Army nixed Pak PM candidature?

It is mighty curious that the front runner to replace Raza Gilani as Pakistan Prime Minister is the texiles minister Makhdoom and not Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, a former defence minister. Is it not reasonable to believe that when a list of probable appointments to the PM’s post was run by General Kayani, Mukhtar’s name was nixed by the army chief. If so why? One can speculate about two reasons. One, that because the army would like to have the upper hand, GHQ has more secrets about Makhdoom and has okayed his appointment because he will then be more malleable, especially at a time when delicate negotiations are on with the US over Afghanistan. etc..  And two, contrarily, that the Pak army desired a relatively clean PM for a change and Makhdoom was the better bet.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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1 Response to Army nixed Pak PM candidature?

  1. Ravi says:

    Makhdoom will desperately need the Pak Army’s support. Recently the CJ of the Pak Supreme Court Itikhar Chaudhary ordered his arrest in a narcotics related case (ephedrine, I believe). What concerns me is not who Pakistan chooses as its PM, but who India chooses as its next President. The stellar and trailblazing presidency of Pratibha Patil should only be followed up by choosing a personage of even greater talent, integrity, and achievement. It is depressing that the one person who fits such a description has been repeatedly neglected. .That august personage is none other than the noble Sardar Dr. Buta Singh.

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