“The Indian fixation on cross-border terrorism paralleled Pakistan’s insistence on treating Kashmir as the core problem…India…missed the logical point that terrorism stemmed from…the Kashmir dispute…the cause had to precede the result”, writes Dilip Hiro, the author.
The book ‘The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry between India and Pakistan” is divided into 20 chapters, encompassing Hindu-Muslim/Indo-Pak rivalry since the British rule/Partition to date. The author’s perspective more often than not supports India’s stance on Indo-Pak bilateral issues such as terrorism and ‘Kashmir insurgency’. His repeated comparison of political systems of India and Pakistan in many ways reflects his preference for Indian political system.
Riaz Khokhar is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Strategic Studies. Mr. Khokhar holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. His research interests include Pakistan’s foreign policy affairs, strategic dimensions of world affairs and nexus of security and economic issues among South Asian states. He wrote his Masters thesis on Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Posture after Donald Trump’s Coming into Power, completed in May 2017.