25 July, 2021

‘A Civilian Regime Will Be There As Cosmetic Cover’

The former CIA officer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution discusses developments in Pakistan

‘A Civilian Regime Will Be There As Cosmetic Cover’
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Bruce Riedel led a review of US policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early days of President Barack Obama’s administration. A former CIA officer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Riedel spoke to Ashish Kumar Sen, and discussed developments in Pakistan. Excerpts:

On the possibility of a coup: We are seeing the gradual development of Pakistan’s fifth military dictatorship. It will be different from the first four. There will probably be no coup, nor a single dictator. Rather, the corps commanders are taking control behind the scenes of all major decisions. A civilian regime will survive, but only as a cosmetic cover to army rule.

On the army’s evolving role: The army is seeking to be the eminent power in the country, behind the curtain. The single-most important thing to control in Pakistan, aside from nuclear weapons, is the relationship with Washington. That’s why they had to remove [Hussain] Haqqani, because he was the barrier to...

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