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Pak's cycles of confrontation and overreaction benefit nobody but populists

Imran Khan's conspiracy-minded followers fully believe that a junior US diplomat masterminded their leader's sacking as prime minister

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan (Photo: Reuters)

Mihir Sharma | Bloomberg
In Pakistani politics, nothing gets done by halves. A few months ago, one of ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan’s former cabinet ministers, Shahbaz Gill, warned lower-ranking military officers against following “illegal orders” from their superiors. The remarks were taken as an attempt to divide the country’s all-powerful army and Gill was promptly arrested.
This, as well as Gill’s subsequent claims about his treatment in prison, infuriated Khan, who last week warned various policemen and judges they would face consequences for their involvement in the case. An Islamabad magistrate complained that Khan’s statements counted as threats and the police registered a case

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First Published: Aug 25 2022 | 9:17 AM IST

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