PM-probable Sharif will be junior partner to Pakistan army’s top general. India, far more powerful, needn’t do anything. But it should listen if Rawalpindi reaches out
General elections were held in Pakistan on February 8. In a reversal of the situation from last time, Imran Khan is in prison with courts having ruled against him in several cases. Nawaz Sharif, back in the country from his managed exile, now has full backing of Pakistan army.
Selection disguised as election | There’s little doubt these elections are a stage-managed show of democracy with Rawalpindi GHQ calling the shots. Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir has played his cards well, consolidated his position and power and is now hoping that Pakistanis will follow his lead and usher in a Nawaz victory. Munir is now backing Nawaz to lead Pakistan’s economic recovery under IMF conditionalities. Imran is in the doghouse for well-known reasons.