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Instability in Pakistan

While the latest turn of events has pitted Pakistan’s civilian government against its judiciary, the real wrangle is between President Asif Ali Zardari, assisted by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and the Pakistan army led by general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani which, if not resolved immediately, may result in a possible takeover of power by the army, as is well substantiated by P akistan’s history.

The current cold war tensions between the Pakistani government and the army, and the Supreme Court’s (sc) contempt-of-court notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari have, together, aggravated the ongoing crisis of stability in Pakistan, thereby pushing the country to an uncertain future. While the prime minister is reminding the army to work within its mandate, apparently to divert its (the army’s) attention from the acts of omission and commission of the civilian government, the army is livid at President Zardari for secretly placing a memo to the US government seeking protection against an army coup as well as from Muslim fundamentalists. Being the head of an elected government, Prime Minister Gilani successfully piloted a resolution through parliament on 16 January reiterating the supremacy of parliament – aimed at supporting the democratic process and ensuring the continuity of the parliamentary system – thereby consolidating his beleaguered position.

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