-Hero, Paracha further explores the political and social evolution of Pakistan’s polity which he first investigated in his best-selling debut, End of the Past.

    He expands this investigation by closely tracking the country’s social and political trajectory through the lives of ‘anti-heroes’ – or those men and women whose place in history has transcended model heroic characteristics.

    From digging deeper into the psyches and histories of well-known men and women, to looking closer at the lives of those who have only briefly been explored, Paracha surveys the lives of scholars, ideologues, sportsmen, authors, politicians, militants, actors and even some obscure personalities that he met as a young man and then as a journalist.

    He cuts through the mainstream historical accounts of certain famous as well as notorious figures to study them in a more detached and yet empathetic manner to gain a starker understanding of a nation which has continued to develop through multiple existential crisis.
    ISBN: 9789694026053
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,695
  • THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HEALTH CARE IN PAKISTAN

    This book deals with one of the most essential conditions of human existence: the health of individuals and society. The author has described the multi-faceted structure of health care in Pakistan at great length and has then identified and highlighted the results of this health system on the people of the country. He uses a Marxist framework and shows how the exploitation and domination of a small minority in the economic structure of society is mirrored in the health structure of the country. He argues that the existing economic and political situation in Pakistan has resulted in a model of health care which is elitist, western-oriented, and suited to the needs of a handful of well-to-do people. The author shows how this elitist bias is predominant in the numerous layers of the model, and issues, such as medical education, the social background of medical students, the geographical location of health facilities and doctors, etc., are all analyzed within this perspective. He shows convincingly, that the goal “health for all by the year 2000”, given the existing class structure in Pakistan, is an impossibility. To achieve health for all, or for even the majority of the people in Pakistan or any other underdeveloped capitalist country, one needs, as a prerequisite, to change the existing economic, social and political structure which gives birth to the particular inequitable model of health care. Only then can one have the beginnings of a more just and equitable society and hope for health for all.
    ISBN: 9694020026
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

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  • THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HEALTH CARE IN PAKISTAN

    This book deals with one of the most essential conditions of human existence: the health of individuals and society. The author has described the multi-faceted structure of health care in Pakistan at great length and has then identified and highlighted the results of this health system on the people of the country. He uses a Marxist framework and shows how the exploitation and domination of a small minority in the economic structure of society is mirrored in the health structure of the country. He argues that the existing economic and political situation in Pakistan has resulted in a model of health care which is elitist, western-oriented, and suited to the needs of a handful of well-to-do people. The author shows how this elitist bias is predominant in the numerous layers of the model, and issues, such as medical education, the social background of medical students, the geographical location of health facilities and doctors, etc., are all analyzed within this perspective. He shows convincingly, that the goal “health for all by the year 2000”, given the existing class structure in Pakistan, is an impossibility. To achieve health for all, or for even the majority of the people in Pakistan or any other underdeveloped capitalist country, one needs, as a prerequisite, to change the existing economic, social and political structure which gives birth to the particular inequitable model of health care. Only then can one have the beginnings of a more just and equitable society and hope for health for all.
    ISBN: 9694020034
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     595
  • THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN PAKISTAN

    ISBN: 8120403657 – Paperback
    Publisher: OXFORD AND IBH
    ISBN: Z1446
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     100
  • THE QUR’AN REVEALED

    Colin Turner’s analysis of Nursi’s Episties of Light presents Nursi’s commentary on the Quran in an especially interesting manner for an English-speaking audience.

    The topics of Nursi’s episties including nature and causality, belief and unbelief, righteous action, sincerity and brotherhood, love, and politics cover the gamut of human existence and reflections on humankind’s place in the universe.

    Colin Turner’s The Quran Revealed is a remarkable exercise in “thick description,” a method of inquiry associated with Clifford Geertz, that places a text or set of events in a context that allows outsiders to understand its significance.

    (from the foreword by Dale F. Eickelman)
    ISBN: 9789694025704
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,995
  • THE RELIEF OF CHITRAL


    ISBN: 9694022983
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,495
  • THE RELUCTANT REPUBLIC ETHOS AND MYTHOS OF PAKISTAN

    Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s quest to explore various questions of identity in the nation-state of Pakistan continues. In this sixth book of his, The Reluctant Republic, he ventures even deeper to investigate the history of statist-nationalist narratives in Pakistan and how the country’s diverse ethnic, sectarian and sub-sectarian groups responded to these narratives. Paracha posits that statist experiments in this context have largely failed to build a cohesive and confident nation-state which is always in fear of coming apart. As is often the case in his books, parallel to investigating the faultlines that crisscross Pakistan’s existence as a nation-state, Paracha simultaneously weaves a counter-narrative. He challenges and deconstructs the statist narratives to provide a constructive alternative to experiments and narratives that have been unable to shape a unified and progressive nation-state but continue being repeated with minor modifications. Paracha builds a compelling case to conclude that the state of Pakistan must come to terms with the fact that the formulation of a civic-nationalism – or a nationalism based on a nation of diverse ‘micro-nations’ joined to an integrated economy rather than to a dominant ethnic group or a specific faith – is the country’s only way out of the vicious cycle it seems to be stuck in. A cycle that weakens the resolve and structure of the nation-state every time it completes one futile rotation after another.
    ISBN: 9789694026480
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS

     1,495
  • THE REPORT OF THE HAMOODUR RAHMAN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE 1971 WAR

    The report of the Hamoodur Rehman Commission of Inquiry into the 1971 War As Declassified by the Government of Pakistan is more than just an investigation into what happened in 1971 in East Pakistan. It is in fact the views of three eminent Pakistani judges, Mr Justice Hamoodur Rehman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan: Mr Justice Anwarul Haq,