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May 6, 2022
The political match in Pakistan

EDITOR: It would be interesting to see how things play out in Pakistan. Recently, the Prime Minister of that country Imran Khan was removed from office by way of a no-confidence vote in Parliament, and replaced by a successor. In response, the country spontaneously erupted in massive nationwide protests in favour of the ousted Prime Minister. I have come to the conclusion that PM Khan had popular support and the interest of the people at heart.

However, he may have pursued policies which put him in conflict with Pakistan’s powerful military which is said to control the government. It is actually suggested that many members of the Pakistani Parliament are on the military payroll and do its bidding, and that a Prime Minister only really serves at the military’s pleasure. Interestingly, no Prime Minister of Pakistan has ever served a full five year term of office.

I hear that Mr. Khan is plotting a comeback. He is indeed well poised to mount a fresh assault on the status quo on the basis of his obvious widespread appeal as a cricketer turned Prime Minister. I attended the same College at the University of Oxford as Mr. Khan and we have a common love for the game of cricket. I am a front row seat spectator in the unfolding political match in Islamabad.

R. T. Luke V. Browne