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The crisis and divisions deepen

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GIVE it to Imran Khan for being Pakistan’s Donald Trump and the most divisive influence on the country’s politics for at least half a century, with the voting public, key arch-rivals, media and even state institutions showing signs of a tense division.

Donald Trump won the presidential race and stormed into the White House by dividing the US right down the middle. Outvoted in the next election, Mr Trump was not prepared to leave office quietly. But despite his violent supporters’ endeavours, he had to exit eventually, as the law prevailed.

He has to now wait for the next election and the fight to win the Republican nomination before that to stage a comeback. Pakistan’s nascent democracy presents a different story, one that is far more complicated and difficult to understand, let alone explain.

Outnumbered in a vote of no-confidence, Mr Khan tried every trick in the book, including some blatantly extra-constitutional antics, to hang on to office but he had to leave as he lost the support of his all-powerful backers who had propelled him into office. The state of the economy was a major concern.

There is pressure on Shehbaz Sharif as his cabinet have started to say they’d rather not take the responsibility of clearing the past government’s mess.

The backers’ change of heart was termed ‘neutrality’ by the media and turning ‘apolitical’ by their own spokesperson. But our blighted land’s political engineers, with their steely will, started to........

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