Thursday, 18 September 2014
Thanks To Imran Khan And A Sunni Cleric, Pakistan’s Democracy Is Under Threat, Deedar Hussain Samejo
Thanks To Imran Khan And A Sunni Cleric, Pakistan’s Democracy Is Under Threat,
Pakistan has been once again gripped by the domestic political crisis. Country’s fragile democracy is facing serious threats as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Movement for Justice party, and Sunni cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, head of Pakistan People’s Movement party, along with their supporters, armed with clubs and batons, continue to paralyze the capital city, Islamabad, for more than three weeks.
Sharif was elected prime minister in June last year, marking the first-ever smooth transition of power from one elected civilian government to another in coup-prone Pakistan. It seemed that country’s powerful military which has always enjoyed complete control over the national security and foreign policies is retreating and civilian leadership is gaining power. Soon after assuming the office, Sharif started work on his popular agenda- economic development, normalizing relations with India and and dialogue with the Taliban to resolve the decade-old militancy phenomenon.