South Asia and Beyond

Army In Control As Pakistan Guns For Investment Ammo

NEW DELHI: Pakistan yet again finds itself at the crossroads: the economy is in bad shape, the currency has been in free fall, inflation has gone through the roof and if that wasn’t bad enough, a caretaker government is supposedly in charge till the next general elections. However, one institution that has gained more control amidst the political instability and economic mess is the army. To attract investment from abroad and bring about an economic turnaround, a Special Investment Facilitation Council was created by the earlier Shehbaz Sharif government. It has the Army Chief as one of its members. That may sound weird but then that’s the organisation that calls the shots in Pakistan. On ‘The Gist’, Ramanathan Kumar, former Special Secretary of India’s external intelligence agency R&AW, speaks to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale about where Pakistan stands today and what possibly lies ahead.

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