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Is Imran Khan his own man?

Seven years ago he said he was. Now, Pakistan's next prime minister calls the country's army chief, the "most pro-democratic man" he had seen


Karan Thapar
Whether it’s London or Washington, New Delhi or Kabul there’s a common question governments are asking as they respond to the Pakistani election results: Will Imran Khan, who is poised to be the next prime minister, prove to be the pretty face that protects the army’s iron fist? This was the precise question I put to him in an interview for CNN-IBN in November 2011. At the time the country’s army chief was General Ashfaq Kayani.

“Q. If Imran Khan becomes prime minister will you accept a subordinate status or will you have the courage and strength to challenge General Kayani
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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 12:52 AM IST

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