By C. Christine Fair
The Pakistan military is poised for perpetual clash with India which it can't win militarily or politically. What explains Pakistan's continual revisionism regardless of expanding expenses and reducing chance of good fortune? This booklet argues that an realizing of the army's strategic tradition explains its willingness to struggle to the tip.
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Curiously, this important resource has been poorly exploited to date, with the exception of Cohen (1984). I analyze these texts as well as the contexts of their production, consumption, and circulation to draw out the characteristics of the strategic culture of the Pakistan Army. As I detail in Chapter 2, for purposes of this effort the strategic culture of the Pakistan Army is more or less interchangeable with that of the country because with few notable exceptions the army has set the country’s key foreign and domestic policies.
Not only do Pakistan’s internal resources seem inadequate for the endless quest of seizing Kashmir, resisting India’s rise, and orchestrating Afghan affairs, but Pakistan also has few allies and none that support its maximalist agenda with respect to India (Kux 2001; Pande 2011). Pakistan seems to be on an interminable downward spiral. However, India has launched itself on a path of steady economic growth despite its own numerous internal security challenges, not all of which can be blamed on its western neighbor (Sahni 2012).
Despite the fact that India decisively defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war, with half of Pakistan’s territory and population lost when East Pakistan became Bangladesh, Pakistan continues to view itself as India’s peer competitor and demands that it be treated as such by the United States and others. In fact, former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf boldly declared that India must accept Pakistan as an equal as a precondition for peace (Daily Times 2006). Pakistan’s conflict with India cannot be reduced simply to resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War by C. Christine Fair