Political stability is one thing Pakistan has been desperately looking for throughout its 72-year checkered history.
The only nuclear-armed Muslim nation came into being in 1947 following the end of the British colonial era in united India in the wake of a grueling political struggle led by lawyer Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
But soon after his death in 1948, the countryâ€™s fragile political leadership and powerful military were at loggerheads.
Not long after independence, the country saw the assassination of its first premier and a close associate of Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was shot dead at a political rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in 1951.
The assassination plunged the South Asian state, which has been ruled by the army for half of its history, into a bitter political tug-of-war