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Former Pak PM warns of military takeover due to deep crisis in country


Kabul: Pakistan’s former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has warned that the current economic and political crisis has all the makings of attracting a military takeover, adding that the army intervened in the past in much less severe circumstances, Dawn reported.

Appearing on ‘Spotlight’, an English news show on Dawn News, the he made it clear that martial law always remained a possibility if the system failed or when there was a conflict between institutions and the political leadership was unable to chart a way forward.

Abbasi warned of anarchy if friction within the society and institutions became too deep, adding that such a situation could also see the army step in.

“It has happened in many countries when the political and constitutional system fails, extra-constitutional (measures) take place,” he added.

He clarified that if the army were to take over, it would make things worse instead of doing any good.

He said PTI chairman Imran Khan, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, and Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir, who he called the three important players in the game, should initiate a dialogue.

The former prime minister stressed that solutions would have to come from within the country, but wondered how a solution would be found if the leadership did not understand and recognise the extent of the problem.

Abbasi said dialogues were supposed to have a purpose but if they benefited only one political party, they would defeat their purpose.

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