Will Imran Khan authorities survive Opposition protests in Pakistan?

Dramatic developments and big protests have engulfed Pakistan. First PML-N chief and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif launched an unprecedented frontal assault on Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa. Now, the united Opposition is gunning for Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Pakistani Army is being attacked by Opposition leaders, particularly by Nawaz Sharif, in a fashion the Army has by no means been attacked by politicians earlier than. What’s including to the institution’s migraine is that hundreds are clapping within the streets.

In such a state of affairs, the large questions are: What will occur subsequent in Pakistan? Are days of Pakistan’s ‘hybrid mannequin’ now numbered? Will the Pakistani Army dump Imran Khan? Can Nawaz Sharif come again to energy?

To discover solutions to those essential questions, India Today TV News Director Rahul Kanwal, on his present News Track, spoke to PML-N chief Sadia Khan, Pakistani journalist Omer Altaf, strategic affairs knowledgeable Sushant Sareen and former diplomat Rajiv Dogra.

Asked to elucidate Nawaz Sharif’s thunderous assault on Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, PML-N chief Sadia Khan mentioned, “It’s not an attack on the Army Chief. Nawaz Sharif is unwell. He is under treatment in the UK. He and his family have faced a lot. He gives his opinion. They’re forcing him to come back to Pakistan. Of course, he will retaliate.”

“PDM is a good movement. Imran Khan’s cabinet is not performing well. There are problems in the country,” Sadia Khan mentioned.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

Two back-to-back joint Opposition rallies in Pakistan have attracted huge crowds and rattled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s authorities that has two and a half years left in workplace, in addition to the nation’s navy.

Several Opposition events, together with PML-N of Nawaz Sharif and PPP of Asif Ali Zardari, have come collectively in opposition to the Imran Khan authorities and the Pakistani Army. They have named the alliance the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

Supporters of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of political opposition events, wave flags as they take heed to their leaders throughout an anti-government protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan on October 18, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

‘NAWAZ A MILITARY CREATION’

Pakistani journalist Omer Altaf, nevertheless, mentioned there isn’t any groundswell in Pakistan. “There have been only two rallies that attracted moderate crowds. Only last year, Nawaz Sharif voted for an extension of General Bajwa’s tenure. Consequently, he was allowed to travel to England to seek medical treatment. He’s now wanted by the courts of Pakistan. And he has refused to come back,” Omer Altaf mentioned.

“So, Nawaz Sharif is a creation of Pakistan’s military. He has unsuccessfully tried to emerge out of that shadow. He’s known for cutting deals with the military,” Omer Altaf mentioned.

Both Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari are dealing with corruption circumstances. Both have handed over management to their youngsters, Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto, respectively.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif addresses supporters in Lahore. (Photo: AP)

Bilawal Bhutto, son of former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari speaks at a press convention. (Photo: AP)

“If Nawaz Sharif manages to get relief in the cases, his rhetoric against the Pakistani military will deescalate. There is no reason for Imran Khan not to complete his tenure,” Omer Altaf mentioned.

IS A DEAL POSSIBLE?

Strategic affairs knowledgeable Sushant Sareen mentioned, “That’s the system in Pakistan. This chipping away of the people will continue. The question is, if the Army cuts a deal with Nawaz Sharif, what legs will Imran Khan be left with to stand on? It will be interesting see to what the army does next.” Sushant Sareen additionally mentioned that Imran Khan ought to proceed to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN PAKISTAN?

Former Diplomat Rajiv Dogra mentioned, “Well, let me give you a realistic picture. I think we’re making too much of the two demonstrations and Nawaz Sharif’s speech. It’s not for the first time that an Opposition leader has taken on the army generals.”

“Nawaz Sharif is a bold man. He waited patiently for two years. Imran Khan’s government is non-functional. It has not given succour to the people of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif thinks this is the right time to strike. We should be prepared to see a long haul in Pakistan. PPP and PML-N have come together in the past as well. It’s a hopeless situation,” Rajiv Dogra mentioned.

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