The book is a series combination of several articles so far written by the author in different newspapers, websites and journals relating to the subject which document and analyze the growth of extremist and terrorist groups in Pakistan under the control of General Pervez Musharraf. The author’s areas of research and interest include India’s neighborhood policy Pakistan and Terrorism that make the book more consistent piece of comprehensive knowledge and worth reading, Wilson throughout the book focuses on Musharraf reign’s worst legacy the gang of religious extremists and terrorists who have been allowed to cause riots across Pakistan, threatening not only life and property inside the country but also in Afghanistan, India and other parts of the world.
He views this whole episode as the traditional Pakistan military strategy using religion and fervor to military operation, A guerilla warfare thus became a Jihad; a holy war, He realized that religious was a tool in the hands of the army. The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80’s and the following secret intervention of the United States by way of raising a rebellious religious army within Afghanistan, it was not difficult for Musharraf to manage an assignment in the operation. He was one of the favorites of President Zia ul-haq, Musharraf came into the charmed circle after he had put a popular rebellion in the Afghanistan. Musharraf’s role was to help establish training camps set up logistics and penetration routes and organize guerilla attacks on the Soviet forces. He courted religious leaders helped them set up madarsas, routed man and material support and became part of a new, evolving strategy being crafted by the Pakistan army to turn its single point agenda of crippling India to avenge to name just two reasons, Kashmir and East Pakistan.
Author further elaborates the tidy strategy of Musharraf’s first acts of courting the mullahs and he offered the Kashmir to the mullahs and told them he would extend all help for their Kashmir Jihad. The mullahs who were fast losing ground to democracy and liberal religious beliefs found an able and willing ally in the General. Madrasas and mosques flourished, Mullashs became regular visitors to the president’s house, Madrasas and mosques became recruitment and training centers motivating youngsters to join the jihad, luring them with an attractive salary and a place in the heaven.
Wilson highlights the whole scenario of Training camps that were set up with the help of the Pakistan Army and ISI and funds earned from drug trafficking were diverted to these centers of terrorism, blackmailing at the International level in supporting Pakistan economically and strategically, The two main terrorist out fits Jaaish –e-Muhemmad and Lahkar-e-Tayaba was given full support by Musharaf their recruits received best commando training. Both were established to create chaos in the Kashmir valley and compel India to come to the discussion table with Pakistan. Two other outfits promoted and supported by the Musharraf regime were Leshkar-e-Jhaangvee and Sepaah-i-Sehaaba of Pakistan both promised to rid kafirs (infidels) from the Pakistan society they were rabidly anti-Shia.
Their agenda was to make Pakistan an Islamic state.Wilson tells musharrafs tactics and cleverness even from a rank of a Brigadier when assigned a task from General Zia-ul-Haq to train mujahideens recruited by various religious organizations to fight soviet troops in Afghanistan it was during those days that Musharraf first met a Saudi civil engineer who was keen to help the cause of jihad with money and muscle, The CIA brought him to construct the bunkers for mujahideens the contractor with whom Musharraf had close working relationship was Osama Bin Laden.In the ending he elaborates how Musharraf had been grabbed in the plan that he had made for others and he realizes his shaky position very well when he talks of help to the US forces he is trying to find an escape route for himself. He wants US to lift the economic sanctions on his country, give him unconditional support to claim Kashmir from India and the last option of a safe haven in case he finds himself overthrown and imprisoned by a strong internal sentiment against his policies.