Pakistan Military decides red lines for Civilian leadership: Tharoor

The Indo-Pak relations would not witness turbulent times with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan’s victory.” Says Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi, July 26 : Terming Imran Khan’s victory in Pakistan general elections as predictable, Congress leader and former Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor said that Pakistan military dictates the red lines for any civilian government  whether Nawaz’s, Zaradari’s or Imran; therefore the question of  having  turbulent  relations between India  and Pakistan  doesn’t arise.

 

Tharoor said, “Relations with India have always been privilege of Pak military. They decide the red lines for any civilian govt whether Nawaz’s, Zaradari’s or Imran’s. Ultimately nobody can cross red lines of military. So I don’t think it’ll see very much change .The Indo-Pak relations would not witness turbulent times with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan’s victory.”

Talking to ANI,  Tharoor said, “We have seen two faces of Imran, one as a hardliner for the electorate and other as liberal which we saw in London and New Delhi. So, it cannot necessarily be turbulent weather for Indo-Pak relations.”

He further said, “I think it was completely predictable. For the last year also we have been hearing that the military wants a change, they want to get rid of Nawaz Sharif and his party and that they see Imran Khan as the most pliable potential.”

He, however, admitted that Imran Khan would have to depend on other independent candidates and small parties, along with Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal which will follow the instructions from the military.

“Imran is the largest single party but without majority by himself. He’ll depend on independents and small parties’ support, almost certainly Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – which will follow military instructions which means if he does things military considers out of line, support can be pulled,”  Tharoor added.

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