ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Towards a New Dispensation?

 It will take adroit manoeuvring by the main political players for democracy to revive in Pakistan. 

It was a homecoming that first evoked similarities with 1986, are symptomatic of Pakistan’s current situation, with the players when Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to challenge Zia-ul-remaining much the same as before. Ever since the return to Haq’s nine-year military dictatorship. But it was soon over-democracy became an imperative, owing to interventions by shadowed by the horrific tragedy set off by the twin blasts in Pakistan’s supreme court, nudging reminders from the US, Karachi that claimed over 130 lives. The frenzy and the tragedy and Pervez Musharraf’s own difficult position following his crackdown on extremists, Bhutto’s return had been expected, indeed was even negotiated by Pakistan’s current administration and Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). And while reasonable supposition exists that some kind of “power sharing” deal may have been reached, both sides continue to regard each other with wariness and suspicion.


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