Democracy vs Pakistan

The Imran Khan episode highlights the counterintuitive and unfortunate idea of perils of democracy in a country as large as Pakistan

Shekhar Gupta
Illustration: Binay Sinha

Illustration: Binay Sinha

Are you with Imran Khan or against him? We can ask this question in two different ways. One, if a fair election is held today, will Imran win or not? And second, if he wins, will it be good for Pakistan or a disaster?
The answer to the first question is, of course, Imran will win. He has the street with him as no Pakistani leader has had, not even Nawaz Sharif at his peak when he could win big majorities by himself. His loyalists were also noisy and boisterous, but they would never take on the might of the army. Or, he would not have been removed from power summarily and unfairly thrice.
Imran’s popularity has risen to a level not seen in Pakistan before. It is because his rivals, enemies and critics, including the army brass, are so convinced that he will easily win an election that they aren’t about to hold one now. Or even, given a choice, on the due date in October unless they can disqualify him constitutionally and prevent him from
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: May 13 2023 | 9:30 AM IST

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