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Pakistan: An Army With a Country

Nov 29, 2016 | 04:03 GMT
Pakistan: An Army With a Country
Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa (pictured) will succeed Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif when his three-year term ends on Tuesday, marking the first time in 20 years that an army chief has stepped down after a single term.
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The saying goes that most countries have an army, but Pakistan's army has a country. Even when it is not formally in power -- as it has been off and on for nearly half of Pakistan's 69-year history -- the Pakistani military wields tremendous influence as a kingmaker. Its leaders...

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