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Does Pak military still has hold over govt?

India's diplomatic overtures in the region, has intensified discussion on direction of its foreign policy

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Publish Date: Jun 20 2016 10:21AM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2016 10:21AM

Does Pak military still has hold over govt?

Even after two years of its rule, it seems the Nawaz Sharif government is giving the impression of a lame duck government.

 
A report in ‘The Times of India’ has said that, few days back the entire cabinet, apart from interior minister, had a meeting with military at latter’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, which shows their supremacy in the country's decision-making process. 
 
Agenda was to discuss the country's external and security-related issues.
 
PM Narendra Modi’s diplomatic overtures in the region, the US and West Asia have, intensified the discussion within Pakistan on direction of its foreign policy, which is being dubbed as "failed" by critics.
 
The paper quoted a top PML leader as saying that, at the time of taking over, Sharif was determined to reduce the military's role in the realm of the country's foreign affairs but now has had to give in at every stage to continued pressure from "hidden" quarters.
 
Even though it  is acknowledged that when it comes to foreign affairs, the civilians play second fiddle to country’s  military, the meeting could have been held at the foreign office, believed observers.
 
Trying to deflect criticism of politicians and media over the military's iron grip on policy issues, Sharif's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz told parliamentarians that it was incorrect to believe that the military dictates the country's foreign policy.