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Imran Khan cannot win back power by targeting Pakistan's military

Supporters' hopes of following Turkish example are doomed

| Pakistan
Imran Khan in Lahore High Court on May 19: Despite his close familiarity with the military, the populist politician has misjudged its tolerance for defiance.   © Reuters

Ayesha Siddiqa is a senior fellow with the department of war studies of King's College London and was previously director of naval research for the Pakistan Navy.

Pakistan is caught in a showdown between Gen. Asim Munir, the chief of army staff, and Imran Khan, the former prime minister and cricket star who remains head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

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