Abbas Nasir

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Protesters in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 5 demonstrating against an assassination attempt on Imran Khan. Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Imran Khan is a cornered tiger.

After surviving an assassination attempt on Nov. 3 while leading a protest march, Mr. Khan accused Shehbaz Sharif, who succeeded him as prime minister of Pakistan, Rana Sanaullah, the interior minister, and a third man of conspiring to assassinate him. In a significant breach in civil-military relations, Mr. Khan claimed that the third man was a major general in the Inter-Services Intelligence, the dreaded spy agency of Pakistan’s military, which supported his own rise to power.

The saga of Mr. Khan’s embrace of the military and his fallout and confrontation with the generals is a reminder of the limits of power exercised by civilian politicians in Pakistan, where the military has ruled directly for 33 years and always been the power behind the throne.…  Seguir leyendo »

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is fighting a battle for his political survival after falling out with the military. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Two weeks before its general elections on July 25, Pakistan is bracing for another political storm. On Friday, an anticorruption court sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in a case arising after the Panama Papers leaks revealed that Mr. Sharif’s family owned four undeclared apartments in London. The court also sentenced Maryam Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and political heir, to seven years in prison.

The conviction and impending arrest of Mr. Sharif and his daughter is expected to turn the electoral season fraught and potentially impact the results, if Mr. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, also known as P.M.L.N.,…  Seguir leyendo »

Pakistan’s military is impeding the circulation of Dawn, the country’s leading newspaper, because generals have been displeased by the paper’s reporting.Credit Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On Friday Pakistan moved toward its second democratic transition of power in its 71-year-old history as Nasirul Mulk, a retired judge, was sworn in as caretaker prime minister for two months to preside over national elections on July 25. He was jointly nominated by the governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the opposition.

In a country where generals have directly ruled for 31 years, this would qualify as a cause for celebration. Instead, Pakistanis see the return of “tutelary democracy”, as the military disempowers politicians who stray from its positions on foreign policy and national security, supports a new king’s party and punishes the press for providing fair coverage to its perceived opponents.…  Seguir leyendo »

The portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is displayed at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah as a Pakistani Ranger unfurls the flag during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence on Monday. Credit Narinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On Sept. 11, 1948, barely a year after the birth of Pakistan, a flight from the mountainous town of Quetta bordering Iran and Afghanistan landed at an Air Force base on the outskirts of Karachi, then the Pakistani capital. The plane carried Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, who was suffering from advanced tuberculosis.

An ambulance set out with Jinnah to his residence in downtown Karachi, 30 minutes away. Halfway to its destination, the ambulance broke down. There was no backup. Jinnah had to wait for two hours on a stretcher for a replacement ambulance in the oppressive, humid autumn heat of the city by the Arabian Sea.…  Seguir leyendo »