Cash-strapped and under pressure for poor Covid-handling, Imran Khan government and Pakistan military are using an age-old strategy to shift attention.
A lot of Pakistan’s defence budget may get redirected in the post-Covid era, but army isn’t going to let go. It now eyes revocation of a constitutional amendment.
Coronavirus pandemic, world distracted by Afghan peace deal and weak case in the murder of Daniel Pearl opened a window to acquit Omar Sheikh. But the US noticed.
In Pakistan, Tablighi Jamaat is viewed as benign. Militant groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed do not like them because Tablighis don’t encourage jihad.
Imran Khan, brought to power in 2018, was the beginning of a hybrid civil-military government in which the Army chief has greater influence.
An article in Jaish-e-Mohammed journal ‘Medina Medina’ gives a sense of how the organisation is trying to survive. But its two crucial takeaways are in Indian context.
Lahore court’s decision got many international observers excited. But there might be a different opinion if Imran Khan govt releases the entire judgment.
Pakistan, in the aftermath of General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension, signals a total reverse of American political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ thesis.
In case US attacks Iran’s religious sites, it could be a nightmare for Pakistan’s military to stop people from marching towards American embassy.
The verdict’s implementation in all likelihood won’t happen. But the fact that Pakistan’s judicial system came this far does not go in favour of Army Chief Bajwa.