Ominous developments and signals from Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund will already be thinking twice on future assistance to Islamabad after coming to know that some of its recommendations like cutting subsidies on fuel are non-starters.

Ominous developments and signals from Pakistan
Imran Khan greeting the crowds. Source: Facebook/@Imran Khan

In his sporting career Imran Khan has never been known as anything but a fighter till the very end; a trait that he is showing in politics of Pakistan knowing full well the consequences and implications. Raising the battle cry of his fight against an “imported” government the former Prime Minister has called on “all” Pakistanis, not just members of his party, to get ready for the Long March, the date and route of which is yet to be announced. The Long March may not be the exact equivalent of Chairman Mao Tse Tung but nevertheless a battle cry that is intended to rattle the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Sharif has had to contend with a rough start to his tenure as leader of the country. The constant domestic sniping from Imran Khan aside, Sharif and his delegation were heckled and shouted at in their first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and that too at the holy site of Medina. Khan has immediately disassociated members of his party or supporters from the embarrassing turn of events that has resulted in Saudi officials taking actions against Pakistani pilgrims who were supposedly involved in the happenings at Medina.