IK has been replaced by SS and the Americans are happy. A nod from them and Pakistan will get out of the FATF grey list, IMF will ease their stranglehold and release the next tranche of payment and foreign Direct Investments (FDI) especially from the western nations will start to flow in. However, they are likely to insist the fuel subsidies are rolled back.
The massive increase in fuel costs will lead to hyperinflation, plummeting the already dismal popularity of the Sharif family. Governance will become a nightmare, more so as IK’s call for fresh elections gains further momentum. Retired servicemen in large numbers rally in support of IK. Mass public turnouts demanding fresh elections that could paralyze the nation might well force the establishment supremo to revisit his earlier stance on ignoring the overwhelming appeal that IK’s clarion call generates.
A slight nudge from him will lead to the dissolution of the current assemblies
QJB would then be able to live out his stated dream of ensuring fresh untainted elections are held before he rides into the sunset in November this year. IK is elected with a comfortable, if not a two-thirds majority, without the need for the bathroom appendages.
The Russian-Ukraine war draws to a close and the oil prices stabilize to the pre-war levels. The US claim to be the sole superpower is dented while China and Russia pick up the gauntlet. The Sharif family, reading the writing on the wall escape to their London hideout before IK is sworn in and their name gets included in the no-fly list.
A chastened and one hopes wiser IK takes over the reins of the country and pays heed to the wise counsel of his team enacts major laws to reform and reenergize national institutions that are currently in a moribund state. Pakistan would then have taken the first tentative steps towards achieving its true potential.
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