A lot has happened in Pakistan over the last few weeks, with Imran Khan’s government first creating a constitutional crisis and then losing power in a dramatic late-night vote in the National Assembly.
But what does this mean for Pakistan’s flawed and floundering democracy? And how should we view this moment in time from a historical perspective?
In this episode, Uzair Younus talks to Dr. Ilhan Niaz, Head of the Department of History at the Quaid-e-Azam University, about the impact of ongoing events on Pakistan’s political economy.
2:00 Why did Khan lose power?
6:45 Where do we go from here?
10:00 The PTI’s strategy
17:20 How does the military react?
21:00 The judiciary’s role
32:30 Will the military learn the right lessons?
40:30 Is this a political awakening in Pakistan?
46:50 Risks of institutional fracture
51:30 More volatility ahead
59:30 Reforming amidst political chaos