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Frontline Pakistan: the struggle with militant Islam

LSE's Asia Research Centre will host a public event with author and journalist Zahid Hussain on Tuesday 27 February entitled Frontline Pakistan: the struggle with militant Islam.

In this lecture, Zahid Hussain will explore the rise and continuation of Islamic extremism in Pakistan and the links between al-Qaeda, major jihad groups in Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence. His book, Frontline Pakistan: the struggle with militant Islam, will provide the basis for this panel discussion. This event will also include input from other panel speakers, including Sir Hilary Synnott, former UK high commissioner to Pakistan.

Frontline Pakistan is one of the first books to examine the volatile post 9/11 situation from the region, revealing the story of Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's decision to support the US-led 'War on Terror'. The author unveils the links between impoverished local radicals, sophisticated international terrorists and government intelligence agents. He illustrates how Pakistan's radical groups are increasingly linking up with Al Qaeda, that dark forces are uniting and they must be eliminated before further mass destruction is created.

Mr Hussain's speech will be followed by a panel discussion which will include Sir Hilary Synnott, former UK high commissioner to Pakistan. Sir Hilary Synnott is now at International Institute for Strategic Studies. More panelists will be announced on the Asia Research Centre's website| soon. 

Zahid Hussain is the Pakistan correspondent for The Times, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Sir Hilary Synnott was the former British High Commissioner in Pakistan from 2000 until 2003 and Deputy High Commissioner in India from 1993 to 1996. He is now is now at the International Institute for Strategic Studies .

Frontline Pakistan: the struggle with militant Islam is on Tuesday 27 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

21 February 2007

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