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Country Report Pakistan

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Pakistan
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On August 20th Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR), the military's information bureau, issued a statement calling for dialogue to resolve the political impasse that has kept tens of thousands of opposition protesters in the capital, Islamabad, since August 15th.

The ISPR's statement is a signal that the military establishment is ready to end the stand-off between the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and two opposition movements. The military allowed supporters of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Tahir-ul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to congregate in Islamabad and issued orders to troops deployed in the capital not to use violence against the protesters when they breached security cordons around the so-called "red zone" of government and diplomatic buildings on August 19th. PTI and PAT supporters are currently gathered outside the parliament, intent on camping out until their demands are met. These demands include electoral reforms, the resignation of the prime minister and the establishment of a government free from the established political elites.

Although the military has not instigated the protests, they have helped it to check READ MORE >

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