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Muhammad Daim Fazil op-ed in The Diplomat on Pakistan’s Risk for a Coup

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Last week’s failed military coup in Turkey has understandably brought cheers in Pakistan. Followers of the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or PML(N), believe that the failure of the Turkish coup is a deterrent and thus closes the door on the possibility of ousting the civilian regime in Pakistan, at least for the next few years. And by then, Nawaz Sharif would have completed his constitutional term for the first time. Additionally, proponents of democracy believe the vibrant judiciary, which avows the closure of the “Doctrine of Necessity,” and the active media (perhaps social media in large) would resist a coup attempt. However, there are three factors that could drive another successful coup in Pakistan.

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