South Asia and Beyond

‘Democracy Has Weakened In Pakistan, Imran Khan Defers To The Army’

NEW DELHI: In this, the first in our series on Pakistan featuring Pakistani voices, we look at democracy, the political parties and how both remain in thrall to the army. Over 70 years since its founding, Pakistan remains a country where the men in uniform dominate every aspect of life, appropriating the lion’s share of the budget and engaging in strategic games with neighbours to no discernible effect.

In an exclusive conversation with StratNewsGlobal, Pervez Hoodbhoy, an academic, formerly of the prestigious Lahore University of Management, warns that the current Prime Minister Imran Khan could be the most deferential to the army, fulfilling its every whim. Democracy has weakened in the process, and the voice of the common man is the first to be drowned out.

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Tune in to this conversation with Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy, for a sense of how Pakistanis feel about the state of their country and what needs to be done to correct it.