Washington: Who is in power in the Islamic state of Pakistan? A recent US congressional report says that the Pakistani Military has the dominant influence over foreign and security policies and not the current Prime Minister, Imran Khan. The study suggests that Khan is a puppet in the hands of the all powerful military.
The military and the judiciary of the country is in cahoots to decide who must be in power and who must be overthrown. The military had been active in overthrowing democratically elected governments three times in its history.
It was also instrumental in deposing the Nawaz Sharif led Pakistan Muslim League in collaboration with the country’s judiciary. They also favoured Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf which might have led to Imran Khan gaining the top job of the country.
In a report titled ‘Pakistan Domestic Political Setting’, the Congressional Research Service said, “Many analysts contend that Pakistan’s security services covertly manipulated the country’s domestic politics before and during the election with a central motive of (again) removing Nawaz Sharif from power and otherwise weakening his incumbent party.”
It added that, “Most analysts see Pakistan’s military establishment continuing to retain dominant influence over foreign and security policies.”
The report also warned that small parties linked to terrorists outfits in Pakistan has emboldened the terrorists in the country. The parties together won around 10% of the national vote in 2018.
The Congressional Research Study conducts research for US Congress on various subjects and the reports are used by US lawmakers to make an informed decision.
Imran Khan, who is a puppet in the hands of the Military, has completely distorted the democratic principles of the modern civilized world. The democracy in Pakistan is reduced to a sham and this system is dangerous for the very existence of the nation and also for peace in the region.
Foreign policies and military decisions are now taken by a general in office and not by an elected government as in normal democracies.