South Asia and Beyond

‘The Pakistan Army Is Back In Power, At Least For Now’

NEW DELHI: For perhaps the nth time in Pakistan’s history, the army is back in the saddle with an interim government acting as the front for its interests.

In this conversation on The Gist, Ambassador Sharat Sabharwal says the current situation confirms the point that army chief Gen. Asim Munir has consolidated his position. The army as an institution is also moving against all those who took part not only in demonstrations and attacks on army stations, but those who could prove troublesome going forward: so activists like Imaan Mazari have been jailed along with politicians.

Ambassador Sabharwal says the army is also moving to build up new political coalitions. This would not only give it an alternative to the established parties like the PML-N and PPP, but give it more leverage.

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to recalls the time in 2012 when the army picked up Imran Khan and slowly built him up as a political counter to established players like Nawaz Sharif of the PML-N and Zardari of the PPP.

Tune in for more in this conversation on The Gist.