The ascendency of Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment over its civilian government not only has deprived the country of a real democracy and progress, but has also posed numerous threats to the entire region. It is the intelligence services that are primarily to be blamed for providing safe havens for terrorist groups. Pakistani military circles are still pursuing their interests based on enmity with India, and strategic depth in Afghanistan, and are therefore using terror groups as proxy forces, thereby making regional consensus about economic wellbeing impossible.
Though the independence of Pakistan’s judiciary is praised for disqualifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, this historic incident shows that intelligence services have more influence on Pakistan’s judicial institutions than its autonomy. It is the judiciary institutions that have historically given legitimacy to governments formed as a result of military coups in Pakistan, which can clearly shows how independent they really are.
The increased power of military circles in Pakistan eliminates the existing chances of repairing relations with Afghanistan. The more Pakistan’s civilian governments are weakened, the more the country’s military and intelligence establishment gains an upper hand to achieve its goals through conspiracies, the main target of which is Afghanistan and India. Thus, the expansion of the power of Pakistani army dashes the hopes of reaching a consensus and peace in the region.