While the army will likely continue to use the judiciary as a pawn and wield power from behind the scenes, it remains to be seen if any other leader can stand up to it.
The Pakistani army has also released a second video in which he reiterated his ‘confession’ of being involved in fomenting terror and sectarian actvities.
General Sharif, who retired in November is the first Pakistani army chief in over 20 years not to seek an extension to his term.
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.
India’s political objectives of dissuading Pakistan from cross-border infiltration and terrorism are unlikely to be consummated by modest punitive strikes.
For Moscow, Pakistan’s rising salience is driven by its fears about the spread of ISIS, and its perception that India has drawn too close to the United States.
General Raheel Sharif is nearing the end of his tenure, placing a key choice before the prime minister in appointing a successor.
Calling Kashmir Pakistan’s “jugular vein”, he also went on to “salute the great sacrifices of the people of Kashmir for their right to self-determination”.
Both countries also announced they will resume their stalled trilateral meeting with Afghanistan – just as Kabul is expressing growing frustration over Pakistan failing to act against the Taliban.
Afghan students recall attack on American University in Kabul
By moving Balochistan centre-stage as a pawn in the larger strategic game between India and Pakistan, Modi is not showing concern for human rights violations but engaging in pure realpolitik. With unknown consequences.
The helicopter went down in Logar province, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border – an increasingly lawless area since a two-year Pakistani military operation pushed many Taliban and allied fighters further into Afghanistan.
For those who would like to replace the killings in Kashmir, the violent and disruptive demonstrations, and the equally violent reactions by the state, with a negotiation process; understand: this is the negotiation process.
The electricity generating projects are likely to saddle the Pakistani government with a massive fiscal burden but the real cost of CPEC is likely to be felt in the changing civil-military balance.
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Because George W. Bush could not claim even an imagined victory in the war on terror without Pakistan’s grudging complaisance, it became clear, after Mumbai, that it had a unique immunity in the 1267 committee.
The Pakistan state policy of using jihadist terror to wage proxy wars is backfiring, as the Lahore bombing on Easter Sunday has tragically demonstrated.
Nawaz Sharif’s constituents may think less of him for allowing Pervez Musharraf to leave, but he now appears to have strong ties with the army, and is therefore seen as someone who can deliver.
Is the military establishment under General Raheel Sharif willing to amend the contours of its historic alliance with the mullahs in the formation of a national narrative?
Islamabad has to remove terrorism from the India-Pakistan relationship, and India’s restraint is helping it. But that restraint can continue only as long as Pakistan takes firm measures against those guilty of anti-Indian terrorism.
The idea of improving relations with India does occur to the Pakistani army but it is not sure about the terms of engagement.
This in turn depends on whether Islamabad will change course or continue to back those who attack the Afghan parliament and Indian military and civilian installations.
Right now, each side seems to behave as if it has no interest in peace and that it is the other side which is desperate for talks
Sadly, the Modi government allowed itself to lose sight of why it had wanted to hold talks about terror in the first place.
New Delhi: In the run up to the August 23-24 meeting here of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, Islamabad has forwarded an agenda for the talks that includes its allegations of Indian “interference” and support for terrorist activities in Pakistan. According to Dawn, this […]