Heart of the matter

THE countless hours being put in by politicians, the security establishment and other state institutions to ensure a compliant executive will in all likelihood amount to nothing if history is any indicator.

Pakistan is a constitutional parliamentary democracy, where, at any given point, over the past three decades and more, the civilian (and elected) chief executive’s efforts to have a free hand in shaping the country’s policies have been constrained by the security establishment and other state institutions.

Before some of you jump down my throat, allow me to share what I mean by a free hand to shape policies. It means just that; not for a minute should it be read as a licence to loot and plunder

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