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Former ISI Chief reveals that Pakistan military’s excessive involvement in political affairs is real and harmful

Former ISI Chief reveals that Pakistan military’s excessive involvement in political affairs is real and harmful

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In an exclusive interview with the BBC, when asked about allegations of Pakistan’s military interfering in political affairs, the former ISI chief said that people were angry at the military’s interference in political affairs. ۔

Military backed Imran Khan:

People are angry with this intervention,” he said. Imran Khan’s biggest problem (about him) is the impression that he did not come himself, he came with a heavy burden. Some people don’t learn from history because they say we will make our own history. 

According to Asad Durrani, there is military intervention. Whether it should be or not, is a debate up to analysts and people themselves.

The experience is that whenever the army intervened, it was seen that the political parties that tried to be kept out came back.

Citing an example, he said, “As Ayub Khan was supposed to keep Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto out, he came back and got elected. After Zia-ul-Haq, Bibi (Benazir Bhutto) came into power. As soon as Musharraf came out, the two parties which he thought should be kept out, both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muslim League-Nawaz, were elected after contesting the elections.

So this interference is harmful when you do (political) engineering.

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