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Can Civilians Win the War in Pakistan?

Can Civilians Win the War in Pakistan?

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Published by Zulfiqar Shah
Asia Times, Hong Kong
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8/18/13Asia Times Online :: Can civilians win the war in Pakistan? www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NH30Df01.html1/3
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  A war is on between the executive and judiciaryin Pakistan. The exhibition of muscle within the inner core of thestate, which earlier toed Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani out of office, hasnow knocked at the office of new Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.It is usually termed a proxy conflict between the hawks and doves within the security establishment in Pakistan that, no doubt, has once again pushed country to the verge of a virtual coup d'etat.The followers of the conspiracy theory are seeing Khakis as faultiness at the epicenter of judicial activism. In fact, the standoff between the two pillars of the republic is a sign and omen of undergoing a transformation simultaneously with a severe statecrisis causing frictions outer layers of the governance.Pakistan has a history of conflicts between civilians and thesecurity establishment. The slain leader Benazir Bhutto and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif both complained various times inpast about such a struggle within the highly powerful securityestablishment of the country and especially their complaints of election rigging several times were verified by the internationalmonitoring missions. Although the conflict between civil and military actors in Pakistanis as old as the country itself is, the resent phase of the conflict isonly two decades old. On April 20, 1994 the then Interior Minister Nasrullah Babar raised an issue in the parliament of illegaldisbursement of $6.5 million in 1990 to the fundamentalist andhawkish elements by Yunus Habib, the then head of the state 1. Drones take South China Seaplunge2. North Korea on the Nile3. Beijing lines upnew leaders4. India strengthenseastern naval flank5. Nationalism runshigh in Asiandisputes6. Hindu flight fromPakistan 'aconspiracy'7.  Analysis: Syria -three wars for theprice of one8. The Iran-India- Afghanistan riddle9. Turkey peculiarlyabsent from Tehran10.  A playboy for thePamirs
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