”The book is indispensable to serious students of Kashmir affairs.” — Frontline: India’s National Magazine
For nearly six years, India and Pakistan have battled over the territory of Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed states have fought three bloody wars in the region, but the countries have also fought in the shadows.
Having interviewed a thousand militants in war-torn Kashmir, Arif Jamal presents a news-breaking account of Pakistan’s secret battles with India. From the early 1980s, when the Kashmiri conflict lurked in the background of the CIA’s proxy war in Afghanistan, to the eruption of insurgent violence in 1988, to recent Kashmiri connections to terrorist financing and training, Jamal brings much to light.
Shadow Wars reveals that the Pakistani military has trained nearly half a million insurgents and, as a matter of defense policy, continued the conflict in Kashmir at great human cost. Jamal also documents how CIA money destined for the Afghan mujahideen was funneled to Kashmiri jihadis, leading to a twenty-year insurgency rarely discussed in Western media.
“Arif Jamal has brilliantly untangled the complex history of militancy in Kashmir.Shadow War is a penetrating study of how myopic ideological inspirations of India and Pakistan pushed the scenic Kashmir into chaos and violence. It is a valuable resource as we continue to debate the future of nuclear South Asia.” —Hassan Abbas, Harvard University and author of Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism
“Shadow War does a remarkable job of reconstructing the ways the Pakistani government has supported a jihadi network in Kashmir over the past twenty years. Here, we go inside ISI meeting rooms and see the actual workings of a terror network that has, until now, been a mystery in the West. The book is a must for understanding the jihadi world today–and for understanding the long, brutal war in Kashmir.” —Bernard Henri-Levy, author of Who Killed Daniel Pearl?
”…Essential reading.” —Asia Times
”A myth-busting and brutal exposé of Pakistan’s secret war against India.” —News International (Pakistan)