Domestic Politics: Instability is Permanent

RAZA RUMI

The year 2020 started on an optimistic note for the PTI-led government as it straddled the multiple challenges faced by Pakistan. A major threat in the shape of Maulana Fazal-ur­Rehman’s sit-in at the end of 2019 had subsided and was `managed’, ostensibly with the intervention of the military establishment. The economy was finally in the hands of an experienced ream led by former officials of international financial institutions, and signs of a mild recovery were becoming visible. The opposition was disunited and directionless, while the military was clearly backing the Imran Khan administration. However, things changed quickly — not just for Pakistan, but across the globe due to the outbreak of the novel and lethal coronavirus, COVID-19. The digital age compounded the fear of the virus as real-time updates overwhelmed public consciousness and media spaces. Within a few months, it was clear that COVID-19 was going to change the workings of the global economy, international trade and the way the role of state had been envisioned by the Read More…..

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