Pakistan: A Nation at War with Itself
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis traces Pakistans strategy of Low Intensity Conflict LIC against India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir JK, and analyzes the gains and losses to Pakistan arising from its implementation. LIC was primarily intended to wrest control of the state of JK from India, to weaken India and its army, and to mobilize international support for Pakistans position on Kashmir. While this strategy had some initial success, it slowly began to damage key political, economic and social structures within Pakistan. The thesis looks at both the gains and the pitfalls of LIC, and its impact on Pakistans well being, as measured by its prosperity, stability and international stature from the periods 1971 to 1989 and 1990 to 2009. The analysis shows that on balance, LIC is doing Pakistan more harm than any good. The thesis concludes by suggesting policy options open to Pakistan, the United States and India.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics