International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Old Habits Die Hard

PAKISTAN-DEFENCE-MILITARYAs the people’s leader and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif passed the torch to his successor this week, Foreign Policy debates, not if, but when history will again repeat itself in Pakistan. In other words, when is the next military coup going to happen? It is tradition in this country that military chiefs overthrow incompetent civilian leaders in an effort to eliminate government corruption and gain the people’s support. In Pakistan, the army chief is often viewed as the most powerful person in the country, not the President. But in each of these past cases, as time passed, military leaders began to see discontent form in the eyes of their people. It is a legitimate question for every new military chief who comes to power: to coup, or not to coup?

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