According to media reports, India and Pakistan may have discussed the issue in a recent meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Sawraj and the newly-appointed Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood,
The Pakistan army’s public rejection of Nawaz Sharif’s decision to sack top aide Tariq Fatemi reveals the extent it goes to protect its control over the country’s national security and foreign policies.
With each new domestic crisis, the civilian government’s political space keeps shrinking.
Earlier, H.R. McMaster had said that the US has hoped that Pakistan realises it is in its interests to not go after terrorists groups selectively.
Muhammad Khurassani, a spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, a banned Islamist movement often called the Pakistani Taliban, issued a statement claiming responsibility.
The courts, set up through a constitutional amendment to speed-up cases against militants, were allowed to function through another amendment that included a clause that they would end after two years.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa and General Bipin Rawat have very different roles and challenges ahead. One controls the polity, while the other is controlled by it; one has complete freedom to function, while the other is hemmed in by politicians and bureaucracy.
The appointments are being seen as an effort by Qamar Javed Bajwa to put in place a ‘new team’ after taking charge as the 16th chief of army staff.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa had once pointed out that the bigger threat was from militants, not India, but that view may not necessary hold.
General Bajwa will likely take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday.
Raheel Sharif’s retirement is certainly unusual and creditable in the context of strengthening institutional conventions in Pakistan, he being only the seventh army chief out of 15 to have quit on time.
General Raheel Sharif is nearing the end of his tenure, placing a key choice before the prime minister in appointing a successor.