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Pakistan army chief comes on top in tussle with civilian government
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

The just concluded visit to the US by Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif has been watched with interest and concern by Indian policymakers, and viewed in Pakistan as carrying more weight than the trip by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif three weeks earlier. The message is clear. Raheel Sharif has comprehensively pushed out Nawaz Sharif, who took power in 2013, from the position of Pakistan s actual ruler.

India has reasons to be uncomfortable as Raheel is known to be a hawk. He had lost an elder brother in the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and he often mentions it while discussing Indo-Pakistan security scenario. It goes without saying that Nawaz Sharif is suffocating and is trying to break away from the army yoke.

This is how he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa in Russia issued a joint statement which did not mention the Kashmir issue but expressed its resolve to fight terrorism and bring to book those involved in the Mumbai terror attack. It is now a bit of a war of nerves between the army and the civil administration in which the former is predominating. Raheel Sharif went to the US uninvited but almost all the top officials of the US administration met him.

On the other hand, the army too had to swallow a bitter pill when a blanket ban was imposed on the media coverage of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, an arm of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist organization which is being allegedly patronized by the army. Observers however point out that the army acquiesced in the ban as its eyes are now fixed on a probable


Pakistan army chief comes on top in tussle with civilian government (Comment: Special to IANS)


भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

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