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By Altaf Ahmed Khan (Dubai)
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has once more extended an olive branch to India’s premier Narendra Modi and asked for talks to resolve outstanding issues.
Not known yet is whether or not the offer will be taken up, but via a video, he has made it known he questions the Pakistan army’s role in affairs of the state.
In an interview with India’s IJA Press Conference, he said that the army had made a blunder in the case of Bangla Desh as it was not equipped to handle state affairs and, referred to the army like a “bull in a china shop”.
He said that the Pakistan army was trained to fight opposing armies, not insurgencies and this should be left to civilian authorities like the police.
That Imran Khan made his appearance an Indian channel to express his reservations on military interventions will not have gone down well with the Pakistan army.
The armed forces have tasted blood with perks and privileges flowing freely over the 72 years they’ve ruled this country and they will not easily release the reins of power.
Populist Prime Minister, Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto who swept the West Pakistan elections in 1971 was hanged in 1979 for challenging the army’s absolute rule, but then Bhutto was an absolute megalomaniac.
A businessman, Nawaz Sharif, surfaced next and he initially played his cards well by sharing the spoils he accumulated with generals, but was seen an easy scapegoat when he became too big for his boots.
Sharif favored peace with India, as does Imran Khan today, and this did not hold him in good stead in army circles. But it took Sharif two terms in office to remove him on corruption and money laundering charges.
So, Imran Khan has his work cut out for him to work for peace in the Subcontinent if the army does want it – which is probably why Modi has not taken him as seriously as he might have.