The rapidly changing political situation in Pakistan is also a subject of news and debate in India. Analysts sitting on most of the Indian channels were expecting that in case of a vote of the no-confidence motion, Imran Khan’s government would fall and the opposition parties would form a new government.
From time to time news of Pakistan’s political situation in India is being shown on television channels.
The news of the rejection of the no-confidence motion and the dissolution of the National Assembly was the headline of all the channels and newspapers of the country.
As soon as the hearing of this case started in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday, all the channels started broadcasting the news received from Islamabad.
Imran Khan is one of the few Pakistani leaders who are generally popular in India or at least he was not considered as strict in his relations with India as other Pakistani leaders. But since he became the Prime Minister, India’s attitude towards him has been quite cold.
India-Pakistan relations were completely frozen during Imran Khan’s tenure as Prime Minister. From the comments of various channels and analysts here, it seemed that they would be happy with the possibility of forming an opposition government in place of Imran Khan.
But when Imran Khan dissolved the National Assembly and called for elections, there was frustration in some quarters and it is still hoped in these constituencies that the Supreme Court may overturn Imran Khan’s decision. Order a meeting of the National Assembly for a vote of confidence. And that could pave the way for an opposition government.
Pakistan’s Home Minister Sheikh Rashid also spoke about the frustration in India, which was also published by a Hindi newspaper in India. According to the Hindi newspaper, after the dissolution of the National Assembly, Sheikh Rashid said: ‘There is mourning especially in India. India’s 72 channels are mourning the decision. The biggest disappointment after this decision has come in India.
Is Sheikh Rashid Right?
In response to this question, Ranganath Singh, editor of the popular Hindi news website Lokmat, told the BBC: What is happening is very important.
“It seems that Imran Khan is leading Pakistan towards political instability which is not in India’s favor because there are non-governmental elements working against India.”
He further said that “Imran Khan has a long and continuous history of tampering with the idea of Theocratic Pakistan and his obsession with the so-called cause of Kashmir has been a source of concern for India.”
On the contrary, Professor Muhammad Sohrab, who has a keen eye on Islamic countries at the Jamia Millia Islamia, told the BBC: ۔ That word is betinawa, that is, the majority of countries today, the people, the popular media, the intelligence is not acceptable to them, it should be avoided, that is, it should be hated.
He says that the main reason for this is that for the first time in the history of Pakistan, Imran Khan has incorporated elements of sovereignty and national interest in both foreign and domestic policy. And somehow the economic and feudal mafia inside Pakistan does not like this because they do not have the support of the government or they are not benefiting from the policy of the government. That’s why they’re just miserable. ”
He said that the citizens of Pakistan may dislike their own choice but if one looks at the situation there, the opposition is like a ‘stronghold’ in common parlance which includes people like Maulana Fazlur Rehman who Who claim to be the leaders of the Muslims.
He added that “Pakistan’s internal situation is worse than its external situation, where it seems to be moving away from its traditional position and getting closer to Russia and China.”
Fazlur Rehman, a senior fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, an Indian think tank, says that while Sheikh Rashid says that “there is mourning in the Indian media”, it is somewhat true that there are discussions and debates. And the way India-Pakistan relations have been for the last 20-30 years, whatever happens in Pakistan, the Indian media is very interested in it. The opposite is also true. ”
He said that the media, under its agenda, presents the situation there to make it clear to its viewers that it is keeping a close eye on the situation in the neighborhood and what effect it has on the government or the establishment. That’s the big question. ”
He said that what is happening in Pakistan, whether it is with regard to Imran Khan’s government or Nawaz Sharif or the current crisis, the government of India may have its say but what the media is presenting. Or the people here have nothing to do with what they want to believe.
He said that there has been no dialogue between India and Pakistan since Imran Khan came. Somewhere in India, there is a feeling that Pakistan is far behind in the race. Diplomacy, politics, strategy, and economy are the four things that show the graph of a country, in which India is far ahead.
But Amit Barwa, a senior journalist who has been working for the Indian media in Pakistan for some time, says that “India lacks an understanding of Pakistan.”
“It’s not like there’s a stalemate between the two countries,” he said. Although there has been no talk between the chiefs since the arrival of Imran Khan, the talk is happening from the back channels. And an example of this is the unprovoked firing on the LOC.
Professor Sohrab said that the way Imran Khan had praised India’s foreign policy was not presented by the Indian media as it should have been.
“Unfortunately, the way Imran Khan praised India’s foreign policy, our media itself has not been able to present it in a positive way,” he said. I can’t understand the mentality behind it. But the fact is that the way our traditional rival is speaking in our favor on one side of us, at least it should have given us a better place in our intelligence, in our media.
In this context, Professor Sohrab said, “The United States and its allies, even if they belong to a region of the world, are not talking about a change of government only within Pakistan. Their clear plan is to change the government in Turkey, to change the ruler wherever they do not agree with the policy of the Muslim (ruler). This is not the policy of the Biden government, but the script of the War on Terror and the War on Islamic Terror. It is very clear within this script that it has two sides, one is the military side where the fighting is taking place. There is and will be and the second is to promote all kinds of strife and all kinds of resistance in Muslim countries and Muslim society. It is to create an atmosphere of a kind of civil war.
He said that it was part of his strategy that any country would be vulnerable to internal instability, weakening and it would be just as easy for them to put pressure on the government.
In this way, you will see that if there is an insurgency in any Muslim country in the world, it is not that there is no direct foreign intervention. Clearly. The world knows where the remote control of the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey was.
He added: “It is unfortunate that Turkey or any other Muslim country has its own internal elements involved. I am not presenting any conspiracy theory, but it is clear that the factors that are working behind the scenes are very powerful and this is also true in the context of Pakistan.
In such a scenario, I would say that Imran Khan’s ‘mistake’ is that he has restored the elements of his sovereignty in his domestic and foreign policy which is not acceptable to anyone.
This is the first time in many years that Pakistani politics is being given so much importance in India. The greatest interest is shown on TV channels, on which many traditional commentators attribute the current political crisis in Pakistan to aspects such as the lack of democracy in Pakistan and the military’s interference in politics.
Many other analysts are trying to explain why the atmosphere there suddenly turned against Imran Khan. Like Pakistan, there is speculation as to what will happen next.
Imran Khan was very popular in India as a cricketer and a captain but he did not accept India as a politician. Talking about this, Fazlur Rehman says that India-Pakistan relations were good at the time when Imran Khan was playing cricket and that is why not only Imran Khan but also Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis were popular here.
According to him, “Today, India and Pakistan are going through the worst period of their relations. In such a situation, Imran Khan is not liked as the Prime Minister. Here it is important to see if Imran Khan has the patronage of the army then it is said that he has the patronage of the army. In such a situation, it is considered very difficult for a civilian government to make its own decision. And the military will never want to improve India-Pakistan relations.
Amit Browa also said that the reason for the cold seal on the part of India is the influence of the army on the government.
One newspaper commented that Imran Khan had thrown an ‘in swing yorker’ at the opposition. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will call it a ‘no-ball’.