May

The real threat to Pakistan: Imran Khan, not the Taliban

Pakistan is currently experiencing a case of déjà vu. In a matter of months, there has been a dramatic change in the political scenario in terms of the relationship between the major institutions and actors within the country.

Consider the following developments and compare them with what happened a year earlier. The general elections were declared successful, with the PML-N forming a government in Punjab and at the federal level. The main opposition parties — the PPP, the PTI, led by Imran Khan, and Altaf Hussain’s MQM — to a large extent agreed with the results. The PTI, however, had high expectations for itself, as it had not performed badly at the polls. Though it could not make a substantial impact at federal level, it had enough seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to form a government, obviously with support from the PML-N.

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‘Terror and talks cannot go together’

At the start of the Narendra Modi era, diplomacy rather than domestic affairs held sway, although late in the evening something important was done on the domestic front too. Modi’s compact council of ministers — totalling 45 as against 74 that constituted the ousted government — was sworn in late in the evening on Monday 26 May. The following day, his first working day, most of his time and energy were devoted to ‘summit’ diplomacy. This was the result of his own sudden initiative to invite the heads of state or government of all the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) plus Mauritius to his government’s inauguration.

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