An analysis of Pakistan’s ongoing constitutional crisis, titled “The Many Trials of Imran Khan” by Betsy Joles published in Foreign Policy magazine on April 5, 2023, quotes Pardee School Professor and Dean Emeritus Adil Najam as suggesting that what we are now seeing in Pakistan is an implosion of all the major political institutions in…
Dean Emeritus Adil Najam is interviewed by New York Times on the unending political chaos in Pakistan.
“There’s been this ratcheting up of the rhetoric, the instigation,” says Najam. “I cannot imagine a world where his arrest — if it happens — will go down quietly.”
“Imran Khan is clearly an order of magnitude stronger than he was when he was removed – the removal was probably the best thing to happen to him.”
Dean Najam argued that the divided country desperately needs a narrative of healing; however, none seems to be available at this time.
“A country where the many wounds of division were already deep and deeply felt has now become even more divided with new lines of polarizations having emerged.”
Dean Najam argues that April 9, 2022, in Pakistan – the day in which Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote – is akin to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot in the United States in that it signifies a fundamental sea change in political conduct and the impacts are going to be pervasive and long-term.
“This rhetoric of extreme personal attack, visceral hatred for the other and both sides calling each other traitors is going to define the structure of politics for many months and years to come.”
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