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Pakistan's army in an unfamiliar place - the spotlight

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It is a well-worn saying that while most nations have an army, in Pakistan, the army has a nation.

Born as a nation for Muslims after the blood-soaked partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, and hostilities with larger India starting almost immediately over the contested Kashmir region, Pakistan is a country where the military has always had an outsize role in national affairs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2020, with the headline 'Pakistan's army in an unfamiliar place - the spotlight'. Print Edition | Subscribe