24 November, 2020

From One Crisis To Another

As the country plunges into confusion, President Leghari tries to weaken Benazir—politically

From One Crisis To Another
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BENAZIR Bhutto’s dismissal by President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari may not have evoked a negative reaction from the people but, contrary to expectations, her unceremonious exit has plunged the state of Pakistan into a deeper crisis. An interim set-up, enjoying virtually no political backing, is struggling to make an impact since taking over on November 5. As confusion mounts, politicians worry about the future—and wonder whether elections will be held as scheduled on February 3.

President Leghari and the new set-up have so far failed to justify the dissolution of assemblies. Leghari seems to be caught up in a crisis of his own making. Under the Constitution, the president virtually becomes the chief executive of the country once assemblies are dissolved. But his selection of ministers for the caretaker government has left much to be desired. From caretaker federal ministers to senior officials in the bureaucracy and provincial governors, almost every appointment is controversial.

Apart from performing its constitutional duty...

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