Book title: AFTER ABBOTTABAD: Terror to Turmoil in Pakistan
Author(s): Anil Bhat
ISBN: 9788182746718
Publication Year: 2012
Binding: HB
Pages: 220
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 Overview

About the Book:
The US strike at Abbottabad which resulted in the elimination of Osama bin Laden is a turning point in the war of terror that began post 9/11. It is also a pebble in the pond whose ripples were felt across nations. The relationship of Pakistan and the US were strained to a large extent thanks to the US keeping the Pakistan forces out of the loop about the strike at the compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed. 

Since that incident Pakistan has seen internal turmoil and tried hard to come to grips with it. The Pakistan Army and ISI were literally caught with their pants down. The failed intelligence has stripped them of their supposed invincibility. The politicians in Pakistan are daring to make deals with the US without the blessing of the Pakistan Army. The balance of power in the nation is shifting and new players are emerging in the game. 

Pakistan is not the only nation which is adversely affected. Afghanistan is also worried about just how the 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops is likely to affect its very sovereignty with the Taliban, a fast ally of the Al Qaeda, resumes terror attacks as part of its ``Spring Offensive.`` The repeated bomb blasts around Kabul is a sign that the Taliban is very much around and waiting for its chance to over throw the present government. 

India lives with the uncertainty of volatile neighbours. It may be the largest nation, but it is not clearly the most powerful. Dealing with an unreasonable enemy whose sole rallying point is maintaining India as a common enemy for its various factions ensures that India will not be breathing easy even after Abbottabad.



About the Author:

Born in New Delhi, on 18th August, 1951, alumnus of St Columba`s School, New Delhi, National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, Anil Bhat was commissioned into 19th Battalion, The Madras Regiment on 31st March 1972 and later, transferred to 4th Horse. Hand-picked for posting to Defence Ministry`s Directorate of Public Relations in 1998, he raised two of its regional offices at Imphal and Guwahati in 1988 and 1991 respectively. In 1993 he was posted as Public Relations Officer, Indian Army in the capital, from where he took early retirement in April 1999. 

A recipient of Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India and Commendations by Chief of Army Staff and GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, he was Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (2001-2003), working on a new subject, `Public Information and National Security` and authored `Information And Security: Where Truth Lies` (Manas), followed by `Assam Terrorism and the Demographic Challenge (Centre for Land Warfare Studies and Knowledge World). A defence and strategic affairs analyst, his areas of focus are Jammu & Kashmir, North-East, Left Wing Extremism, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, insurgencies and terrorist movements in South Asia, Indian military history and defence industry. A syndicated columnist contributing analytical articles and book reviews to a number of Indian and foreign newspapers, magazines and portals as well as research papers published in many edited books and journals, he is Editor of his own defence news features agency , WordSword Features. (His website www.wordsword.in was irretrievably hacked by elements inimical to India).



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