30 September, 2020

A Warning For Benazir

The arrest of 40 army officers remains shrouded in mystery, giving rise to much speculation

A Warning For Benazir

Ultimately it turned out to be an amateurish attempt by 40 bearded khakis (men in uniform) to Islamise Pakistan's political and military landscape. But the abortive coup attempt managed to shake Pakistan's fragile democracy, exposing potential threats from the military, which has the dubious distinction of overturning democratic governments thrice since Partition, in 1958, 1969 and 1977.

The military's mouthpiece, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), is tight-lipped about the September 20 episode. According to reports, it all began with a group of army officers, allegedly involved in smuggling contraband goods and frustrated with the government's policy of checking the flow of arms because of the Karachi quagmire. The Military Intelligence (MI) arrested a two-star general, Zaheer-ul Islam Abbasi, a brigadier, four colonels and over a dozen other officers for defying the army's chain of command.

The supreme commander of Pakistan's armed forces, President Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, has now publicly promised that on completion of investigations against the arrested...



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