3 April Will Go Down In History As The Day That Pakistan’s Democracy Was Saved

3 April Will Go Down In History As The Day That Pakistan’s Democracy Was Saved

By Andrew Korybko

Compromised elements of Pakistan’s political structure – including those that might be part of its permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) – must be purged and brought to justice, as should those within academia, civil society, and the media that are proven to have conspired with a foreign power and weren’t just its “useful idiots”. That’s the only way to sustainably ensure Pakistan’s “Democratic Security”, which refers to the wide range of counter-Hybrid War tactics and strategies for protecting a country’s national model of democracy from such threats.


Pakistan’s fledgling non-Western model of democracy was narrowly saved on 3 April after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri suspended the opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on the basis that it represented unconstitutional meddling in domestic affairs by a foreign power. The incumbent accused the US of plotting to overthrow him by orchestrating his political opponents’ parliamentary move, even claiming to be in possession of a letter confirming America’s regime change intentions against him. Prime Minister Khan also said that his country’s traditional partner was outraged over his trip to Moscow in late February and was particularly perturbed by improved ties with Russia.

For those readers who haven’t closely been following the crisis, here’s the author’s latest work about it:

* “Pakistani Journos Should Stop Gaslighting: The US Hates The PM’s Independent Policies

* “Who’s To Blame For Terrible US-Pakistani Ties: Imran Khan Or Joe Biden?

* “Shebhaz Sharif Is Insincere In His Condemnation Of Imran Khan’s India Remarks

* “What Are The Foreign Policy Implications Of Imran Khan’s Possible Overthrow?

* “Interpreting Pakistani COAS Bajwa’s Remarks About Russia’s Special Operation

* “Shehbaz Sharif’s Comparison Of Pakistan To Defeated Germany & Japan Exposes His Agenda

* “Prime Minister Khan’s Patriotic Rally Proposal Is Democratic Security At Its Finest

* “Debunking The Top Five Weaponized Narratives Of The US’ Infowar Against Pakistan

The author’s following analyses explain the geostrategic importance of Russian-Pakistani relations:

* “Interpreting Putin’s Diplomacy With The Chinese, Indian, And Pakistani Leaders

* “Closer Russian-Pakistani Relations Aren’t Aimed Against America Or India

* “The Russian Ambassador To Pakistan’s Far-Reaching Interview Was Very Informative

* “Prime Minister Khan’s RT Interview: Global Trends, The Global South, Ties With Russia

* “China, India, Iran, And Pakistan Just Became So Much More Important To Russia

* “Explaining India & Pakistan’s Neutrality In The New Cold War

* “Pakistan Just Broke Free From The West’s Post-Colonial Neo-Imperial Chains

* “Appreciating The Importance Of Neutrality In The New Cold War

* “The Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline & PAKAFUZ Are Flagship Multipolar Projects

* “Russian-Pakistani Energy Projects Are Highly Strategic

The first piece about interpreting President Putin’s diplomacy also links to 30 other related analyses.

To summarize everything, Prime Minister Khan’s independent foreign policy towards Russia is mutually beneficial because the convergence of their grand strategies in the Eurasian Heartland accelerates preexisting multipolar trends. This outcome is contrary to the US’ zero-sum unipolar hegemonic plans, which is why Washington sought to overthrow him through its domestic political proxies in his country. The last straw was his visit to Russia, which gave bilateral relations an indisputably strategic nature. The US also couldn’t accept Pakistan’s principled neutrality of refusing to publicly condemn Russia for its ongoing special military operation in Ukraine. For these reasons, Prime Minister Khan had to go.

While the regime change crisis hasn’t fully ended since the US-backed opposition is presently stirring up political trouble by declaring Sunday’s parliamentary surprise invalid, it appears as though the worst has already passed. Pakistani democracy was saved at the last minute by Deputy Speaker Suri’s patriotic intervention in support of his country’s constitution. To their credit, Pakistan’s powerful military remained neutral and didn’t interfere in this crisis. That speaks to how much the country’s fledgling democracy is maturing even though it still has a long way to go. Nevertheless, they might intervene in the event that the US-backed opposition endangers national security with a Color Revolution.

The US’ Hybrid War on Pakistan is long-running and multidimensional, with weaponized protests only comprising part of this campaign that’s being incessantly waged in order to coerce unilateral concessions on its objective national interests in order to advance America’s own. The purpose of the latest political provocations was to remove Pakistan’s independent multipolar leader in order to replace him with an American puppet. That would have been disastrous not just for Pakistan, but the entire region and the emerging Multipolar World Order more broadly as explained in the author’s earlier piece shared above about the foreign policy implications of that scenario.

The path forward might still be difficult since it’s of the highest urgency that Pakistan immediately commences counterintelligence and other associated investigations into this American regime change plot against its democratically elected leadership. That process will likely be described by the US-backed opposition as a so-called “anti-democratic witch hunt”, which is why it’s integral that the authorities share as much information with the public about their investigations as possible in order to debunk false claims that they’re intended to give the incumbent a boost ahead of planned elections within the next 90 days. The state must convince everyone that this is a non-partisan process for national security.

Compromised elements of Pakistan’s political structure – including those that might be part of its permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) – must be purged and brought to justice, as should those within academia, civil society, and the media that are proven to have conspired with a foreign power and weren’t just its “useful idiots”. That’s the only way to sustainably ensure Pakistan’s “Democratic Security”, which refers to the wide range of counter-Hybrid War tactics and strategies for protecting a country’s national model of democracy from such threats. So long as patriots continue calling the shots in Pakistan, the country’s democracy will survive this crisis.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Voice of East.


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