It would possibly seem like that to a conspiracy-obsessed anti-American who wants to blame all rhe problems in the world on Washington. Sometimes people blame outside forces for problems which are outside their control or are caused by their own failures.
What Happened: Pakistan’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has proposed a price hike of up to 35% for fuel starting April 16, Pakistan Today reported April 15. Meanwhile, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority approved a price increase of 4.83 Pakistani rupees (about 3 cents) on April 15.
Why It Matters: Pakistan must roll back subsidies on fuel and electricity to continue negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and receive the next tranche of its ongoing bailout. These measures are also necessary to control the country’s high fiscal deficit, which the government has warned could reach 8-10%. Maintaining public and political support while simultaneously satisfying the IMF will prove challenging, as cutting subsidies on fuel and electricity could trigger unrest.
Background: The government of former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a politically motivated relief package in February that cut electricity and petroleum rates, contrary to IMF requirements. Pakistan’s current account deficit is estimated to be 4-5% of its gross domestic product.
So, maybe that played a part in U.S. wanting Khan out.
Ex-PM Khan cutting electricity and petroleum rates ran contrary to IMF’s demand (U.S. is largest member at 20% or more of budget).
Pakistani guerillas operating against Pakistan in the area have greatly increased their operations since the Taliban took power. Imran Khan’s government though generally supportive of the Taliban- was building a fence to separate the two countries to prevent Pakistanis from the region who fled across the border to slip across and attack Pakistani targets.
In spite of the fever-dreams of the conspiracy-minded, this was not orchestrated by the CIA and the IMF= people living there have agency and aims of their own.
Taking a page from the U.S. of how to deal with ex-presidents.
Terrorism now includes levelling baseless allegations. Ummm. Ok.
The PEMRA, in its directive, said that it has been observed that PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in his speeches/statements, is continuously targeting state institutions by levelling baseless allegations, and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers, which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquillity.
That cannot be good. Those folks, many of them born in the camps in Pakistan (many of my former students) have zero experience living among the Taliban.
More than 10,000 Afghan migrants rushed to the border on Tuesday, the last day of a deadline for 1.7 million Afghans to leave Pakistan voluntarily or face arrest and deportation.
The government has said it would begin arresting undocumented Afghans and taking them to new holding centres from Wednesday, from where they will be processed and forcibly returned to Afghanistan.
The Taliban government in Kabul says the policy amounts to “harassment”.
“Thousands of Afghan refugees are waiting for their turn in vehicles, lorries, and trucks, and the number continues to grow,” Irshad Mohmand, a senior government official at the Torkham border told AFP.
“More than 10,000 refugees have gathered since morning.”
More than 100,000 Afghan migrants have fled Pakistan since the start of October when the government announced that 1.7 million Afghans it says are living illegally in Pakistan have a one-month deadline to leave.
That sucks. I can’t imagine their reception in Afghanistan will be much better. ;(
What’s really happening there is a tussle between the army and other domestic forces for control of the country.
Since the founding of their state the army of Pakistan along with their own intelligence services has largely been in control and it also controls most of the resources of the country through their corporations.
It’s their own internal power struggle. The populist Khan, even though he was originally raised up by the army , ended up fighting with them and was threatening to take the army’s power and ill gotten gains away. He started pointing out how far behind India Pakistan has fallen in terms of human development. His supporters went on a rampage damaging army installations . The army in turn has been busy compromising various senior judges and legislators there to discredit them and control them, pushing through the non confidence vote and finally using their goons to arrest him and jail him. Now they are firmly in charge again.
They (the gophers you mentioned read from their script) have previous.
As always their footprints are all over coups, wars and conflicts.
US involved in 70+ since WW2 alone and growing (your can never do wrong EU also involved some of them).
Keep on thinking it’s all organic.