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Pakistan's military withdrew support to Imran Khan with the tacit approval of the US and in return got favours like an increase in defense aid. Had Imran been there he would have been a hindrance to the cooperation between the US and Pakistan's military.

This inspite of the fact that he was relatively clean (a rarity in Pakistan politics) and hugely popular as compared to any other civilian government administration.

Therefore it will be interesting to see what the American response (or lack thereof) to the genuine outpouring of public support to Imran Khan would be.

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There's no indication that Khan has a serious problem with America: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/14/imran-khan-u-turn-no-longer-blames-us-for-removal-as-premier . He doesn't just doesn't like Pakistan being used to fight terrorism all of the time. It's much like the relationship we have with Mexico which also has leaders that poke us in the eye for no reason.

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As much as I hate to say it, this could be the US in 2024 after Trump loses again and incites his MAGA right-wing terrorists to "war"...

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Yet another tactic to discredit Imran Khan in the West has been to call him a 'populist insurgent' similar to Trump.

None of this matters to the common folks in Pakistan who have seen corrupt civilian administrations like the Sharif clan (who had their names prominently featured in Panama Papers) and the Bhutto-Zardari clan (there was a reason why Asif Ali Zardari was known as 'Mr. 10%' ).

Pakistan's military has long treated India as a bogeyman to justify their outsized budget, and have fingers in every economic pie in Pakistan. Pakistan's current economic woes are squarely on their shoulders.

Imran Khan is a rarity in Pakistan politics who is not afraid of taking on the powers that be. If a free and fair election were to be held today he would be overwhelmingly returned to power. That’s why the military and the Sharif clan are trying to get rid of him using every trick in their book.

In the meantime, Pakistan's ally America stands by silently because he is an inconvenience who tried to shift Pakistan's foreign policy away from the US.

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Nothing new for Pakistan, the army is almost always on stand by like the rest of the Middle East kings and dictators.

Where there is NO JUSTICE there is NO PEACE.

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Imran Kahn is a Frankenstein monster created by Pakistan army and he is doing what a Frankenstein monster would do. America seems to have lost all interest in Pakistan after withdrawal from Afghanistan and their only concern seems to be the security of nuclear arsenal and American response will just be limited to that.

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This inspite of the fact that he was relatively clean (a rarity in Pakistan politics)..

No such thing in that country, everyone in any power equation is 100% corrupt, and as his second wife revealed he has a very flamboyant profile.

https://www.news18.com/news/world/sex-drugs-illegitimate-children-corruption-reham-khan-on-ex-husband-imran-khan-1809669.html

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Pakistan's military withdrew support to Imran Khan with the tacit approval of the US and in return got favours like an increase in defense aid. 

Not even close to true. The US ceased all military aid to Pakistan in 2018 and has not resumed it since. Non-military aid since 2014 has been predicated on Pakistan reducing / eliminating terrorism. Congress has not appropriated the full amount of civilian aid as Pakistan has not addressed its terrorist problem to Congress' satisfaction.

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Imran Kahn is a Frankenstein monster created by Pakistan army and he is doing what a Frankenstein monster would do.

No, more nonsense. Imran Kahn is not a creation of the military. Far from it. He entered politics to try to put an end to the corruption of the military. Kahn's supporters are strongly anti-military and you see that in the nature of their protests, much of which are aimed at military properties and military members homes.

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Not even close to true. The US ceased all military aid to Pakistan in 2018 and has not resumed it since.

Wonder what the Biden administration classifies the 450 million that Pakistan's military got for removing Imran Khan and doing the US bidding as.

https://m.thewire.in/article/south/us-biden-aid-pakistan-counterterrorism/amp

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2022/9/27/us-defends-arms-sales-to-pakistan-amid-criticism-from-india

Imran Kahn is not a creation of the military. Far from it. He entered politics to try to put an end to the corruption of the military.

He entered politics to end the corruption in civilian administrations, and to get Pakistan out of the clutches of US interests. That’s why the US wanted him gone.

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It seems Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered his release.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-65561807

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He entered politics to end the corruption in civilian administrations, and to get Pakistan out of the clutches of US interests. That’s why the US wanted him gone.

He's retracted that statement. Just because that is a convenient excuse in the region and probably one he uses to increase his support, doesn't make it accurate.

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In the meantime, Pakistan's ally America stands by silently because he is an inconvenience who tried to shift Pakistan's foreign policy away from the US.

I'm sure you'd be moaning no matter what the US did or which side it took.

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Wonder what the Biden administration classifies the 450 million that Pakistan's military got for removing Imran Khan and doing the US bidding as.

No aid involved. Pakistan is paying $450 million cash for maintenance supplies for existing aircraft. The US is not giving them anything.

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EvilBudha

He entered politics to end the corruption in civilian administrations, and to get Pakistan out of the clutches of US interests. That’s why the US wanted him gone.

The US cares nothing of Imran Khan. It's the Pakistan army and Shehbaz Sharif that want him gone.

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