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Pakistan: Frying Pan and the Fire

The ability of the political opposition (Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan) and the higher echelons of the state's military, judicial and civil bureaucracies to act in concert is quite largely due to their shared regional and ethnic power bases. It is the relatively more developed and urbanised region of north-central Punjab, traditionally a core political region of the country, that is now the main base of the opposition. But if the future of parliamentary democracy in Pakistan seems more certain now than at any time in recent history it is because the centre of political gravity has moved down to the provinces and regions, and at the local level it is the Pakistan People's Party that has a strong base.

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