Quarterly Monitor on Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan

January - March 2012

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Publication No: CMR-059

Rs 3,000  

According to the perception held by a number of citizens in Pakistan, political history in the country is marked by the expanded role of the military in non professional fields involving coups, direct and indirect military rule, increased involvement in the economic and business activities and influence-paddling from the sidelines. On the other hand, the dominant military view blames politicians for not delivering good governance and not even following principles of the very democracy they espouse. Military is “invited” by the opposition politicians to take over, or it has to step in due to serious infighting among politicians that creates a vacuum to be filled by the military, according to them. The two contending perceptions lie at the heart of strained civil-military relations in Pakistan.

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