A year after violent clashes, can Pakistan’s Imran Khan and army mend their relationship? | Politics News


General Asim Munir of the Pakistan Army made a strong statement during his visit to Lahore Garrison on May 9, emphasizing that there can be no compromise with those responsible for the violent events that unfolded on that day. The chaos began when former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested while appearing in court for a corruption case, sparking protests by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party workers in various cities who demanded his release.

The situation escalated as state buildings and military installations were targeted, leading to a strained relationship between the military and PTI, which was exacerbated by subsequent arrests and crackdowns. This ongoing tension has put additional pressure on Pakistan’s already struggling political system and economy, affecting the lives of millions of citizens.

While PTI maintains that the events of May 9, 2023, were part of a ‘false flag’ operation, analysts suggest that the party may have miscalculated the military’s response to the rioting. Despite facing setbacks and legal challenges, PTI-backed candidates emerged victorious in recent elections, albeit as independents due to the loss of their party symbol.

The relationship between PTI and the military remains fraught, with both sides maintaining strong stances. Moving forward, it is crucial for both parties to step back from confrontation and seek ways to address the underlying issues that led to the violence of May 9, 2023. Understanding the root causes of public anger and mistrust is essential to prevent similar incidents in the future.


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