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Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan claims the "military establishment" is trying to crush his party, while the army has criticized him for making "baseless allegations."   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Reuters and Kyodo
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Pakistan's Imran Khan takes on powerful military establishment

Allies break from embattled former PM in aftermath of May 9 violence

| Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Pakistan's colonial garrison city of Rawalpindi is dotted with military installations and army-backed businesses enmeshed in civilian life.

Next to the army's sprawling GHQ compound, the Blue Lagoon hosts weddings, runs a restaurant serving everything from "sizzling BBQ" to Chinese food, and offers swimming lessons. Proceeds, the army says, go to the families of shaheeds (martyrs) and wounded veterans.

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