Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan became Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister after his 22-year-long quest for the highest executive office in the land. What is the historic significance of this event for Pakistan’s democracy? Has it finally ended the three-decade-long duopoly of the Pakistan Muslim League and the Pakistan People’s Party which are controlled by Sharifs and Bhuttos? Will the emergence of the PTI as the 3rd political force likely reduce corruption and improve governance in Pakistan?
Is Imran Khan’s nomination of Sardar Usman Buzdar as Punjab Chief Minister a mistake? Will Prime Minister Imran Khan make mistakes as he begins his tenure? Will his opponents jump at every opportunity to attack him when he makes mistakes? Should he be allowed to make mistakes as he learns on the job? Is he entitled to a honeymoon period?
Do the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies call all the shots in Pakistan? Is the military’s role in Pakistani electoral process highly exaggerated? Are there other forces including political parties and the voters which are as influential or even more influential in determining the outcome of elections? Does Imran Khan owe his victory to the alleged military support?
How is ISI different from other national intelligence agencies like CIA? Are Pakistani intelligence agencies unique in their influence on politicians and the political processes? Why does US President Trump think “Deep State” helped his opponents? Why did US Senator Charles Schumer warn Trump by telling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow: “they (intelligence agencies) have six ways from Sunday to get back at you”?
Viewpoint From Overseas host Misbah Azam discusses these questions with panelists Sabahat Ashraf and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)
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