Pakistan’s political leadership: from the gallows to jail

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 country’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

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