The Militant Challenge in Pakistan

  title={The Militant Challenge in Pakistan},
  author={C. Christine Fair},
  journal={Asia Policy},
  pages={105 - 137}
  • C. C. Fair
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Political Science
  • Asia Policy
This article examines Pakistan’s use of asymmetric warfare as an instrument of foreign policy toward India since 1947 and in Afghanistan since the 1960s. Main ArgumentPakistan’s use of asymmetric warfare, or jihad, although dating back to 1947, did not aggressively expand beyond Kashmir until Islamabad acquired first a covert “existential” nuclear capability in the 1980s and later an overt nuclear capability in 1998. After laying out the complex contemporary landscape of Islamist militancy in… 

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