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Pakistan: All in a day’s work

Pakistan: Wednesday February 25

Whilst flying across the Pakistan/India border, the sight of a military fighter plane speeding past our rickety old passenger airliner was a foreboding omen and perhaps an interesting insight of what is too come.

Day one: The Pakistani Supreme Court dismiss the leader of the opposition party, Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, consequently barring them both from holding public office.

The move has caused massive civil unrest, anti government demonstrations have been growing in number and momentum as agitators take to the streets destroying shop fronts, breaking cars and burning tyres.

The tension on the streets of Rawalpindi was unfailing, as shop keepers pulled down their metal roller doors in preparation for more riots. Groups of young men shouting, chanting and waving pro Sharif flags, roamed the streets throwing rocks through shop windows and police officers, brandishing their batons, beat protestors and did their best to break up the angry crowds.

It’s now day five and the situation has worsened; more political agitation, more civil disobedience and more political instability.

A lot can happen in 24 hours.

Welcome to Pakistan.

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