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  • EAST PAKISTAN TO BANGADESH

    East Pakistan to Bangladesh is an intimate, yet action-packed narration of real-life events experienced by Brig. (R.) Saadullah Khan’s 27th Infantry Brigade in the 1971 War. It is also Khan’s ode to his brave soldiers who fought gallantly by his side. In his rundown, Khan reveals Pakistan surrendered too early in a war that could have been won. Brig. Saadullah Khan offers a revelatory insight into secrets of the 1971 war that some would rather bury. It tells a frame-by-frame story of the combat from someone who was right in the midst of the fight. He saw with his own eyes how his soldiers? sacrifices were discarded and victory stolen from just within their grasps.

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  • SUFISM, IMPERIALISM AND TRIBALISM AMONG THE PAKHTUNS

    This book provides not only a detailed account of the mysterious personality of Bayazid Ansari, the Roshniya Movement but also explores the sixteenth century political, religious and cultural landscapes of the Pakhtuns’ borderland. It paints a picture mostly based on primary and authentic secondary sources and its scientific analysis of the tribal and spiritual resistance offered by the tribes to Mughal imperialism. It tries to present the contextual situation of the age obtaining around the event that has been buried in the sands of history. This work challenges the established concepts with regard to Bayazid and his movement terming it as incidental collaborators of the Mughals. Given its non-conformist approach the book will generate a debate among scholars on this very important episode of the Pakhtuns’ history.

    Prof. Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah
    Historian, former Dean FSS, QAU, Islamabad.

    The book under review paints a beautiful picture of the tribal and spiritual resistance offered by Pakhtun society against the tyranny of Mughal imperialism. It not only covers the mysterious aspects of Bayazid Ansari’s maverick personality, but also seeks to explain and interpret the intellectual basis of the Roshniya movement. Dr. Himayatullah certainly deserves appreciation, as he has successfully attempted to present the contextual situation of the age obtaining around events, the details of which still remain buried in the sands of history. He has also explored the roles of famous characters, with their thoughts and actions and has explained their strengths and weaknesses. His effort seems to be in accord with the requirements and standards of scientific inquiry. His scholarly effort also seems to be in line with the new parlance of modern historiography.

    Prof. Dr. Ghulam Qasim Marwat
    Qurtuba University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar.

    This is an incredibly valuable work of history and scholarship. Dr. Yaqubi’s work is thoroughly rooted in a deep consideration of the sources. Unlike other approaches that may interpret Bayazid through present day political aspirations, this work finds a way to interpret the context of Bayazid’s moment through a careful analysis of the Roshani and other contemporary works. That’s fantastic.

    Dr. William Sherman
    University of North Carolina, USA.
    ISBN: 9789694026695
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: BAYAZID ANSARI AND THE ROSHNIYA MOVEMENT
    Author: HIMAYATULLAH YAQUBI

     3,495
  • MY PAKISTAN


    ISBN: A6500
    Publisher: BOOK HOME
    Subtitle:
    Author: ZULFIKAR ALI BHUTTO

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  • TINDERBOX

    In Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan, M.J. Akbar embarks on a historical whodunnit to trace the journey of an idea, and the events, people, circumstances and mindset that divided India. He brings an impressive array of research, perception and analysis to solve this puzzle with a fluent, engaging narrative style, making a difficult subject deceptively accessible. There could be no better guide to the subcontinent s past, and a glimpse into its future.
    ISBN: 9789350291948
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: THE PAST AND FUTURE OF PAKISTAN
    Author: M. J. AKBAR

     1,495
  • COVER POINT

    A lifetime in the diplomatic service of Pakistan gave Jamsheed Marker a unique vantage point?in cricket terms, he was at cover point, i.e. ?near enough to the wicket to follow the action around the stumps?yet sufficiently distant for a general overview of the state of play?. This work relates the first-hand impressions of Mr Marker, which he garnered during his illustrious career, starting with Quaid-i-Azam M.A. Jinnah up until the rule of General Pervez Musharraf.
    ISBN: 9780199402892
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: IMPRESSIONS OF LEADERSHIP IN PAKISTAN
    Author: JAMSHEED MARKER

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  • THE HELL OF GOOD INTENTIONS

    From the New York Times?bestselling author Stephen M. Walt, The Hell of Good Intentions dissects the faults and foibles of recent American foreign policy?explaining why it has been plagued by disasters like the ?forever wars? in Iraq and Afghanistan and outlining what can be done to fix it.

    In 1992, the United States stood at the pinnacle of world power and Americans were confident that a new era of peace and prosperity was at hand. Twenty-five years later, those hopes have been dashed. Relations with Russia and China have soured, the European Union is wobbling, nationalism and populism are on the rise, and the United States is stuck in costly and pointless wars that have squandered trillions of dollars and undermined its influence around the world.

    The root of this dismal record, Walt argues, is the American foreign policy establishment?s stubborn commitment to a strategy of ?liberal hegemony.? Since the end of the Cold War, Republicans and Democrats alike have tried to use U.S. power to spread democracy, open markets, and other liberal values into every nook and cranny of the planet. This strategy was doomed to fail, but its proponents in the foreign policy elite were never held accountable and kept repeating the same mistakes.

    Donald Trump won the presidency promising to end the misguided policies of the foreign policy ?Blob? and to pursue a wiser approach. But his erratic and impulsive style of governing, combined with a deeply flawed understanding of world politics, are making a bad situation worse. The best alternative, Walt argues, is a return to the realist strategy of ?offshore balancing,? which eschews regime change, nation-building, and other forms of global social engineering. The American people would surely welcome a more restrained foreign policy, one that allowed greater attention to problems here at home. This long-overdue shift will require abandoning the futile quest for liberal hegemony and building a foreign policy establishment with a more realistic view of American power.

    Clear-eyed, candid, and elegantly written, Stephen M. Walt?s The Hell of Good Intentions offers both a compelling diagnosis of America?s recent foreign policy follies and a proven formula for renewed success.
    ISBN: 9780374280031
    Publisher: FARRAR
    Subtitle: AMERICA’S FOREIGN POLICY ELITE AND THE DECLINE OF U.S. PRIMACY
    Author: STEPHEN M. WALT

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  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT

    In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror.

    The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded.

    Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander?s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra.

    In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander?s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing?which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.
    ISBN: 9781416592815
    Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Subtitle:
    Author: PHILIP FREEMAN

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  • A PRINCELY AFFAIR

    West Pakistan, on 15 August 1947, was less than half its present size. Nearly a year of negotiations, arguments, threats, and even chance, brought nine princely states into the Pakistani fold. Thereafter followed a long and staggered process of integration.
    Using hitherto unused and inaccessible primary sources, this path-breaking book completes the story of the creation of Pakistan. In charting the accession and integration of the princely states, this book shows the complicated and often botched processes of the consolidation of Pakistan. The problems emanating from this early period, haphazard constitutional integration, weak local political forces, the insurgency in Balochistan since 1948, and a weak sense of national identity and citizenship, remain with Pakistan today.
    ISBN: 9780190708719
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE ACCESSION AND INTEGRATION OF THE PRINCELY STATES OF PAKISTAN, 1947?1955
    Author: YAQOOB KHAN BANGASH

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  • WE’VE LEARNT NOTHING FROM HISTORY

    In this book, Air Marshal (Retired) M. Asghar Khan presents an insider’s view of Pakistan’s struggle for democracy from the 1960s to the present. The book expounds on the early entry of Pakistan’s armed forces into the country’s politics and the author’s opposition to military rule that began in 1968 with the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy. This movement resulted in the ouster of President Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1969 after eleven years of military rule. The author describes his continued opposition to autocratic and dictatorial rule, especially General Yahya Khan’s policy of brutal suppression through military action in East Pakistan. He also recounts his strong criticism of the General’s refusal to hand over power to Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and the Awami League?winners of the first-ever free and fair general elections held in Pakistan. The author recalls Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s rise to political power during the 1970s, and General Ziaul Haq’s dogmatic and iron-fisted military rule during the 1980s, and elaborates on some pertinent features of Pakistan’s domestic and international situation. The book concludes with the author’s assessment of General Pervez Musharraf’s five years in power consequent upon the re-entry of the armed forces in the country’s politics in 1999, after a brief and tumultuous interlude with democracy.
    ISBN: 9780199064847
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: PAKISTAN: POLITICS AND MILITARY POWER
    Author: M. ASGHAR KHAN

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  • PAKISTAN-A DREAM GONE SOUR

    Fifty years after its creation, Pakistan continues its search for stability. In August 1947, at the time of independence, Pakistan symbolized the wishes and expectations of the Muslims of the subcontinent, united under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    In August 1997, there seems to be a crisis of public confidence in the country?s future. The reality of today?s Pakistan is very different from the dream. This book is in the main the story of six of Pakistan?s Presidents Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Z. A. Bhutto, Ziaul Haq, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, and Farooq Leghari?each of whom has, in his own way, directly or indirectly, contributed to the sense of betrayal and loss of confidence that is prevalent in the country. The author also examines the question of where sovereignty really lies in Pakistan and analyses critically the roles not only for the six presidents, but also of politicians, bureaucrats, judiciary, and the armed forces, and concludes with an assessment of the implications for Pakistan?s democracy of recent political events.
    ISBN: 9780195779806
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ROEDAD KHAN

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  • POINTS OF ENTRY

    Pakistan is more than the sum of its news-making parts. In these marvellous essays on history, politics and society, cultural critic Nadeem Farooq Paracha upturns various reductive readings of the country by revealing its multi-layered reality. With wit and insight, he investigates past events and their implications for modern-day society.

    Thus, one piece explores how and why Mohenjo-daro has been neglected as a historical site, and another examines how Muhammad-bin-Qasim, who briefly invaded Sindh in 713 CE, has come to be lionised as the original founder of Pakistan. There is a story about a Pakistani Jimi Hendrix who plays the guitar like a dream and also one about a medieval emperor who lives on in the swear words of a Punjabi peasant. There are essays on Pakistani pop music, on Afro-Pakistanis and on how Jhuley Lal came to be more than just a folk deity for Sindhi immigrants in India.
    ISBN: 9.7897E+12
    Publisher: LIBERTY BOOKS
    Subtitle: ENCOUNTERS AT THE ORIGIN-SITES OF PAKISTAN
    Author: NADEEM FAROOQ PARACHA

     1,695
  • THE ACCIDENTAL GUERRILLA

    This landmark book a Washington Post bestseller transformed the theory and practice of counterinsurgency.

    Colouring his account with gripping battlefield experience from the highlands of Southeast Asia, the mountains of the Afghanistan Pakistan border, and the dusty towns of the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, David Kilcullen argues that neither counterterrorism nor traditional counterinsurgency is the appropriate framework to fight the enemy we now face. Traditional counterinsurgency is more effective than counterterrorism when it comes to entities like Al-Qaeda, but, as Kilcullen contends, our current focus is far too narrow, concentrating on only one geographical region and one state.

    Today’s wars present a very different situation: stateless insurgents and terrorists operating across a large number of countries and only loosely affiliated with each other. Western armies have done a poor job of applying different tactics to different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances as part of a coordinated worldwide network. The Accidental Guerrilla identifies the problem and suggests workable solutions.

    This highly readable and closely argued book is essential for all those thinking about and fighting wars today.
    ISBN: 9781849047111
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: FIGHTING SMALL WARS IN THE MIDST OF A BIG ONE
    Author: DAVID KILCULLEN

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  • SAPIENS

    THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human in the perfect read for these unprecedented times. Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us. In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going. I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species’ Bill Gates ‘Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth’ Barack Obama **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
    ISBN: PB001
    Publisher: VINTAGE
    Subtitle: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND
    Author: YUVAL NOAH HARARI

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  • HOMO DEUS

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. In uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we’re going.

    ‘Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before’ Daniel Kahneman, bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

    It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?
    ISBN: 9781784703936
    Publisher: VINTAGE
    Subtitle: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW
    Author: YUVAL NOAH HARARI

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  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.
    ISBN: 9780553175219
    Publisher: BANTAM BOOKS
    Subtitle: FROM THE BIG BANG TO BLACK HOUSE
    Author: STEPHEN HAWKING

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  • LAHORE: TOPOPHILIA OF SPACE AND PLACE

    The book is a reconstruction of the historical and cultural images of Lahore, one of the oldest cities in the Indian Subcontinent. The author has chosen an interdisciplinary approach that combines the studies in cultural anthropology, literary and historical sources, art history and humanistic geography. The central point of the analysis is topophilia (lit. love of place), the term used to describe the strong sense of place or identity among certain peoples and groups. In the present book, the topophilia of Lahore is represented through interrelations of different types of urban locations, landscapes, architecture and artefacts on the one hand and human attitudes, rituals and manners and customs on the other. The author’s aim is to show how the historical andcultural developments of people build up the cultural landscape of the city and how the geographical place and space, in their turn, influence the behaviour and identity of Lahore’s citizens.
    ISBN: 9780190706456
    Publisher: OXFORD
    Subtitle:
    Author: ANNA SUVOROVA

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  • PUNJAB: AN ANATOMY OF MUSLIM-SIKH POLITICS

    Punjab: An Anatomy of Muslim-Sikh Politics is more than “just another’ commentary. It is an important work of political, historical and cultural enquiry. In this effort, Dr. Akhtar Sandhu’s historical insight, his intellectual vigour, literary prowess and profound sense of conviction are embedded. With majors in social science and History as his academic achievements and thorough understanding of the research methodology, the author has presented a well researched and well articulated book. The reader may agree or disagree with the conclusions drawn by the author but the rich source of authenticated information he provides will, for sure, become the basis for further investigation by research scholars to distinguish the wrong from the right. Hopefully this work of reference will spark a lively debate and educate and inspire students of history and policy makers alike.
    ISBN: 9789692315005
    Publisher: DOGAR PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: 2ND ED
    Author: AKHTAR HUSSAIN SANDHU

     2,500
  • UNDER SUCH A SHELTERING SKY

    The year is 1971. After decades of military rule, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his Awami League had won a landslide victory in the first election based on universal franchise in Pakistan. But the euphoria is short-lived. Instead of handing over power to the winner, the military regime cracks down on the Eastern wing of the country to crush the movement for the liberation of Bangladesh. A brutal conflict follows pitting West against East, turning neighbours against each other, dividing friends and families and igniting war between India and Pakistan. Two young men find themselves caught up in the tumultuous events of that year on opposite sides of the war. One is battling to preserve the unity of Pakistan, the other is fighting for an independent Bangladesh. Their paths cross in unpredictable ways in the chaos of war. As first one side and then the other gains the upper hand, at critical moments each man would hold the other’s life in his hands. What would they do? And what are the consequences of the choices they make?
    ISBN: 9789697161690
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle:
    Author: SARMILA BOSE

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  • FROM KARGIL TO THE COUP

    Ever since the Kargil war of 1999 between then newly nuclearized India and Pakistan, there has been endless speculation about the precise motivations, planning and execution of the operation. In her long-awaited study of Kargil, Nasim Zehra combines hitherto unknown information garnered from key players in the Pakistani military establishment involved in the planning of the incursion with a historically grounded and analytically nuanced analysis of the Indo-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir. She convincingly shows how the Kargil conflict accentuated Pakistan s relations with not only India and the United States of America but also brought to the fore age-old tensions between the civil and military arms of the state, resulting in the 1999 military coup. A gripping account of the Kargil war as it unfolded surreptitiously and then flagrantly, this study puts to rest myths about the relative strengths of the military decision-making process in Pakistan compared to its civilian counterpart, underscoring the imperative need to streamline both with a view to facilitating more cooperative relations between them, especially in the realm of strategic security. Well researched and persuasively argued, the book is mandatory reading for students of international relations and South Asia.

    (Professor Ayesha Jalal, Historian)

    Nasim Zehra s book is a remarkably honest, bold, diligent and well-researched account of the Kargil episode, a doomed initiative, conceived in shadows, without a thought-through institutional evaluation and based on a misreading of the international situation. The author combines a wealth of information and a good deal of fresh detail with scholarly insights and deep analysis. She has produced a comprehensive landmark case study- a must read- of great value to policy makers and scholars in Pakistan and to the wider readership interested in the history and political affairs of the country and the region.

    (Riaz M Khan, Senior Diplomat, former Foreign Secretary)

    The Kargil episode has remained an enigma both in Pakistan as well as India. Shrouded in secrecy, the deafening silence on this conflict has given rise to many conspiracies, rumours and ill-informed opinions on both sides of the divide, in India and Pakistan. In this book, the author has collated facts painstakingly and juxtaposed them into the regional environment. She establishes the context of this conflict in the light of the US-Afghan issues at the time, the international concerns in view of the potential of a Nuclear Conflict, the contradictions of the Lahore Declaration and the history of the Line of Control. An extremely well analysed study that will remain a reference point for any further study.

    (Lt General (retd) Tariq Khan, Pakistan Army Armoured Corps)
    ISBN: 9789693531374
    Publisher: SANG-E-MEEL PUBLICATIONS
    Subtitle: EVENTS THAT SHOOK PAKISTAN
    Author: NASIM ZEHRA

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  • THE PAKISTANI HISTORIAN

    In the preface, Aziz recalls numerous instances of his humiliation in front of his colleagues and students. Whenever asked, he could never produce resources on Pakistan s history from Pakistani historians. The book is an analysis of why this was so, why the historian profession failed. To quote Aziz himself, If 5 or 6 historians write and publish in a country of 120 million people, there is something wrong with the historians and with the people.
    ISBN: 9789693522129
    Publisher: SANG-E-MEEL PUBLICATION
    Subtitle:
    Author: K. K. AZIZ

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