Thursday 18 January 2018

Time is ripe for a coup in Pakistan but the generals aren't interested

Con Coughlin in London

IF ever a country were ripe for a coup, it is Pakistan. The besieged government of President Asif Ali Zardari is assailed on all fronts by man-made conflict and natural disaster and there is a palpable sense in Islamabad that the return of the generals to the presidential palace would come as something of a relief.

As if fighting a war against a determined enemy like the Taliban weren't a difficult enough challenge, Mr Zardari now finds himself struggling to restore his credibility after a less-than-convincing response to the catastrophe of the flooding.

To grasp the scale of the task facing the president, you need look no further than the American drone strikes that are being launched against suspected Taliban militants, at the same time as relief workers are struggling to save millions of homeless and hungry Pakistanis.

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