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With the threat of Imran Khan gone the worst thing to happen to Pakistan would be a PML-N that gets too comfortable to undertake the necessary reforms that the country desperately needs. It shouldn’t  just be about doing better than the PPP for PML-N, it should rather be about doing better than other countries in the region. Unless that mindset doesn’t take hold, political instability will continue to define Pakistan.

 

In order to save his throne, Nawaz Sharif and his administration have raised the rhetoric against India considerably. India’s alleged human rights violations in the valley are now being raised at every possible forum—domestic and international. Not to be left behind, Khan has talked of showing “Nawaz Sharif how to respond to [Narendra] Modi” in the aftermath of the surgical strikes.

 

For his singular obsession to become Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khan will need to change his agitational posture and politics and transform it into one which could help win elections through party reorganisation, rather than by empty threats which remain just that. If only his hubris allowed him, perhaps he could even learn from a young man less than half his age, who is in the process of rebuilding his mother's party.

 

Pakistan’s army chief is the most powerful person in the land, whether the government is civilian or military. Ashis Ray, who encountered the current incumbent in London, assesses whether he will retire without a last flourish

 

The significant beneficiaries — unintended perhaps — of dharna 2016 should include the militant extremists who are threatening to capture the state of Pakistan. There is no knowing how many militants, who have been openly pampered by the KP administration, were able to infiltrate the PTI caravan that was marching on Islamabad. They had a good, all-paid experience of joining a rehearsal for a possible assault on the capital. Dangerous indeed.

 

Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being one of the 10 most lawless countries according to the World Justice Project’s 2016 Rule of Law Index. Our companions are Venezuela, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda and Bolivia. Is this the hall of shame we are comfortable occupying?

 

On November 2, Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Taliban (PTI) will stage the final sit-in of indefinite duration in Islamabad till Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gives up and resigns.

 
It's not the confidence — he’s always had that. It’s the snarl and the menace. Imran is moving in for the kill. And this time the prey is in sight and within reach.  
 
They smirk and shrug it off as a surgical strike albeit a la South Asian style. Others plagued by slight brooding disposition pause and menacingly call it a drone strike.   
 

Nawaz Sharif has the distinction of appointing four army chiefs in his three tenures as prime minister of Pakistan. The distinction is, however, dubious, since his relations with each of them have been far from happy.

 


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