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US prefers to deal with military regimes in Pakistan, says Hina Rabbani

 2015-12-19 13:11:40.0

hinarabbanikharinpDoha : Former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar defended Pakistan�s civilian leadership and her government�s role in the country�s disrupted democratic process, saying that the US government�s preference of dealing with military regimes has resulted in the pre-eminence of military influence in Pakistan.

�The US government has had a long history of immense fascination with the military of Pakistan,� Khar asserted in an interview with Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera's "Head to Head".

Despite being pushed on this point, Khar refused to concede that the Pakistani military �runs the show�, though she admitted that the "military has historically played a much a larger role than the Constitution should permit".

The US, she said, was complicit in causing a constant disruption in Pakistan�s democratic process by propping up one military dictatorship after another.

�When Ziaul Haq came in, when Musharraf came in, Pakistan got the best possible military and civil assistance ever possible,� she remarked.

Khar stated that a civilian-made constitution - one without any amendments - had only been applicable in Pakistan twice; once for four years after 2010, and another for two years from 1956 to 1958.

Khar�s term in president Zardari�s government was marked by reports of human rights abuses by the Pakistan military, stated the host. Khar was asked how she addressed these concerns, or if she merely �threw them in the bin�.

Despite her shortcomings in dealing with the military�s human right abuses, Khar maintained that she was always �fiercely independent� and was never pushed by the military to direct policy matters.

She added that she only consulted the military leadership in matters where they were �relevant stakeholders�.

�On issues on which I thought they were not relevant stakeholders, for instance trade with India, I didn�t,� she explained. �It�s none of their business�. (IANS)

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