Ultraconservative triumph puts Pakistan at risk

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by James M Dorsey

“Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have averted for now further violence by caving in to demands of a militant, supremacist religious group. But in doing so, Mr. Khan is allowing radical ultra-conservatism to fester, undermining social cohesion, threatening economic development, and giving militants a say in foreign policy. The government’s surrender to Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or ‘I am Present Pakistan’ (TLP), an outlawed far-right group, comes at a moment that Mr. Khan has taken several steps towards Islamicizing Pakistani society.” (11/08/21)