This was said by Ambassador Robin Raphel, a former American diplomat. She was among half a dozen American scholars who analysed the current political situation in Pakistan at a recent seminar in Washington.
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“The military does not want to snap elections,” said Raphel, a respected Pakistan sympathiser in Washington. She has faced an FBI investigation for her alleged friendly relations with Pakistani diplomats, however, in June she was cleared of charges.
She ruled out the possibility of a military takeover, but warned that the “military may move in if there is a major public disorder in the country”.
Military dictators have ruled Pakistan for more than half its 70-year history, and the armed forces are widely seen as controlling the country’s foreign and defence policies.
“If it happens, the United States will weigh its options and will take a decision that is compatible with US interests in the region,” she said.
Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute, said that the transfer of power in 2013 from the PPP to the PML-N was a game-changer, which greatly reduced the chances of an abrupt government change in Pakistan.
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The experts agreed that despite some serious institutional problems, Pakistan would continue (its journey) on the road to democracy.
Prime Minister Sharif is poised to select a successor to Gen Raheel, 60, soon as the army chief is scheduled to retire in November this year.