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     Sep 5, '14

Pakistan's Sharif can pull it off
By M K Bhadrakumar

As I wrote in an earlier blog (Pak army takes 'apolitical' stance), the fact is that the decision by the all-powerful collegium of corps commanders meeting in the GHQ in Rawalpindi last Sunday against a military takeover in Pakistan has worked to the advantage of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to retrieve lost political ground.

The signs are that Sharif's opponent, Imran Khan, got the message that no one wants an "Arab Spring" in Pakistan and, furthermore, that a few thousand people in a country with a population of 180 million people cannot stage a color revolution without the sponsorship of a powerful mentor - the CIA or the

Pakistan army - and that was improbable.

Khan's flock of lawmakers duly returned to the parliament. Sharif has virtually isolated Khan on the political arena, by getting the democratic forces in the country to rally. The PPP leader Asif Zardari gave a big hand to Sharif in all this and it is a fine tribute to Benazir Bhutto who must be smiling from heaven.

Former cricket star Khan looks tired after bowling 20 overs at a stretch - a Herculean feat, no doubt - on an unresponsive pitch. Fatigue is showing.


M K Bhadrakumar served as a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service for over 29 years, with postings including India's ambassador to Uzbekistan (1995-1998) and to Turkey (1998-2001).

(Copyright 2014 M K Bhadrakumar)




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