29 September, 2020

The Many Merits In His Stars: Can Likely Pak PM Imran Khan Produce A Nuanced India Policy?

In his potential new role as helmsman of not just a playing eleven but all of Pakistan, is Imran Khan likely to unleash another hostile spell against India? Or will Imran the politician be different—marked by flexibility, pragmatism and amiabil­ity?

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan releases his party’s manifesto for the polls in Peshawar
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The Many Merits In His Stars: Can Likely Pak PM Imran Khan Produce A Nuanced India Policy?
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2018-07-22T18:12:32+05:30

The possible emergence of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s new prime minister is being seen by India with genuine interest, and also a fair bit of scepticism—if not the outright alarm his cricketing avatar used to elicit. Back in the day, Imran’s swing, bounce and toe-crushing pace had tormented Indian batsmen. In his potential new role as helmsman of not just a playing eleven but all of Pakistan, is he likely to unleash another hostile spell against India? Or will Imran the politician be different—marked by flexibility, pragmatism and amiabil­ity? Will he want to smoke the peace pipe?

South Block mandarins are keeping a keen eye on how Pakistan’s July 25 election unfolds. Especially on whether Imran—in an author-backed role, so to speak—manages to upstage Nawaz Sharif, who finds himself playing against the odds. The wily Nawaz is meeting the challenge by scrambling the game with a new ‘victimhood’...

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