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.
In a candid interview, veteran Pakistani diplomat Jamshed Marker looks back at his country’s diplomatic, political history.
Indira Gandhi’s biggest worry after the surrender of Pakistan in 1971 was the safety of Mujibur Rahman. The release of Pakistani POWs was the price Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (and the ISI) extracted for the safe return of the Bangladeshi leader.
Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
In 1983, while India was tackling crises in Punjab, Assam and Sri Lanka, growing instability in Pakistan’s Sindh province and Movement for Restoration of Democracy gave her an opportunity to put General Zia on edge.
Like many love affairs, the one between China and Pakistan is made of unrealistic expectations – mostly among Pakistanis – and a hard-nosed pursuit of strategic goals and political and economic objective — mostly by the Chinese.
With access to papers and personal documents from both sides of the border, the authors have produced a history that will be a valuable resource to students of military affairs