Emerging Voices Network Reception with Gareth Bayley, U.K. Special Representative on Pakistan and Afghanistan
Pakistan, America, and extremism: The path ahead
Neighbours in arms: A discussion with Larry Pressler
[While China was initially focused on former premier Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N,] Beijing has diversified its contacts and investments in Pakistan... Khan does not have a lot of wiggle room...We may continue to see a gradual trend of Pakistan drifting closer to China and more distant from the United States. But that would have to do with a number of factors beyond Imran Khan’s election.
Certain traits of [Imran Khan]—his lack of desire to conduct politics as usual, his stubbornness—will mean that should his relationship with the military sour or cool off, he might falter more quickly than politicians in the past, and more badly. But once in power, he could also adapt.
"[Pakistan's judiciary is an] all too willing pawn in the military's hands...I also think that it is in broad agreement with the military in its stance on Pakistan's politics."
[T]he weaponization of the judiciary [and] the manipulation of the media [show that the military is clearing the way for Imran Khan to become prime minister.]
No one, other than Sharif loyalists, doubts that [he] was corrupt...The question is whether he would be facing this had he appeased the military rather than taken it on, and the answer is probably not.
With its capricious system of justice and lack of full political representation, the tribal areas [of Pakistan] had become an embarrassment to the country’s elected leadership. But in moving to reform the tribal areas, they should be commended for taking a bold and long overdue step to remedy a history of egregious disenfranchisement.